wbadmin start systemstaterecovery

Performs a system state recovery to a location and from a backup that you specify.

To perform a system state recovery 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 systemstaterecovery -version:<VersionIdentifier> -showsummary [-backupTarget:{<BackupDestinationVolume> | <NetworkSharePath>}]
[-machine:<BackupMachineName>] [-recoveryTarget:<TargetPathForRecovery>] [-authsysvol] [-autoReboot] [-quiet]


Parameter Description
-version Specifies the version identifier of the backup to recover in MM/DD/YYYY-HH:MM format. If you don't know the version identifier, run the wbadmin get versions command.
-showsummary Reports the summary of the last system state recovery (after the restart required to finish the operation). This parameter can't be accompanied by any other parameters.
-backupTarget Specifies the storage location with the backup(s) you want to recover. This parameter is useful when the storage location is different from where backups are usually stored.
-machine Specifies the name of the computer to recover the backup for. This parameter must be used when the -backupTarget parameter is specified. The -machine parameter is useful when multiple computers have been backed up to the same location.
-recoveryTarget Specifies what directory to restore to. This parameter is useful if the backup is restored to an alternate location.
-authsysvol Performs an authoritative restore of the System Volume (sysvol) shared directory.
-autoReboot Specifies to restart the system at the end of the system state recovery operation. This parameter is valid only for a recovery to the original location. We don't recommend you use this parameter if you need to perform steps after the recovery operation.
-quiet Runs the command without prompts to the user.


To start a system state recovery of the backup from 03/31/2020 at 9:00 A.M., type:

wbadmin start systemstaterecovery -version:03/31/2020-09:00

To start a system state recovery of the backup from 04/30/2020 at 9:00 A.M. that is stored on the shared resource \\servername\share for server01, type:

wbadmin start systemstaterecovery -version:04/30/2013-09:00 -backupTarget:\\servername\share -machine:server01