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How to Schedule a System Image Backup Windows 8.1


Windows 8.1 comes with really great feature i.e. System Image Backup but lacks of schedule backup daily,weekly or monthly feature.
What can be done to configure this as a scheduled job to backup a machine every night as an image? Do not worry as its still possible to take system image backup on scheduled time by creating simple batch file or power shell script.
In this article I am going to show you how to create Simple Batch script for daily backup.
Create Simple Batch file as shown below, This will backup the C:\ drive to your E:\ drive.  The -allCritical option tells it to backup the critical volumes containing the System state of Windows 8.1 and the -quiet tells it to run without prompting user.
wbAdmin.exe start backup -backupTarget:E: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet

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If you want to take backup on remote network drives use below command script.
wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:\\192.168.100.5\Backups -include:C:,D: -allCritical  –quiet
Now its time to run created Batch file everyday at 1:00 PM via Task scheduler. To do the same navigate to Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Task Scheduler
In Task Scheduler windows click on Create Basic Task,
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Assign any Name to your task & click Next.
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In Task Trigger windows you can select when you want the task to Start. In my case its daily.
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Here you can configure the Time when you want to start the Backup & recurrence.
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In Action window, select “Start a Program” option as we want to run Batch file.
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In Program/Script option provide path of your Batch file & click next.
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Click on Finish to create task. Enter password if Task Scheduler ask for the same.
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Now you can see the newly created backup scheduled task.
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