wbadmin start systemstatebackup

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

To perform a system state backup using this command, 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, by right-clicking Command Prompt, and then selecting Run as administrator.


Windows Server Backup doesn't back up or recover registry user hives (HKEY_CURRENT_USER) as part of system state backup or system state recovery.


wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backupTarget:<VolumeName> [-quiet]


Parameter Description
-backupTarget 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*}. Use the command -backuptarget:\\servername\sharedfolder\ to store system state backups.
-quiet Runs the command without prompts to the user.


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

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backupTarget:f: