Sometimes, Windows users experience an error such as "The shadow copy provider had an unexpected error while trying to process the specified operation (ox8004230F)" in the process of trying to create a System Restore point when you are about to make some changes in your computer.
Here at Outsource Path, as part of our Technical Support Services, we regularly help our Customers to fix Windows related errors.
In this context, we shall look into what causes this error and how to get rid of it.
Nature and causes of Windows Error 0x8004230F?
Creating a System Restore point helps to ensure that the system settings and files can go back to an earlier point, should something go wrong, without affecting any personal files.
However, there are cases when creating a System Restore Point does not go smoothly and you encounter an error such as;
The shadow copy provider had an unexpected error while trying to process the specified operation (ox8004230F).
Aside from creating System Restore Point, you can also encounter this error when you create a system image or backup.
This error is triggered when the required services are not running or not properly responding.
Now let us see how to resolve this Windows error.
How to fix Windows Error 0x8004230F?
You can try the following tips to fix this error.
1. Try checking the status of the Volume Shadow Copy Service
To do this, do the following;
i. Tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run utility and type "services.msc" in the field and hit Enter to open the Windows Services Manager.
ii. From the list of services, look for the Volume Shadow Copy service and double click on it.
iii. After that, this will open the Properties where you have to make sure that the Startup type is set to Automatic (Delayed Start) and then click on the Start button underneath it.
iv. Once done, click on Apply and then OK to save the changes made.
v. Now try creating a System Restore Point again and see if the error is already fixed or not.
2. Try to run the VSSADMIN tool
In case you don’t know, the shadow copy provider is sensitive and some other backup, disk cloning, etc. can make it malfunction.
To fix this, you can run the VSSADMIN tool by following these steps:
i. Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box and type “cmd” and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.
ii. Next, execute this command to check if you have other third party VSS admin providers: vssadmin list providers
iii. After that, if it finds any, you need to disable them but if it does not find anything, then proceed.
3. Try to check the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service status
To do this, follow the steps below;
i. Tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run utility and type “services.msc” in the field and hit Enter to open the Windows Services Manager.
ii. From the list of services, look for the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service and double click on it.
iii. After that, this will open the Properties where you have to make sure that the Startup type is set to Automatic (Delayed Start).
iv. Once done, click Apply and OK to save the changes and then try creating System Restore Point again.
4. Troubleshot the problem in a Clean Boot State
It is possible that some third party program installed in your computer might be the one that’s causing the ox8004230F when you try to create a System Restore point. Thus, you can try to boot your computer in a Clean Boot State and then try to perform the task again.
i. Log onto your PC as administrator.
ii. Type in msconfig in the Start Search to open the System Configuration utility.
iii. From there, go to the General tab and click “Selective startup”.
iv. Clear the “Load Startup items” check box and make sure that the “Load System Services” and “Use Original boot configuration” options are checked.
v. Next, click the Services tab and select “Hide All Microsoft Services” check box.
vi. Click Disable all.
vii. Click on Apply/OK and restart your PC. (This will put your PC into a Clean Boot State. And to configure Windows to use the usual startup, just simply undo the changes.)
viii. Once your computer has restarted try to create a System Restore Point again and if it now works, start to isolate the problem by checking which one of the programs you installed recently is the root cause of the problem.