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Windows 7: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

12 May 2015   #670
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello betaupsilon,

That is correct. The Vol Shdw service needs to be enabled and running to create a system image.
Should I have gotten the error message at the time of the system image creation instead?


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12 May 2015   #671
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That would be more helpful, but it often will try, then fail at some point.
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14 Aug 2015   #672
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 
Creating a SYSTEM IMAGE from WIN7 boot disk?

Hi Shawn,
Another curiosity question about the WIN7 backup utility:
To create a system image is it ABSOLUTELY necessary to have fully booted into WINDOWS? The reason I ask is that you can do a SYSTEM IMAGE recovery by booting from a WINDOWS CD. Can an image be created as well, but the CMD prompt is probably the only avenue to do so. I do not know if the necessary commands exist to execute this task.
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14 Aug 2015   #673
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello betaupsilon,

Yes, you should be able to create a system image in a command prompt at boot. The link below is a discussion on this that should help.

Wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:L: -include:C: -quiet


Wbadmin from cmd of a recovery disk
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15 Aug 2015   #674
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello betaupsilon,

Yes, you should be able to create a system image in a command prompt at boot. The link below is a discussion on this that should help.

Wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:L: -include:C: -quiet


Wbadmin from cmd of a recovery disk
I read the thread you linked to above & it seems to me that this would not work from a recovery CD or DVD, but the WinPE disk probably can. I have one of those. Perhaps I will give it a shot.
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15 Aug 2015   #675
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Please let us know how it went if you give it a play.
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16 Aug 2015   #676
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Well I tried it & got the message "START BACKUP command is not supported in Windows Recovery Environment." I thought my disk was a WinPE disk, perhaps not.
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16 Aug 2015   #677
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello betaupsilon,

Yeah, you'll need to create the backup from within Windows.
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17 Aug 2015   #678
betaupsilon

Windows 7 Home Prem 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Please let us know how it went if you give it a play.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello betaupsilon,

Yeah, you'll need to create the backup from within Windows.
May as well use the BACKUP utility if I am in WINDOWS. I would have thought there might have been some demand to use the CMD prompt to create an image outside of booting into WINDOWS itself.
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22 Aug 2015   #679
RonAshman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi! This has been really helpful. I have done it in my computer twice.

Have 2 question though.

1) Would it be the same if I just backup the Windows partition after installing and then copying it back to a clean partition or disk whenever I want?

2) Can I use the backup (this method or backup partition) in another computer than the one I created it with?


Thanks
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