Using Windows 7 Wbadmin Command Line to Backup Data

December 25, 2014

Nowadays with the growth of database, people pay attention to their data security. Windows 7 Wbadmin command line can help to protect data because of the importance of data.

The Development of Wbadmin

Wbadmin is a command line that you can use it to backup files, folders, volumes, applications and system state. The command is a built-in backup tool applied to Windows 7/8/Vista, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2/2012. Microsoft supports Wbadmin to backup and restore data. In Windows, NTBackup is used to control backup process before. However, in Windows 2008 Wbadmin replaced NTBackup to backup and restore data. Although Wbadmin appeared in Windows Server 2008 for the first time, in fact, in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, it can be available. Actually, what functions does Wbadmin have?

Functions of Windows 7 Wbadmin

Because of different versions, the commands that Wbadmin can realize is different. For instance, in Windows Server 2008 R2 Wbadmin command line can realize the functions that previous versions cannot realize. For example, it can backup and restore system state, restore and delete catalog and so on. However, in Windows Vista/7, Wbadmin command can achieve a little functions.

As the case stands, what functions does Windows 7 Wbadmin can realize? Please click “Start” and write “cmd” to enter command prompt of Windows. Then run a command “Wbadmin /?” and you can know the commands that Wbadmin in Windows 7 can support. In Windows 7, Wbadmin can only supports 5 commands:

  • Start backup: run a one-time backup.
  • Stop job: stop the running backup and restore.
  • Get versions: list backup details that can be restored from the specified location.
  • Get items: list the items backup includes.
  • Get status: report the running operation status.

Windows 7 Wbadmin cannot run schedule backup and the functions are not powerful. Besides, in Windows 7, after you backup, there is not recovery command to restore data and it cannot support “Wbadmin start recovery”. In fact, you cannot realize command backup and recovery.

AOMEI Backupper Standard to Backup and Restore Data

To solve the problem, there is a software recommended to you, that is AOMEI Backupper Standard which can help users to create incremental and differential backup, schedule backup, file, folder, system, partition, disk backup. Also the software can support clone. After finishing backup, checking image is available. You can use the utility to check image, and if the image is incorrect, you can backup data again to ensure image correctness. Then restoring data form image is effective. Also you can use AOMEI Backupper to create bootable CD/USB or ISO file for booting computer after system crashes. Also here is an important feature, which is email notification to tell data backup is finished. AOMEI Backupper Standard has powerful functions, if you want to know the details, please click here.


In conclusion, you can choose Windows 7 Wbadmin or AOMEI Backupper according to your needs to backup data. But compared with Wbadmin, AOMEI Backupper is more useful for data backup and recovery.