Windows 8.1 Preview has removed the graphical interface for creating system images. However, the new OS allows system administrators to create and restore system image backups by PowerShell cmdlet, without Norton Ghost or other third-party softwares. That contain a full snapshot of the hard drive, including all critical volumes in the system state, user files and settings.
How to Create System Image Backup on Windows 8.1
* You’d better use an external drive such as USB flash or HDD. Shared network folder also work for the tips. Make sure they have enough free space.
* Connect an external drive to your tablet or computer via USB cable.
* Press Windows + X from keyboard, select “Windows PowerShell (Admin) ” from the menu
* Within PowerShell window, type the command below and then press Enter to run it:
wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:E: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet
Note: The command back up the C: drive to the E: drive. You should replace “E:” value with your own preferred driver to save the system image to.
* You could also try the command to back up several partitions,
wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:E: -include:C:,D:,F: -allCritical -quiet
* If your PC connects with a shared folder over the network, the command can create the images onto the folder
wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:\\the-remote-Computer-IP-address\\Folder -include:C: -allCritical -quiet
* To get more information with wbAdmin command, run wbAdmin start backup to view its options.