Creating a system image under Windows 10/8.1 with PowerShell

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If you are using the new version Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you may have noticed that Windows 7 File Recovery, which was available under the hood of File History in Windows 8, has been removed in Windows 8.1. That’s why under Windows 8.1 you can’t create backup system images like you could under Windows 7 or Windows 8 – but the good news is that you can still extract backup images created under Windows 8 or Windows 7.

Create a system image under Windows 10/8.1

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Why did Microsoft delete the system image under Windows 8.1? The reason for deleting Windows 7 File Recovery,, which we could have used for a full backup or to create a system image, is that Microsoft felt that the Windows 7 backup tools were considered obsolete. Therefore, these obsolete tools with Windows 8.1, are no longer available. Another important reason might be that Microsoft wants users to fully trust the history of files – a simple backup solution introduced in Windows 8. In addition, the System Image Recovery option has been removed from the Advanced Startup Options menu.

So if you still want to create a complete system image in Windows 8.1, you will definitely need to use third-party imaging software. Meanwhile, there is always a way to create a full backup of Windows 8.1 – just like Windows 7 File Recovery in Windows 7 or Windows 8. To do this, you must use PowerShell.

Create a system image with PowerShell

1 Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator. To create a system image under Windows 8.1 with PowerShell, you must run the Wbadmin command.

2 Copy the following command, right-click in the Powershell window and paste, then press Enter :

 Start backup destination : E:-include : C:-quiet all-critical

Here is E: the target disk on which you want to backup the system image, and C: the system root disk on which Windows is installed. Change these variables according to your conditions.

3 To extract the system image created from the Windows 8 USB installation media, select’Advanced boot’ or’Run and copy’:

I hope you find this article useful!

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