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Enable a Full Shadow Copy for the whole drive or folder using PowerShell

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Here's the simplest way to set up a shadow copy of a drive is to use the wmic tool from PowerShell.
  1. Right-click the Start button and select Windows Terminal (Admin); on Windows 10, choose PowerShell (Admin) instead.
  2. Type and run the following command: wmic shadowcopy call create Volume=C:\
  3. The system will now generate snapshots for the drive or folder (including its subfolders), don't shut down or restart your computer for the next 15-20 minutes. You can close the Windows Terminal.
Notes:
Shadow copies created in this way are somewhat different from classic recovery points. Windows won’t be able to use them for System Restore. That’s because the traditional restore point will not be created when the above command is executed.
 
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