SQL SERVER – Fix : Error : SQLDUMPER library failed initialization. Your installation is either corrupt or has been tampered with. Please uninstall then re-run setup to correct to correct this problem. in a modal dialog with the title SQL Writer

I often receive emails from reader requesting solution to following error:

“SQLDUMPER library failed initialization. Your installation is either corrupt or has been tampered with. Please uninstall then re-run setup to correct to correct this problem.” in a modal dialog with the title “SQL Writer”

While searching online there are so many different solution and many time the solution is to reinstall SQL Server. There is no need to reinstall SQL Server or do any complex process. It is very simple to fix this issue.

Fix/Workaround/Solution:

Go to Add/Remove Program in windows Control Panel

Remove “microsoft SQL server vss writer” program

Reboot the computer.

The error should have gone by now. If you prefer you can reinstall SQL Server VSS Writer again.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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62 thoughts on “SQL SERVER – Fix : Error : SQLDUMPER library failed initialization. Your installation is either corrupt or has been tampered with. Please uninstall then re-run setup to correct to correct this problem. in a modal dialog with the title SQL Writer

  1. But what does SQL Server do? And will uninstalling it affect the performance of my computer or any programs in any way? If we can just uninstall it, why was it there in the first place?

  2. It’s a database program that sometimes comes preloaded on some systems. If you’re not doing anything with databases then you’re fine.

  3. What should I do if Remove “microsoft SQL server vss writer” program does not work? It asks for a msi file and I have no idea where to get it. Can you suggest some othe way to remove vss writer?

  4. sir,
    i just have uninstalled microsoft sql server VSS writer by mistake from my computer.i am worried does this would anyhow affect my computer or asp.net web development.please reply sir.i am too tensed.

  5. That Fixed it…. I downloaded a trial of Microsoft Office 2007 and when the trial expired I removed it but not all of the files were removed with its removal option.

    Nothing like getting a trial that screws up your computer

    • I think that is what happened to me too, because I started seeing this error window right after I tried to delete the trail version. Also, I can’t open my old versions of Word and Excel now without error messages. oh brother!

  6. hello sir,

    i found some error when drop one table that’s name HHCCustomer.when this table drop one error occure i.e Server: Msg 7105, Level 22, State 3, Line 1
    Page (1:63016), slot 0 for text, ntext, or image node does not exist.

    plz help me how to drop table.

    Regards,
    Venkat

  7. I tried to uninstall it, but I get an error message saying “Another installation is already in progress. Complete that installation before proceeding wtih this install.”

  8. I know this post is too old for someone to comment here and expect a response, but I couldn’t resist asking this question:-

    As far as I can see, this is no solution, this is removing the program that’s having a problem altogether, how about if I need SQL Writer to work ? what do I do ?

  9. It’s been a while since last comment but actually Ammar has asked a good questions. How should I fix the problem if I need SQL Writer (for third party backup software that’s backing up database using VSS). Is it matter of reinstalling/repairing SQL Server VSS ?
    Cheers,
    Andrzej

  10. Ditto!

    How should I fix the problem if I need SQL Writer if I need SQL Writer ????

    “””””””””It’s been a while since last comment but actually Ammar has asked a good questions. How should I fix the problem if I need SQL Writer (for third party backup software that’s backing up database using VSS). Is it matter of reinstalling/repairing SQL Server VSS ?”
    “”””””””””””””””””””

  11. I agree. Is there a way to actually fix SQL server vss writer? If we need to remove it to get rid of the error message, how do we get it back. It is a necessary component for many servers.

  12. Sean
    But what does SQL Server do? And will uninstalling it affect the performance of my computer or any programs in any way? If we can just uninstall it, why was it there in the first place?

    This was the first response and I would like to know tha answer to this.
    Thanks,
    Richard Villiva

  13. Somehow this error is stopping my desktop from booting all the way. I can’t even get to the add/remove programs. My mouse moves on the screen, the keyboard in unresponsive (but works if I hit f2 or f12 at boot up.) I could get to the processes window, but no icons or start menu is visible.

  14. Thanks so much for this thread. My problem fixed easy without disrupting or damaging other programs in my compter. And more importantly, no more worrying message (for a non-tech person like me).

    Thanks also for the convincing explanation that uninstalling the SQLDUMPER is safe for those who do not need this program – and I suspect this would be the majority of lay-users :-)

    Jules – Indonesia

  15. I can only get the computer to the Windows XP screen and then I press Alt, Control, Delete and then the error screen comes on. My bookeeper says she was able the just press “OK” and then the programs would come up. But nothing happens at all from there for me. How would I get to the Window Control Panel when I can’t get out of the Error Box?

  16. RE: “thnks 4 da solution bt hw wuld i reinstall da vss writer?”

    Maybe you should not touch a PC/server, let alone SQL/services until you learn how to write a sentence!

  17. Dear Sir,
    I have uninstall the vss writer and error get resolved but i wants to know that it may effect on preformance or not .

    Early response with appropriated .

    Warm Regards
    Ravinder Singh Rana.

  18. Hi,
    Am having an error

    “CmdImportDatabase()[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Database ‘Net2′ cannot be upgraded because it is read-only or has read-only files. Make database or files writeable, and rerun recovery.
    [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server] could not open new database ‘Net2′. CREATE DATABASE is aborted.(0x80040D57)

    when loading a database back into an application. Kindly help me to see if there is a solution for this.

    Regards,

    Bola

  19. I’ll be the 10th or 12th person to ask this obvioius question: Where do I get the link to re-install SQL VSS Server Writer? Anyone? Thank you.

  20. Windows XP – When you go to control panel-add remove programs. You will see the MICROSOFT SERVER SQL VSS WRITER. Instead of uninstalling if you click on “change” it will give you the option to repair it and it will reinstall it.

    • Thank you for this ‘skyambler’! We asked the obvious question too: “how do I mend it rather than removing it?” and your answer was easy to follow and worked. Fab.

  21. For those of you (Xp users) who wish to remove the message, but who are also worried about uninstalling your sqldumper:

    1. Open control panel -
    2. Click on administrative tools
    3. Click on services
    4. scroll down to SQL Server VSS Writer, double click on it.
    5. Change starttype setting from “automatic” to “manual”

  22. I am not a big fan of disabling or worse uninstalling an application/service when I don’t completely understand its purpose/function. Therefore, I would suggest that you do what I did on my Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2 Domain Controller that is also our company’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and repair the Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer using the following:

    1. Open Control Panel
    2. Open Add and Remove Programs
    3. Select Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer and click on the Change button
    4. Click the Next button at the Setup Wizard Welcome screen
    5. Select the Repair option and click the Next button
    6. Once the Repair process completes, Exit the Setup Wizard

    Note: In my case, a reboot wasn’t even required.

    I hope this helps someone.

  23. Ben – thank you! Changing from automatic to manual in services has fixed the startup error without having to uninstall a program that I may not have the ability to reinstall if it proves needed by other programs.

  24. sql server setup has encountered the following error:

    MsiGetProduct Failed To retrive ProductVersion for package with product code={72DE3C67-FB48-450E-8BEA-4EB13B53355D}’ Error Code:1608

    Hi Pinal Sir,

    when i am installing sql server R2 in my pc ,i am getting this type of error.i can’t understand why it show…..

    Please Help Me Sir…….

  25. For those that are looking to correct the issue with Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer, rather than just uninstalling it or disabling it… I thought I would let you know my findings.

    After going through the installation logs, I was able to determine that the failure was with XML. While attempting to uninstall all version of XML, I discovered that I had a corrupted XML version 6, sp2, which refused to uninstall. I had to remove all instances from the registry and then, after rebooting, installed the XML Parser.

    I was then able to install SQL Server without issue. It’s possible that just correcting the XML problems may solve the errors with VSS Writer, and avoid the need to uninstall or disable it.

    Best of luck!

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    • have tried this an cannot remove before computer shuts down. Also tied to make it a manual in the service menu but it will not let me change

  27. After I restored database, Log (SQL default log folder) folder is getting filled with SQLDump log files. This is eating up all space. Within 1-2 hr. it generates 100-150 GB log.
    In log file am getting – spid 23 Exception 0xc0000005 EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION reading address 0000000000000000 at 0x0000000000801C97 and SqlDumpExceptionHandler: Process 28 generated fatal exception c0000005 EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION. SQL Server is terminating this process.

    Can you please help me resolving the error.

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