How to plan a backup system image in Windows 8.1
A couple of months ago, we talked about that from the preview version of Windows 8.1 was deleted by tool to create an image backup of the system. Along with the final version of the OS, this tool is back, but this is a critical function, as the ability to schedule automatic backup system on a daily or weekly basis, it does not.
What’s next? Do not worry as you can still set up an automatic backup system image, and for this we will use PowerShell. This tool will help us to add a task in task scheduler that will automatically run at the specified time. Just follow the guide below.
To start, decide how often it should be backed up daily or weekly. Also, make sure that you understand that each new backup replaces the previous one.
Connect an external hard drive with enough free space – it depends on how much information is stored on your hard drive (s).
Start PowerShell as administrator (this is very important because this operation requires maximum administrator privileges).
Tip: to run PowerShell as administrator, go to the start screen, type «powershell» in the search results pane, right-click on Windows PowerShell, and then click «Run as administrator».
To schedule a daily full backup system image, type the following command and press Enter:
SCHTASKS /Create /SC DAILY /TN /RL HIGHEST /ST <The time in 24-hour format>>: -include:<The letter of the drive where you installed Windows>: -allCritical -quiet”
SCHTASKS /Create /SC DAILY /TN DailyFullBackup /RL HIGHEST /ST 14:06 /TR “wbAdmin Start Backup -backupTarget:F: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet”
To schedule a weekly full image backup of the system, type the following command and press Enter:
SCHTASKS /Create /SC WEEKLY /D /TN /RL HIGHEST /ST /TR “wbAdmin Start Backup -backupTarget:: -include:<The letter of the drive where you installed Windows>: -allCritical -quiet”
SCHTASKS /Create /SC WEEKLY /D MON /TN WeeklyFullBackup /RL HIGHEST /ST 13:00 /TR “wbAdmin Start Backup -backupTarget:F: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet”
If you want to check if the created task, click on the keyboard Win + R, in the dialog box «Run», type the command taskschd.msc and press Enter. When will the «task Scheduler» in left window click on «task scheduler Library».
In the list on the right you should see the task you just created. You can also try to troubleshoot if the task does not work correctly.