Reuschtools Administrators' Manual

This manual uses didactic coloring:

expanded example

1: rtcmd.exe

Back-End console application.

1.1 Backup

1.1.1 PrivateBackup (pb)

create or update zip file

rtcmd pb [-OPT] [p=PASSWORD] [u=USER,..] s=SOURCE [t[TOPT]=TARGET] ..

Private Backup creates one or more Zip compressed backup copies from a folder or a drive. If a file is EFS encrypted, it is assured to remain encrypted inside all backup copies.

rtcmd pb s=MyItems

The content of the folder MyItems will be copied into a Zip file. OPT

General Options, a combination of the following characters:

a Access Control Access Control Lists are backed up.
b Binary Check All files are scanned bit by bit.
f Forensic Check Like Binary Check, a message box appears before files are replaced.
m Move Deletes the original folder after successfull backup.
n New No Template.
u Update Private-Backup will be aborted with OK if nothing has changed compared to the Template.
tx Targets At least x targets must exist.
v VSS VSS is activated immediately. Without this option, VSS is activated as soon as a open source file is detected.
x eXtended The content of Reparse Points and Volume Mount Points will be added to the backup.
e Encrypt Zip files on local hard drives (NTFS), will be encrypted using EFS. All other Zip files will also be sealed.
k Key Reports an error when a file is EFS encrypted. This option is useful to backup the EFS key itself.
p Password Enables Zip encryption and asks for a password.
r Raw EFS encrypted files will be backed up as RAW files. This is the default for unencrypted folders. If you do not own the EFS key for a file, it will always be backed up as RAW file.
s Seal Seals all Zip archives with EFS. This is the default for encrypted folders.
i[x] Integrate No user interaction. The Integration Number x determines if error messages, warnings, or dialogs will be displayed.
o[x] Optional The wizard will show up and parameters enterd by the command line can be modified. The wizard will store theses changes in slot x for the next run.
Log File
q Quiet Displays only a start and stop message. If successful, a complete log file will be written to RT_LOG and in case of failure to RT_ERROR.
t Talk Show Access Control Lists, requires CONTROL a to be set.


rtcmd pb -o3nm s=MyItems

The folder MyItems will be copied into a Zip file. No template will be used. The source folder will be deleted after successful backup. The wizard will show up and command line parameters can be modified. Changes will be stored in slot number 3 and reused when the wizard starts again. PASSWORD

Enables Zip encryption and passes the password.

rtcmd pb p=38zec47xc662 s=MyItems

The content of the folder MyItems will copied into a Zip file with Zip encryption. USER

You must have the Public Keys for the USERs added here. It will trigger EFS encryption for the content of the generated Zip file.

rtcmd pb u=ben u=bob s=MyItems

You, Ben and Bob will be able to read the content of the Zip file. SOURCE

Folder to be backed up. SOURCE can contain Path Wildcards:

rtcmd pb s="*DOCUMENTS\My Items"
rtcmd pb s="C:\Users\Ben\Documents\My Items"

The folder My Items will copied to a Zip file. The folder is located in Ben's Documents directory and Ben is the current user. If the name of a folder contains spaces, it must be set in quotes. TOPT

Target Options, a combination of the following characters:

dX Day Delete all Number Zips in the destination folder that are older than X days.
f Files Delete as many old Number Zips in the destination folder, until the space for the new Zip is sufficient.
fX Files Keep the latest X Number Zips in the destination folder.
m Memory Delete as many old Zips in the destination folder, until the space for the new Zip is sufficient.
mX Memory Delete as many old archives in the destination folder, until the disk space required by the target folder will be less than X MB.
nX Number X targets will be selected at maximum. Use this option together with Drive Wildcards.
o Optional This target is optional. Skip without ERROR if it is not accessible.
oX Optional At least X targets must be accessible or the backup will fail with ERROR. Use this option together with Drive Wildcards.


rtcmd pb s=MyLogs to2n3f30=*NET\*

A minimum of 2 network targets must be accessible. A maximum of 3 network targets will be served. There will be a maximum of 30 Number Zips in each target directory. TARGET

Target Zip file. If no file name is specified, the filename will be the name of the source folder with .zip extension:

rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=X:\
rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=X:\

If a filename has been specified for a previous target, it will be used:

rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=c:\ t=d:\
rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=c:\ t=d:\

You can control encryption by specifying a file extension. The folder MyItems will be copied to a transportable EFS encrypted Zip:

rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=.seal
rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=MyItems.seal

A * will create a Number Zip with the name consisting of the current date and time (27 January 2022 22:42:42):

rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=*
rtcmd pb s=MyItems

TARGET can contain Backup Wildcards:

rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=D:\*ARCH\
rtcmd pb s=MyItems t=D:\RtArch\ben\Documents\MyItems\


1.1.2 PrivateRestore (pr)

restore from zip file

rtcmd pr [-OPT] [p=PASSWORD] [t=TARGET] s=SOURCE ...

Private Restore can show a chronological list with all backup copies, that match to a folder or a drive.

Private Restore can restore a folder or a drive from a Zip file.

rtcmd pr

A folder with the name MyItems will be created and restored from OPT

General Options, a combination of the following characters:

a Access Control Access Control Lists are restored.
b Binary Check All files are verified bit by bit.
f Forensic Check Like Binary Check, a message box appears before files are replaced.
m Move Deletes the Zip file after successfull restore.
n New Replaces all files even if they have not been modified.
x eXtended Restoring includes the content of Reparse Points and Volume Mount Points.
i[x] Integrate No user interaction. The Integration Number x determines if error messages, warnings, or dialogs will be displayed.
o[x] Optional The wizard will show up and parameters enterd by the command line can be modified. The wizard will store theses changes in slot x for the next run.
Log File
q Quiet Displays only a start and stop message. If successful, a complete log file will be written to RT_LOG and in case of failure to RT_ERROR.
t Talk Show Access Control Lists, requires CONTROL a to be set.


rtcmd pr -o3m

The folder MyItems will be restored from will be deleted after a successful restore. The wizard will show up and command line parameters can be modified. Changes will be stored in slot number 3 and reused when the wizard starts again. PASSWORD
rtcmd pr p=38zec47xc662

If is Zip encryption and you do not pass a password with the command line, you will be asked for the password while the restore is running. SOURCE

You must specifie at least one Zip file. SOURCE can contain a Drive Wildcard, a Backup Wildcard and an Object Wildcard.

rtcmd pr t=MyItems s=*HD\*ARCH\* s=*RD\*ARCH\*

Scan all hard disks and all removable drives. Look for the latest Zip that matches to MyItems and restore it. TARGET

is optional. Without TARGET, the Zip file specified in SOURCE will be extracted.

If the Zip File has been created with Private Backup, it will contain the origin folder path:

rtcmd pr t=*
rtcmd pb t=C:\Users\Ben\Documents\MyItems

TARGET can contain a Path Wildcard:

rtcmd pr t=*DOCUMENTS\MyItems
rtcmd pb t=C:\Users\Ben\Documents\MyItems

1.1.3 ZipInfo (zinfo)

show the comment field of a .zip or .seal file


1.2 Encryption

1.2.1 CryptManager (cman)

mangage or backup encrypted files and folders

rtcmd cman [FOLDER|FILE]

1.2.2 Seal (seal)

convert encrypted file to RAW file

rtcmd seal FILE

1.2.3 Unseal (unseal)

convert RAW file to encrypted file

rtcmd unseal FILE

1.2.4 Encrypt (encrypt)

a file or folder

rtcmd encrypt [CREDENTIALS] [u=USER,..] FILE|DIRECTORY[\]

1.2.5 Decrypt (decrypt)

a file or folder


1.3 Disaster Recovery

1.3.1 InstallBackup (ib)

create or update image from Windows(R)


1.3.2 InstallRestore (ir)

restore Windows(R) from image

rtcmd ir [-CONTROL] [t=TARGET] [s=SOURCE] ...

1.3.3 Boot Recovery (recovery)

manage recovery environment

rtcmd recovery on|off|burn|build [-u] [-n] [-p] [p=xxxx] [LETTER:|#NUMBER]

1.3.4 Set AutoRecovery (autorecovery)

trigger autorecovery for the next boot

rtcmd autorecovery [p=PASSWORD]

1.4 Setup

1.4.1 Setup (setup)

Install or uninstall Reuschtools

rtcmd setup [sm|su|cm|cu k=MODULES|k=rTaRCH][u=SID]
sm Setup Machine
su Setup User
cm Clear Machine
cu Clear User MODULES

Sum of hexadecimal codes.

Consult the Dashboard log to get the sum.

Dektop Icon 1
One-Click Recovery 2
Backup Restore 4
FileProtection 8
Zip_Rt 10
Console 20
Scripting 40
Editor 80
CryptManager 10000
Zoom 200
Shutdown 400
Command 800
Text-Editor 1000
Archiv 2000
Documents 4000
  • Dektop Icon
  • Backup Restore
  • FileProtection
  • CryptManager
Setup or update this PC with the following modules:
rtcmd setup sm k=1000d

The Reuschtools Installer behaves like c_e.exe:

reuschtools_4.33_english.exe -x rtcmd setup sm k=1000d

This will work but some files will be missing:

reuschtools_4.33_english.exe \\PC2 rtcmd setup sm k=1000d SID

For internal use.

1.4.2 Uninstall (uninstall)

uninstall Reuschtools

rtcmd uninstall [u=SID]

1.4.3 KeyImport (keyimport)

import license key

rtcmd keyimport iu|im [u=SID]

1.4.4 ClassicMenu (clamen)

switch the Windows 11 kontextmenu on or off

rtcmd clamen [on|off|-i]

1.4.5 Set Context Menu (rclick)

Add or remove context menu entries.

rtcmd rclick sm|su

will search the Registry for modified entries and update the context menu respectively.

sm Setup Machine
su Setup User Registry Keys
all users HKLM\Software\Reuschtools\RClick\CLASS\MENU
current user HKCU\Software\Reuschtools\RClick\CLASS\MENU Registry Values
(Default) REG_SZ Command line, can contain WILDCARDS.
IconFile REG_SZ File containing the icon to be displayed with the menu item.
IconID REG_DWORD Identification number of the icon to be displayd.
IconIndex REG_DWORD Index of the icon. If IconID was specified, IconIndex is not required and vice versa.
Menu REG_DWORD Number to specify the position within the context nenu. Entries with lower numbers will be inserted first. CLASS
Directory Right click on a directory icon.
Background Right click on the background of an open directory.
Drive Right click on a drive icon or on the background of an open drive.
LocalMachine Right click on Computer.
Desktop Right click on the background of the Desktop.
Library Right click on or into Documents, Pictures, Music or Videos.
RemoteMachine Right click on a PC in the Network.
Share Right click on a Share in the Network.
Archiv Right click on a .zip file or on a .seal file. WILDCARDS
*PATH Path of the selected file or folder
*DIR Directory without the file or folder
*FILE Filename or foldername
*NAME Filename without extension
*EXT Extension
*MASCH PC's name Example

This script (ZipInfoSet.cmd) creates a context menu entry with the name ZipInfo.

It must run with administrative rights because the entry will be for all users.

The CLASS is Archiv to tie the entry to all .zip and .seal files.

The command will list the Zip file's comment data.

An icon from shell32.dll will be used to visualize the entry.

set KEY=HKLM\Software\Reuschtools\RClick\Archiv\ZipInfo
set CMD=c_a.exe -xp rtcmd zinfo \"*PATH\"
reg add %KEY% /ve /d "%CMD%" /f
reg add %KEY% /v IconFile /d shell32.dll /f
reg add %KEY% /v IconID /t REG_DWORD /d 1001 /f
RtCmd rclick sm

This script (ZipInfoRemove.cmd) will remove the entry set by ZipInfoSet.cmd:

set KEY=HKLM\Software\Reuschtools\RClick\Archiv\ZipInfo
reg delete %KEY% /f
RtCmd rclick sm

Both scripts and more examples are in Scripts\ContextMenu\

1.4.6 Password AutoRecovery (pwautorecovery)

Set or remove the Autorecovery Password.

rtcmd pwautorecovery [PASSWORD]|clear

1.4.7 Password UnProtect (pwunprotect)

Set or remove the Unprotect Password.

rtcmd pwunprotect [PASSWORD]|clear

1.4.8 Path Environment (path)

Add or remove a path to the environment variable PATH

rtcmd path sm|su|cm|cu PATH

1.4.9 Install Info (ii)

show basic information and secure boot on the running Windows(R)

rtcmd ii 

1.4.10 License (lic)

verify Reuschtools license

rtcmd lic 

1.5 User Accounts

1.5.1 Account (account)

create user account and logon to generate profile

rtcmd account CREDENTIALS [GROUP] ...

1.5.2 Efs Key (efskey)

verify or generate EFS key for a user account


1.5.3 Profiler (profiler)

move folder and create reparse point instead

rtcmd profiler [CREDENTIALS] [-nd] [SOURCE][*] [TARGET]

1.5.4 Password (password)

generate strong random passwords for user accounts

rtcmd password [NUMBER]

1.6 File System

1.6.1 CopyMob (copymob)

sychronise pictures or music from a mobile device with this PC

rtcmd copymob [pictopc|musictopc|pctopic|musictopc] [MEMORY_INDEX]

1.6.2 FileTree (tree)

user interface showing all drives, folders and files

rtcmd tree [DIRECTORY]

1.6.3 Mirror (mirror)

mirror a directory to another drive or directory


1.6.4 List (list)

content of a folder or drive sorted by name(-n), time(-t), size(-s), type(-e)

rtcmd list [-n|-t|-s|-e|-h|-x] [DIRECTORY]

1.6.5 Protect (protect)

a file or folder from being modified

rtcmd protect FILE|DIRECTORY

1.6.6 Unprotect (unprotect)

a file or folder from being modified

rtcmd unprotect [p=PASSWORD] FILE|DIRECTORY

1.6.7 Assert Path (assert)

creat path if it does not exist

rtcmd assert DIRECTORY

1.6.8 Hardlink (hardlink)

create hardlink

rtcmd hardlink TARGET SOURCE

1.6.9 Signature (signature)


rtcmd signature FILE

1.6.10 DeleteTree (deltree)

deletes a folder

rtcmd deltree [-o] DIRECTORY

1.6.11 Delete File (delfile)

deletes a file

rtcmd delfile FILE

1.6.12 Clean Tree (cleantree)

creates a folder or deletes it's content

rtcmd cleantree DIRECTORY

1.6.13 Show Acl (acl)

show 'Security Descriptor String Format' for a file or folder


1.6.14 Access Directory (access)

set ACLs for a file or folder to administrator

rtcmd access [-r] FILE|DIRECTORY

1.6.15 Wim Capture (wimc)

copy drive or folder int a .wim file


1.6.16 Wim Apply (wima)

restore drive or folder from .wim file


1.7 Drives

1.7.1 Prepare UEFI Drive (prepare)

verify or format a drive for UEFI boot

rtcmd prepare [-b] [-n] [-c] [-u] LETTER:|#NUMBER

1.7.2 Drives (drives)

show basic information on all drives

rtcmd drives 

1.7.3 Update Sequence Number (usn)

show Update Sequence Number in realtime

rtcmd usn DRIVE [SECONDS|off]

1.7.4 Unlock (unlock)

verify BitLocker status and unlock

rtcmd unlock 

1.7.5 Security Data (sdat)

verify or optimise security database

rtcmd sdat DRIVE [commit|list]

1.8 Registry

1.8.1 Registry Show (rs)

show content of registry.

rtcmd rs [-BINARYLINES] [user|sam|security|software|system|components|bcd00000000]

1.8.2 Registry Export (re)

export registry into hives

rtcmd re [user|sam|security|software|system|components|bcd00000000]

1.8.3 Registry Compare (rc)

compare previosly exported registry with current

rtcmd rc [-BINARYLINES] [user|sam|security|software|system|components|bcd00000000]

1.8.4 Hive Show (hs)

show content of a hive.


1.8.5 Hive Compare (hc)

compare two hives


1.8.6 Delete Key (delkey)

delete a registry key

rtcmd delkey HKLM\KEY|HKCU\KEY

1.9 Services

1.9.1 Start Service (start)

send the start command to a service and wait until it has started

rtcmd start SERVICE

1.9.2 Stop Service (stop)

send the stop command to a service and wait until it has stopped

rtcmd stop SERVICE

1.9.3 Disable Service (disabled)

disable a service or list disabled services

rtcmd disabled [SERVICE],[DUMMY],...

1.9.4 Auto Start Service (auto)

set a service to auto start or list auto start services

rtcmd auto [SERVICE],[DUMMY],...

1.9.5 Delayed Auto Start Service (delayed)

set a service to delayed or list delayed services

rtcmd delayed [SERVICE],[DUMMY],...

1.9.6 Start Service on demand (demand)

set a service to start on demand or list start on demand services

rtcmd demand [SERVICE],[DUMMY],...

1.9.7 Early Launch (early)

manage early launch drivers

rtcmd early [off|on]

1.10 Scripting

1.10.1 Sleep (sleep)

delay script for SLEEPTIME seconds

rtcmd sleep SLEEPTIME

1.10.2 Nachricht (mb_ok)

display message box with OK

rtcmd mb_ok MESSAGE [HEADER] [ICON]

1.10.3 Warnung (mb_yes)

display message box with yes (EXIT 0)

rtcmd mb_yes QUESTION [HEADER] [ICON]

1.10.4 Frage (mb_yesno)

display message box with yes (EXIT 0) and no (EXIT 2)

rtcmd mb_yesno QUESTION [HEADER] [ICON]

2: c_e.exe

Front-End Windows® application.

2.1 Console

c_e can execute applications locally or remotely.

A command line application logs to RT_LOG or RT_ERROR, dependig on EXIT.


Stubes with the same behaviour like c_e.exe can execute with administrative rights on various accounts:

Administrator with UAC
True Administrative Account


Start notepad with administrative rights:

c_a -x notepad

2.1.1 OPT

Console options, a combination of the following characters:

x Execute Run PROGRAM with all PARAMs in the c_e Console window. Without PROGRAM 'ComSpec' will be started.
h Hidden Run PROGRAM without visible window. This parameter cannot be used together with x.
c Clean Do not show PARAMs in the console window's title bar or in a message box. Use this option to hide passwords specified in the command line.
e Exit Quits a running program without warning if the user logged off or closed the window.
g Go standby This computer will go into standby after the program exits with SUCCESS or if no PROGRAM has been specified.
l Logoff The user account will be loged off after the program exits with SUCCESS or if no PROGRAM has been specified.
s reStart The computer will restart after the program exits with SUCCESS or if no PROGRAM has been specified. The restart will be delayed for 60 seconds on a remoted machine.
t Terminate The computer will shut down after the program exits with SUCCESS or if no FILE has been specified. The restart will be delayed for 60 seconds on a remoted machine.
-x Visible Run
-h Hidden Run
default The window will be closed on SUCCESS. Reuschtoos Setup sets this behaviour for .bat scripts. A message box will appear on ERROR.
i Integrate The window will be closed on SUCCESS and on ERROR. No message box will appear.
p Pause The window will be keeped open on SUCCESS and on ERROR. Reuschtoos Setup sets this behaviour for .cmd scripts. A message box will appear on SUCCESS and on ERROR.

Run the dir command with cmd.exe in a visible Console window. The window will not be closed, even if the command returns zero:

c_e -xp cmd /c dir

Restart this machine:

c_e -hs


Run a program inside a user account or on another computer in the network.

  • -x is obviously if you apply CREDENTIALS
  • Firewalls can considarably slow down the handshake.
  • The communication with another computer and the communication with the System Account is encrypted with DES 2048 and AES 256.

There are 2 ways to use the remote function:

  1. Either, you will need full administrative rights without UAC on the target computer. ADMIN$ and IPC$ must be shared.
  2. Or, Reuschtools FileProtection must be installed on the target computer with the same version you use here.

Sign into Ben's account on PC2 and start the command-line interpreter:

c_e \\PC2:Ben

Start the Install Restore dialog for PC2 with Ben's account and list all matching Image Backups on PC2:

c_e \\PC2:Ben rtcmd ir -o s=*HD\*ARCH\*

Without MACHINE the local machine will be selected:

c_e \\:ben

Without USER the System Account will be selected:

c_e \\

You will need a true administrative account without UAC on a target machine to sign into its System Account:

c_e \\PC2

Without a true administrative account it is not possible to get administrative rights or restore a target machine.


If you have set an autorecovery password on a target machine, every user who has an account on the target machine and who knows the password can start an autorecovery sequence:

c_e -xs \\PC2 rtcmd autorecovery


Repeat function, starts a visible or invisible console every SCHEDULE seconds.

Repeat will be aborted if Exit is non-zero (ERROR).

SCHEDULE commands should be startet with a Logon Script or from the Run key of the Registry.

See Scripts\Backup\AutoBackupON.cmd and Scripts\UserAccount\Zeitsparkasse.cmd.

Backup MyItems every 4 working hours:

c_e -h 14400 rtcmd pb -i s=*DOCUMENTS\MyItems t=D:\*ARCH\*

D sets the maximum daily session time.

Shutdown Ben's computer after 4 hours of daily session time:

c_e -ht D14400

T accumulates a fixed daily session time.

Ben is eligible for 1 hour of daily session time. If he does not use the computer for one day, the saved session time will be avaliable the next day.

c_e -ht T3600

2.1.4 PATH

Sets the current directory for a script or program.

PATH can contain Path Wildcards.

PATH must end with a \.

This will list the documents directory of the current user.

c_e -xp *DOCUMENTS\ cmd /c dir

2.1.5 PARAM

Command line parameters.

PARAMs can be replaced at the start of c_e:

?xxxx? Ask for a string.
??xxxx?? Ask for a password.
???xxxx??? Ask twice for a password and double check it.

This will as ask for a drive letter and start a backup of the Documents folder:

c_e -x rtcmd pb s=*documents t=?Drive Letter?:\*ARCH\*

2.2 Editor

c_e is an editor and monitor suitable for very large text and log files.

c_e [-OPT] [PATH\] [FILE]

2.2.1 OPT

b Binary Opens FILE in binary format, all characters are displayed as hexadecimal numbers.
o OEM Opens FILE with the OEM character set. The OEM character set is often used by command line programs and differs from the ANSI character set used by Windows® when it comes to umlauts.
r Read Only FILE cannot be modified.
v View Steadily rescans FILE to monitor it.

2.3 Tools

2.3.1 Start (*)

c_e * PROGRAM [PARAM] .. Start PROGRAM and return imediately, equal to the Windows® start command.
c_u * PROGRAM [PARAM] .. Start PROGRAM with administrative rights if the user is an administrator.
c_a * PROGRAM [PARAM] .. Start PROGRAM with administrative rights.

2.3.2 Code Page Converter (-in, -out)

c_e [-in=CP_IN] [-out=CP_OUT] FILE
in Load FILE into the editor and apply code page CP_IN. c_e usually automatically detects the correct code page. c_e preferes UTF8 if there are no umlauts in FILE.
out If you specify CP_OUT, c_e will work as a hidden codepage converter.

CP can be any well known code page:

  • utf8
  • unicode
  • oem
  • mac
  • ansi

Or any code page number your Windows® supports. You will find all available numbers in the c_e menu:

Settings->Code Page 

Convert all .cpp files from C:\Source to Unicode and store them in the current directory with the same names:

for %d in (C:\Source\*.cpp) do c_e -out=unicode %d

Or within a script respectivly:

for %%d in (C:\Source\*.cpp) do c_e -out=unicode %%d

2.3.3 Shell Icons (-icons)

c_e -icons

will shows all icons and their corespondig ID numbers which are embeddet in c_e.exe and shell32.exe. The icon numbers can be used with:

  • rtcmd mb_ok MESSAGE [HEADER] [ICON]
  • rtcmd mb_yes QUEST [HEADER] [ICON]
  • rtcmd mb_yesno QUEST [HEADER] [ICON]
rtcmd mb_yesno "Did you water the plants" "Dad" 42

To use an icon from c_e.exe the icon number be signed with -.

rtcmd mb_ok "You are late" "Mum" -175

Icon numbers can also be used to customise the context menu.

2.3.4 Screen Resolution (-zoom)

c_e -zoom[+][-]

Increase or decrease the screen resoulution.

2.3.5 Seal Open (-sopen)

c_e -sopen FILE

Open a transportible Zip with the Windows® Explorer.

c_e -sopen MyItems.seal

2.3.6 Dashboard (-dashboard)

Start the Reuschtools dashboard with the setup dialog.

c_e -dashboard

2.3.7 Unistall (-uninstall)

Start the uninstaller dialog.

c_e -uninstall

3: Appendix

3.1 Wildcards

3.1.1 File (*)

pb s=MyItems t=*
pb s=MyItems
ORIGIN pr, ir
pr t=*
pr t=C:\Users\Ben\Documents\MyItems
list ALL, select LATEST pr, ir
pr s=* t=MyItems
pr t=MyItems

But this cannot work:

pr s=* t=*

3.1.2 Drive (*HD,*RD,*CD,*NET)

*HD All accessible hard drives
*RD Removable drives, USB drives.
*CD CD drives.
*NET Net drives.

Drive Wildcards can resolve to multiple targets:

pb s=MyItems t=*HD\
pb s=MyItems t=C:\ t=D:\

3.1.3 Path (*DOCUMENTS,..)

*documents C:\Users\Ben\Documents
*desktop C:\Users\Ben\Desktop
*downloads C:\Users\Ben\Download
*pictures C:\Users\Ben\Pictures
*music C:\Users\Ben\Music
*videos C:\Users\Ben\Videos
*user C:\Users\Ben
*profiles C:\Users
*alldoc C:\Users\Public\Documents

3.1.4 Match (*ROOT,*ARCH)

*ROOT Generates a path from the location of the source folder. This path will help to find all matching backups even if the Windows® machine or drive has changed.
pb s=C:\Users\Ben\Documents\MyItems t=D:\*ROOT\
pb s=C:\Users\Ben\Documents\MyItems t=D:\Ben\Documents\MyItems\
*ARCH Same as *ROOT but with RtArch\ as prefix. The Reuschtools Wizards use *ARCH as default.
pb s=C:\Users\Ben\Documents\MyItems t=D:\*ARCH\
pb s=C:\Users\Ben\Documents\MyItems t=D:\RtArch\Ben\Documents\MyItems\
pb s=C:\AllStuff t=D:\*ARCH\*
pb s=C:\AllStuff t=D:\RtArch\_PC1\DRIVE_C\AllStuff\ Filter Prefix

A filter prefix together with *ROOT or *ARCH can extend the resulting list or selection for restore operations.

pr, source folder was inside a user profile foreign user foreign folder all backups
pr, source folder was outside a user profile foreign machine foreign folder all backups
Install Restore foreign machine foreign Windows® version all backups

This example assumes the current directory to be set to the user's Documents folder.

After work, Ben creates a backup of Project on cloud drive Z:

rtcmd pb s=Project t=Z:\*ARCH\
rtcmd pb s=Project t=Z:\RtArch\Ben\Documents\Project\

The next day, Mary restores Project to continue working:

rtcmd pr t=Project s=Z:\*1ARCH\
rtcmd pr t=Project s=Z:\Ben\Documents\Project\ RT_LOG, RT_ERROR, RT_SCHEDULE

Replacement for *ROOT:

RT_LOG user
visible (-x) _LOG_\Console
hidden (-h) _LOG_\Hidden
RT_LOG system
visible (-x) %COMPUTERNAME%$\_LOG_\Console
hidden (-h) %COMPUTERNAME%$\_LOG_\Hidden
visible (-x) _ERROR_\Console
hidden (-h) _ERROR_\Hidden
RT_ERROR system
visible (-x) %COMPUTERNAME%$\_ERROR_\Console
hidden (-h) %COMPUTERNAME%$\_ERROR_\Hidden

3.2 Word explanations

3.2.1 Access-control list (ACL)

On NTFS drives, a list with the following information is appended to each folder and file:

  • Who can read or change a file (Discretionary Access Control List).
  • Should be monitored, who has read or changed a file and when (System Access Control List).

Install-Backup will always store acls in the backup. Private Backup can optionally store acls in the generated Zip.

Access-control list on Wikipedia

3.2.2 EFS Encryption

EFS (Encrypting File System) stores all data securely encrypted on a hard disk or USB Stick.

It is transparently. This means that a user does not have to enter a passwort. A user will only remark a lock sign on the icon of a encrypted folder or file.

The encryption key is stored inside a users account. It can only be accessed when the user is signed in.

A thief who steals a harddisk or someone who unintentionally finds a lost USB stick, will newer be able to read data as long as he does not know the user's account password.

EFS is delivered with all Windows® professional versions. A user can read EFS encrypted files on Windows® home versions but writing is restricted.

Compared to Bitlocker EFS has the following advantages:

  • No password required on startup.
  • Each user has his own key. Even an administrator will not be able to read encrypted data.
  • Multible trusted users can be linked to an encrypted folder or file. Each project can have individual trustees.
  • The same encryption key can be installed on multible PCs. A user can change the desk but has the same access to his encrypted data.
  • A EFS encrypted folder can securely be transported across unsecure channels (.seal file).

EFS on Wikipedia

3.2.3 Exit

Return code.

Each program or script returns a number when finished. The programmer decides which number to return.

Zero usually marks success.

End the command line or script and return 99:

exit 99

3.2.4 Hardlinks

are files that exist once on a hard disk but show up several times at different places.

A user does not recognise a hardlink.

List Hardlinks and Reparse Points on drive C:

rtcmd list -h C:

Hardlinks on Wikipedia

3.2.5 Integration Number


Show the dialog and an error message if an error appears.

But do not show an overwrite warning.

rtcmd pb -i5 s=*documents\MyItems t=C:\*ARCH\

3.2.6 Local Area Network

Local Area Network on Wikipedia

3.2.7 NTFS

NTFS (New Technology File System.) is a hard disk format used as standard since Windows® XP. Unlike FAT32(Windows® 98), NTFS supports Access-control lists.

If Reuschtools runs with administrative rights it can read the content table of NTFS drives and directly read data. This could speed up large backup or restore operations considerably.

NTFS on Wikipedia

3.2.8 Number Zip

.zip or .seal file who's name begins with a number and not with a character.

This is typical the case with time stamped Zips:

Number Zips can easily be recycled with Target Options parameters.

3.2.9 RAW Data (.seal)

RAW data is the EFS encrypted data that is actually stored on the harddisk.

A legitimate user is not in touch with RAW data, because all files are automatically decrypted by EFS as soon as they are read from the drive.

A backup administrator however, who has no encryption key for a file can read RAW data directly from the harddisk.

A user without administrative can read his own RAW data.

A transportible Zip (.seal file) is nothing more but the RAW data of an EFS encrypted Zip.

Warning!, never create a Zip file with the Windows® explorer if you have EFS encrypded data. Windows® decryps the files and stores them without encryption in the Zip.

If you create a Zip file (.zip) with Reuschtools, all EFS encryped files are assured to be stored as RAW data. You can open such a Zip with the Windows® explorer. But you will only see garbitch if you try to read a previosly EFS encrypted file.

Because RAW data is arbitrary (pseudo random) it does not contain redundancy which could be compressed. This is why a Reuschtools Zip created from an EFS encrypted folder will usually have the doubled size compared to a Zip that is EFS encrypted after compression (.seal file).

3.2.10 Reparsepoint

are fake folders or fake drives.

If you open a reparsepoint, you will end up in a folder or drive that could even be on another PC.

Typical reparsepoints are drive letters assigned to a network folder.

Reparsepoint on Wikipedia


Environment variables to control Reuschtools' log behaviour. If not set, the default will be used:

User Account tf30=%LOCALAPPDATA%\RtLog\*ROOT\*
System Account tf30=%SystemDrive%\*ARCH\*

See Private Backup for the syntax . More informationen in Section

Characters used in logfiles:

+ add opject - remove object * update oject
~ short filename e encrypt d decrypt
# database update h hidden compress a access control list
p file attribute c large and lower case l link
r reparse content j reparse point b binary check
B binary check positiv . pending object $ data stream
: stream removed ; run on restart , run on sign in

3.2.12 Template

Reuschtools uses previosly created backups:

  • Consulting the log file, a user can check which objects have been modified.
  • Backup and restore operations considerably run faster.

3.2.13 Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

is part of all Windows® operating systems.

It helps backup applications to copy data even if a file or a database is currently in use.

3.2.14 Windows® Boot Manager

The Windows® Boot Manager appears when the computer is restarted. It allows the user to select a Windows® operating system or a recovery environment. The defaulted selection will usually be started within 3 seconds, if the user does not change it.

Windows® Boot Manager on Wikipedia

3.2.15 Zip Encryption

Reuschtools supports the original Zip encryption (ZipCrypto). This means that encrypted Zips can be decrypted by almost all Zip readers.

ZipCrypto was released in 1989 and has been criticized often since then:

  • A Known Plaintext Attack on the PKZIP Stream Cipher, Eli Biham, and Paul C. Kocher
  • ZIP Attacks with Reduced Known Plaintext, Michael Stay

Zip encryption has often been poorly implemented. This has historical reasons. The export of strong, actually working encryption from the USA has not been allowed for a long time.

Reuschtools uses additional security mechanisms to make ZipCrypto secure:

  • Actual random numbers are used instead of pseudo-random numbers.
  • If Zip encryption is used, the code tables (Huffman Codes) are scrambled, which prevents the "plaintext attack" mentioned above.

There are various commercial programs for cracking encrypted zip archives (e.g. Advanced Archive Password Recovery, ( These programs demonstrate that the Zip encryption used by Reuschtools is secure, provided a strong password (>12 random digits) is used.

3.2.16 Zip File

The Zip file format is industry standard for backup applications.

It is used to compress, encrypt and store the content of a folder or drive in only one file.

  • Each file in a Zip is independently compressed and can therefore be easily and fast found and extracted.
  • The Zip file format is extensible. Reuschtools stores many file properties and information in a Zip without loosing comptibility with common Zip readers.

Zip file on Wikipedia

3.3 Important Information

3.3.1 Credits

  • Info-ZIP
  • NSIS
  • NSIS Modern User Interface 2
  • Code-Projekt
  • Sys-Internals
  • Boost
  • Python
  • SCons
  • Halibut

3.3.2 Brands and Trademarks

Brand names and trademarks in this manual are the property of their respective owners and are used for descriptive purposes only.

This manual or it's content can be freely distributed.