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Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut

How to Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
18 Dec 2011
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How to Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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This will show how to download a Create Incremental Backup shortcut that will instantly create a incremental backup of the last previously created Windows backup set, and show a progress bar in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

Note   Note
Each new backup is saved in this format:

drive letter:\computer name\Backup Set YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS

Inside each new Backup Set folder will be Backup Files YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS folders that are incremental backups of that specific backup set.

When this shortcut is used, it will instantly create a new Backup Files folder in the Backup Set folder for the last (newest) backup set created. This is the same as clicking on the Back up now button in "Backup and Restore" to manually create another backup of what you already had setup.

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Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut-backup_files.jpg
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To be able to use this shortcut:
  • You must be logged in as an administrator.
  • You would have needed to previously set up backup and created a Windows backup since this shortcut creates a new incremental backup of this backup set.

EXAMPLE: Progress bar
NOTE: This is the progress bar that you will see when you run the shortcut indicating that the backup is in progress and at what percentage complete.
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Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut-complete.jpg




Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut OPTION ONE Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut
To Download and Setup the "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Create_Incremental_Backup_for_Last_Backup_Set.zip

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2. Click on Save and save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Open the downloaded .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) all of it's contents to your desktop.

4. Right click on the extracted Create Incremental Backup for Last Backup Set.vbs file, click on Properties, General tab, and click on the Unblock button if available.
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the file is already unblocked and you can continue on.

5. Right click on the now unblocked Create Incremental Backup for Last Backup Set.vbs file, and click on Cut.

6. Navigate to C:\Windows in Windows Explorer, then right click on a empty area of the window and click on Paste to move the .vbs file here.

7. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue and Yes.

8. Right click on the extracted Create Incremental Backup shortcut, click on Properties, General tab, and click on the Unblock button if available.
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the file is already unblocked and you can continue on.

9. You can now assign a keyboard shortcut, place in Quick Launch, or move this Create Incremental Backup shortcut to where you like for easy use.



Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut OPTION TWO Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut
To Remove the "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut
1. Delete the Create Incremental Backup shortcut.

2. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the .vbs file below, right click on it, and click on Delete.
C:\Windows\Create Incremental Backup for Last Backup Set.vbs
3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.
That's it,
Shawn


18 Oct 2013   #1
nooruddin76

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Good One, Shawn !!! This Incremental Backup can save a lot of space and time .. Thank U (again)


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25 Feb 2015   #2
huskertsunami

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 
WIN 7 Incremental backup refuses to comply

Shawn,
I hope this gets to you. I know this thread is somewhat dated, but it seems appropriate to my struggles.

I have created a backup of one of my partitions on the drive I designate for my data which is separate from the system partition. I have in the past created incremental backups via WIN7 BACKUP utility, but now it simply refuses & it only will do a full backup.

I have read all of the mixed threads about the effectiveness of the WIN 7 BACKUP utility & the 1 common theme that seems to hinder incremental backups is the file sharing of the WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER. I disabled it & still seem to have trouble.

At this moment I double checked that the WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER NETWORK SHARING service is disabled & rebooted my system. I have downloaded the tool Create_Incremental_Backup_for_Last_Backup_Set.zip. I am recreating a FULL backup to an external USB drive. I will then merge more files to the partition via WINMERGE utility & will try your tool, but I am pessimistic.

Is there anything else I should do? At this juncture I am about to abandon the WIN7 BACKUP utility & simply go to the CMD mode & use XCOPY.
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25 Feb 2015   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Husker,

If this shortcut doesn't do the trick for you, then you might try the Macrium Reflect Free program to see how it may work for you. It's a good backup program.
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25 Feb 2015   #4
huskertsunami

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

Does the MACRIUM free version do incremental backups? I thought that it did not.
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25 Feb 2015   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Your correct, the free version does do incremental.

This one below will though. Sorry.

Info: Best Free Backup Software for Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, XP

Download link: Welcome AOMEI Backupper Standard users
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25 Feb 2015   #6
huskertsunami

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

I tried a simple experiment by copying one of the subdirectories or subfolder & pasted it on the root directory of that partition. I then used your incremental backup tool, and the incremental backup worked. I will now try to merge updated files from another partition to this one & repeat. I will get back to you with the results.
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25 Feb 2015   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Good news so far.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2015   #8
huskertsunami

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

So far it is working. Is there something different about your tool as opposed to running the backup straight from the WIN7 BACKUP utility? The WIN7 BACKUP utility pops up after I run the tool you supplied to this tutorial.
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25 Feb 2015   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, I am not really a friend of incrementals. They are much more difficult to manage than full images. Today you can buy a 2TB USB3 external disk for $69, so space should not be a real argument. And time neither because you can continue working whilst the image is being written.

Today I setup Macrium for a friend of my wife. We took the first image of all partitions (but not the recovery partition) of this new 8.1 system. It took exactly 4.4 minutes. Write speeds hovered between 1.1 and 1.2Gb/sec. And that on a $299 desktop upgraded with a $60 SSD.

But if you want to make the differential images as suggested by Shawn, you can make your first image with this command:

wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:X: -include:C: -AllCritical -quiet

You have to replace "X" with the volume letter of your backup device. All partitions relevant for proper operations will be includded (AllCritical).
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