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Restrictions On Shadow Copy Of Files In Windows 7 |Over Come The Restrictions On Shadow Copy in Windows

As we have seen in my previous post, 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. If you lose any of your files, or if the file have been corrupt, Windows 7 can get you back the files. Read More On How To Get Back To Previous Versions Of Files In Windows 7. 

However, there are some restrictions on which Windows 7 Wont get back to your revious version of files or where the Shadow Copy Does not work. And here we see what are those situations where the Shadow Copy wont help.

  • Previous versions don’t work continuously: If you saved a file in the morning, saved it again in the afternoon, and saved it at night, too, Windows 7 stores only the version that existed when it created a restore point — typically around midnight.
  • A file has to be closed when Windows runs a restore point in order to get the current version saved. If you leave a file open overnight, you don’t get a previous version that night.
  • If a file is located on a drive other than the Windows system drive (typically C:), Windows doesn’t save previous versions of the file unless you specifically tell it to include the drive in its previous version runs.

To tell Windows 7 to include other drives in its previous version runs, follow these steps:

1. Choose Start, right-click Computer, and choose Properties.

You see the Control Panel’s System pane.

2. On the left, click the link to System Protection.

Windows opens the System Properties dialog box, on the System Protection tab, as shown on the left in screen shot below.

Restrictions On Shadow Copy Of Files In Windows 7 Over Come The Restrictions On Shadow Copy in Windows

3. Click the drive you want to include in previous versions, and then click Configure.

Windows opens the System Protection dialog box for the selected drive, as shown on the right in the above screen shot.

4. Click the button marked Only Restore Previous Versions of Files.

Consider setting aside more space for restore points by moving the slider. Personally, I leave it at the default.

5. Click OK twice.

Starting tonight, Windows will create previous versions of all files on the chosen drive. Also read on How To Get Back To Previous Versions Of Files In Windows 7.

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