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Restoring Files from Windows 7 Backup

Use the Restore Files option in Windows 7 Backup to restore files if they have become corrupted, deleted, and are no longer in the Recycle Bin, or have been replaced with other versions. You can also use the restore files option to test your backup.

To restore files:

  1. Open Backup and Restore (Figure 10).
  2. Figure 10 Preparing to restore files.

  3. To restore only your files from the current backup location, click Restore My Files (A). To restore all users' files, click the Restore all users' files hyperlink (B). To restore files from another backup, click the Select Another Backup to Restore Files From link (C).
  4. After selecting the backup from which you want to restore files, choose the backup from the list of backups (Figure 11). If the backup is on a network location, click the Browse Network Location button. Click Next to continue.
  5. Figure 11 Selecting a backup from which to restore files.

  6. To restore all files, click Select All Files. In this example, we'll use the Browse for Folders button to restore a specific folder (Figure 12).
  7. Figure 12 Preparing to restore a specific folder.

  8. Navigate through the backup to locate the files or folders to restore. Click Add Folder to add your selection (Figure 13).
  9. Figure 13 Selecting a folder to restore.

  10. If you are restoring only selected files or folders, repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have selected all of the files or folders to restore. Click Next to continue (Refer back to Figure 12.)
  11. Click Restore to restore your files or folders to their original locations (Figure 14).
  12. Figure 14 Restoring files to their original locations.

  13. Click View restored files (arrow) to see your files in an Explorer window. Click Finish to close the restore process (Figure 15).
  14. Figure 15 Completing the file/folder restore process.

You don't need to wait for an actual file loss or corruption problem to test your backup. To perform a test restore of selected files or folders, follow the procedure given in the previous section, but in Step 7, select the option to restore your files to a specific location (Figure 16). Click Browse to navigate to a folder you have created as a target for the restoration, then click Restore. Your files will be restored to the folder you specify.

Figure 16 Testing the backup by restoring files to a test folder.

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