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Wbadmin start systemstatebackup

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Creates a system state backup of the local computer and stores it on the location specified.


This subcommand applies only to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Windows Server Backup does not back up or recover registry user hives (HKEY_CURRENT_USER) as part of system state backup or system state recovery.

To perform a system state backup with this subcommand, you must be a member of the Backup Operators group or the Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the appropriate permissions. In addition, you must run wbadmin from an elevated command prompt. (To open an elevated command prompt, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.)

For examples of how to use this subcommand, see Examples.


wbadmin start systemstatebackup


Parameter Description


Specifies the location where you want to store the backup. The storage location requires a drive letter or a GUID-based volume of the format: \\?\Volume{GUID}.

A system state backup to a shared network folder is not supported.


Runs the subcommand with no prompts to the user.


For information about saving a system state backup to a volume that, in turn, contains system state files, see article 944530 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base (


To create a system state backup and store it on volume f, type:

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backupTarget:f:

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