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- System Restore: Easy, Quick Fix
- Shadow Copy: New File Recovery Feature
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- Undo a Bad Software Install: The Simple Way
- Undo a Bad Software Install: The Hard Way
- Drivers: Update or Roll 'em Back
- Windows Update: Mother of All Bug Fixers
- Troubleshooting a Software Installation
- White Window of Death
- Fix Your Email
- I Can't Receive Email
- I Can't Send Email
- Fix Your Browser
Shadow Copy: New File Recovery Feature
One of the new features in Vista is kind of like a mini time machine for single files. You can revert any file to the way it was in the past using a previously saved version, which is preserved by Vista (and uses technology from the System Restore feature).
This is handy if you accidentally overwrite a file's data with new data. Perhaps you were updating numbers in a spreadsheet, and you imported and saved data from a previous month by mistake, overwriting the data that was there.
Or maybe you were writing a report and the cat jumped up on the keyboard and somehow deleted a huge section of the file.
In either of these cases, you could revert to a version from yesterday or last week to recover a previous version of the file.
This would have been really useful when I was in college. There were a few times when I accidentally blew away essays and wished I could roll back the clock and get the data back.
- To restore a shadow copy, right-click on any file you have created and choose Restore Previous Versions (see Figure 9.4).
Figure 9.4 Restore your files to a previously saved version by right-clicking on it and choosing Restore Previous Versions.
- You'll see a list of all the saved versions of the file.
- Choose a version of the file you want to recover and click the Restore button (see Figure 9.5).
Figure 9.5 Choose a previous version of a file using the Shadow Copy feature and click to restore it.
- The file will be restored to the way it was in that version.