Another use case, which I didn't seem to read in this thread. Backing up Windows Server 2008 or earlier! If backups could be performed from the recovery media, you've just made VEB compatible with all [windows?] operating systems!
I recently had a Windows Server 2003 (yes, I know, retired, considered dead by Microsoft) that I needed to backup, but I couldn't even install VEB. VEB rules by the way, as in... It's my go-to imaging/backup solution. Ever since Microsoft dropped Home Server with bare metal restore, I've found nothing as good as VEB to replace that functionality.