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Configure Shadow Copy For Windows 10


Windows 10 lack the feature of schedule shadow copy like in windows 7 and server 2008. But you Still can do it with Win32_ShadowCopy class in WMI.

First enable the shadow copy option :

Open Control Panel -> system -> system protection tab ->choose drive letter-> click enable and set the amount of disk space you want to use

The command to run is (for drive c in this example) :

wmic shadowcopy call create Volume=c:\

to test this run on command prompt as administrator and check for creation of shadow copy

Create Schedule Task:

open Task Schedule and create task -> name it ShadowCopy_C (or any other name you want) ->select the triggers, once it was at 07:00 and 12:00 every day

At the action tab write WMIC -> at the arguments -> shadowcopy call create Volume=C:\

Do this for every partition


Good Luck




  • Alex says:

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for this great post!

    This problem was driving me nuts and I couldn’t find a practical solution to reenable those snapshots in Windows 10. This is so simple yet beautiful – oddly though nowhere described on the whole internet.


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  • Stan says:

    Thank you! This was a huge help. Like the Alex said, I could not find this described anywhere else.
    Quick and to the point!

  • satirap says:

    good article… work for me.

  • Ken says:

    This procedure was working for me in Windows 8 (file recuperation via localhost folder instead of menu tab). In Windows 10 however, the back-upped files aren’t visible anywhere.

  • Aaron says:

    I was able to get this working with Windows 10 using the instructions above. However, I had to use the following:

    At the action tab write WMIC -> at the arguments -> shadowcopy call create Volume=C:\

    The example above shows: Volume=’C:\’

    This was causing that following errors in Task Scheduler: 0x8004102F and 2147749935 (within the task history)

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