System Image Backup in Windows 8.1

windows 8.1 comes with a feature to create a system image backup for the purpose of system restore when things have gone bad.  with this feature, you can restore your PC to the last known good working state in no time, with (almost) everything installed and is ready to move on.

it’s fairly simple to create a system image backup in windows 8.1. the magic command is as follows:

wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:<backup.destination>: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet

replace the <backup.destination> with the drive letter of your backup drive or location in the network share. the above command only back up the OS partition and required system partitions to restore a working system. it includes all the user folders and files stored in the OS partition, so basically the system image created this way restores everything.

note that it also captures the system state of your current setup. this simply means if you create something like a junction in the OS partition to another drive, it will also include the entire destination drive in the system image creation process. the restore process must be carried out to its entirety. (as far as i know i don’t see any option for me to choose which partition to be restored) if you want to create a system image that contains only the OS partition, then you should remove everything that cause the inclusion of additional backups before running the command.

reference:

  1. How to Create and Restore System Image Backups on Windows 8.1
  2. How to find the system image tool in Windows 8.1
  3. Create System Image Backup of Windows 8.1 and Restore from it
  4. Guide To Windows 8.1 System Image Backup
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