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Make System Backup Image in Windows 8.1 with the Help of Command Prompt

Posted in Windows9 years ago • Written by Hammad RafiqueComments Off on Make System Backup Image in Windows 8.1 with the Help of Command Prompt

System Image was initially introduced in Windows Vista. This feature enables the users to create the drive backup image without using any third-party software. Usually the users of Windows 8.1 perform this task after the installation of the drivers for all of their devices, optimization of Windows and after installation of their desired software. Sometimes your hard drive fails or you need to re-install Windows in your system and you do not want to follow the tiresome process of re-installation, the backup file can help you a lot.

Unluckily, this feature has not been added into Windows 8.1 by Microsoft due to various reasons, but the users would be glad to know that they can create system image by using a third-party tool as the only UI version of backup image has been removed from Windows 8.1 and the users can create it through Command Prompt. There are many tools available for this purpose. You can use Windows PowerShell that is one of the best data recovery solutions for your computer. Here, we will use the Command Prompt for creating a system image in Windows 8.1. You need a USB drive that should consist of enough space to save data on the drive you are going to take backup.

Steps to Create System Backup Image in Windows 8.1

Here is the process you need to follow for this purpose.

Step 1: You should attach the USB drive to your system.

Step 2: You need to go to the Start screen and type “cmd” in the Search box to open Command Prompt. There are several other ways you can follow to open it. You can use Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys simultaneously to do this task. It can be opened by going to the Apps Section where you will Command Prompt at the end of the section. Run it as an administrator.

Start Screen in Windows 8.1Step 3: Now write the following command in Command Prompt and press Enter.

WbAdmin start backup –backupTarget:D: -include:C: –allCriticalquiet

Command Prompt in Windows 8.1Step 4: Now you need to replace “D” with the USB drive you have attached to your system and “C” should be replaced with the drive where you have installed Windows 8.1.

Now you will see the tool has started backing up Drive C and D.

Process of Creating System ImageStep 5: The whole process may take a few hours if you have huge data in your drives. When you see the message “The Backup Operation successfully completed”, it is safe for you to remove the USB drive and put it in a secure place.

System Image Created Successfully