P2V Failure using Vmware Converter

Ran into an interesting issue.. I was trying to convert a Windows XP VM from xen to vmware using vCenter Converter Standalone. Conversion will fail in 10 seconds with Status “Failed: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volume(s) Error Code: 2147754776 (0x80042318)..

Upon examining Application event log – I saw two different VSS errors for every attempt I made


Volume Shadow Copy Service error: An internal inconsistency was detected in trying to contact shadow copy service writers. Please check to see that the Event Service and Volume Shadow Copy Service are operating properly.

Error: 5013

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Shadow Copy writer ContentIndexingService called routine RegQueryValueExW which failed with status 0x80070002 (converted to 0x800423f4).

upon running

vssadmin list writers on target I received Error: 0x8000FFFF. Inconsitency have been detected. That’s it nothing else.

Upon researching further I came across following link which spells out solution


End user had uninstalled visio from the machine so to reslove this issue I had to delete visio key located under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex\Catalogs

It is also vaguely documented on Microsoft knowledge base



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