Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Get Back To Previous Versions Of Files In Windows 7 | Shadow Copies Of Files In Windows

Windows 7 uses a fancy method to keep track of previous versions of all files you open and change, as long as the file is located on the hard drive that contains Windows. Windows doesn’t actually store a snapshot of all states of your lovely files. Instead, it uses a very sophisticated method to keep track of changes to your files. In geek-speak, it “stores the deltas.”

These previous versions (also commonly called shadow copies) are stored whenever your computer creates a restore point. Because Windows 7 creates restore points, by default, once a day, chances are good that you can pick up several earlier versions of a file.

If you want to know which versions of a modified (even a deleted!) file exist in the Windows restore point maw and bring it back, follow these steps:

1. Navigate to the munged file or folder — the one you want to bring back from the crypt — and right-click it.

2. Choose Restore Previous Versions.

Windows shows you the Properties dialog box for the file or folder you selected, opened to the Previous Versions tab, as shown in the screen shot below.

Get Back To Previous Versions Of Files In Windows 7 1

(Screen Shot shows the previous versions can save your tail.)

3. Click the Open or Copy button and copy the older version of the file onto your desktop.

Warning! Avoid the temptation to click the Restore button. This button overwrites whatever you may have — a hasty decision, at best, because even the most munged file or folder may have usable bits inside.

4. Work with the restored version for a while and make sure that it’s what you want.

When you’re happy with the result, copy the file to its original location.


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