Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Uninstalling Grayed out Generic Volume Shadow copies

  1. #1

    Uninstalling Grayed out Generic Volume Shadow copies

    Is there a fast way to delete the grayed out Generic Volume Shadow Copy drivers? I have a couple of thousand of them which I believe is the cause of Devices and Printers taking 2 to 3 minutes to load. I've started uninstalling the grayed out ones manually, but that is going to take forever.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Quit looking. I found it... Ghostbuster...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffL View Post
    Quit looking. I found it... Ghostbuster...
    Thanks for sharing this.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4

    Be careful using Ghostbuster. There are some grayed out drivers that should not be removed. Also, any device not currently connected will appears as grayed out and you may not want to remove those.

    What I did was right click on one of the Generic Volume Shadow Copy lines, clicked on Add Class (making it my only class). The good ones turned green, and the ghosts turned a darker sort of orange. Then I clicked on Remove Ghosts, and all the "ghosted" Generic Volume Shadow Copies went away.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5

    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 1511.14

    I had hundreds of them as well. I deleted them through Windows disk cleanup. There is an option to delete all except the latest. Now they are gone from device manager.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6

    I had tried Windows Disk Clean Up (I even checked Clean Up System Files), but it still left thousands of grayed out Generic Volume Shadow Copies. Ghostbuster did the trick for me. It now takes about a minute, instead of 3 minutes, to load Devices and Printers, but that's because I still have a ton of good Volume Shadow Copies. What I really wanted to get to is my printer queues, so I made I short cut to the printers and now I can get to them instantly.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Uninstalling Grayed out Generic Volume Shadow copies
Related Threads
Solved Volume shadow copy error in Performance & Maintenance
Hello, Following ongoing and never ending battle with house member installing numerous software hijacks to control my laptop. (I know I sound paranoid but if you only knew). Anyway, when I try system restore it is not available and says the volume shadow copy isn't working. Any ideas?
Shadow Copy in Performance & Maintenance
In Disk Cleanup, Under Cleanup System Files- If you delete all but last restore points and Shadow Copies, It says backup shadow copies will be deleted also. Does that mean that Image backups that you have made will not restore? 58199 58200
Hi All, I want to format my external hard drive into two partitions so that I can use one of them as a recovery drive for my Windows PC and the other one for my personal data. I am using Windows 8.1. It is a 1TB WD Elements hard drive currently formatted into one exFAT partition. It is about...
I'm using a Logitech 35 headset on Windows 8.1 64-bit and all drivers are updated but when i want to adjust the volume, the volume mixer becomes unresponsive and stops working and my headset stops receiving sounds.
Hello Guys, this is my first post on eightforums, i recently got a new laptop "asus vivobook" that came preloaded with windows 8. The laptop comes with a hybrid 24 GB ssd (8GB of those are for the system files,windows 8 is installed on,the remaining are in a 2nd partition for recovery) i...
I have seen some around and can gain access to them but they are from dubious sources. What's the latest build number you recommend and a safe place to download it? Thanks.
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook