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Delete a shadow copy

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To delete a shadow copy

  1. Open Computer Management.

  2. In the console tree, right-click Shared Folders, select All Tasks, and then click Configure Shadow Copies.


    • Computer Management/System Tools/Shared Folders
  3. In the Shadow Copies dialog box, click the shadow copy that you want to delete and click Delete Now.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.

  • To open Computer Management, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.

  • Shadow copies are not included in backups; once they are deleted, they cannot be restored.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Shared Folders overview
Enable Shadow Copies for Shared Folders
Disable Shadow Copies for Shared Folders