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.


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 (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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  • Thanks for that it workied on a clients PC who was having the same error

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gheorghe Iftimi
    February 11, 2012 3:23 pm

    Thanks for this thread! God be with you!

  • Thank you -Thank you- Thank you.-For everyone’s input. Bought Microsoft Office 2007 and got this bug with it–now I can fix it.

  • Benjamin Breeg
    April 23, 2012 11:05 pm

    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”

  • Benjamin, kudos. That was the most elegant solution posted!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…….

  • 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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  • Thanks it worked

  • what if the computer keeps turning off before you can uninstall


    • 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

  • Wilfredo de Jesus-Rivera
    January 29, 2014 10:22 am

    Thanks for your advise. I fixed in Server 2003 PC Station.

  • Worked for me, too – cheers

  • I can’t get pass this SQL message. Also my mouse won’t work. How do I fix this.

  • Sunil Agarwal
    May 13, 2014 2:39 pm

    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.

  • Long shot, I hope someone sees this and replies…
    I’m getting the same SQL dumper error but in add/remove programmes there’s no option to remove the SQL server. There are three items:
    Microsoft SQL Server VSS writer
    Microsoft SQL Server Setup Support Files, and
    Microsoft SQL Server Native Client
    There is however no option available to change/remove the programme. It just shows me the size and says rarely used.
    Is there another way to remove the programme?


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