- System Restore
- Restore Points
- Configuring System Protection
- Restoring the Files
- Using ShadowExplorer
Restoring the Files
When the time comes, here’s how you’d access previous versions of files: Right-click the file and select Restore Previous Versions (see Figure 3). To access versions of files that have been deleted, right-click the folder of where the file used to be and select Restore Previous Versions.
Figure 3 Accessing Previous Versions of a file
Then you’ll see a list of previous versions of the file or folder with the date and time saved, such as Figure 4 shows.
Figure 4 Example of Previous Versions of a file
To roll back to a previous Restore Point inside Windows, click the Start button > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. When viewing the Restore Points, you can see a list of any affected programs, those that will be removed since they were installed after the Restore Point (see Figure 5).
Figure 5 Selecting a Restore Point to roll back to
If Windows won’t start, restart the computer and right away keep pressing the F8 key repeatedly until the Advanced Boot Options menu comes up and then select Repair Your Computer. There you can access the System Recovery Options to open the System Restore tool so you can roll back to a previous Restore Point (see Figure 6).
Figure 6 System Recovery options
If don’t see the Repair Your Computer option on the Advanced Boot Options menu, you can still access System Restore outside of Windows by using a System Repair Disc. You’d insert the disc into the CD/DVD drive and start up your computer. It should boot up from the disc and display the System Recovery Options, where you’ll find System Restore.
You can create a System Repair Disc from Windows 7; just open Control Panel and click Backup and Restore. You can also download them from the Internet for Windows Vista and Windows 7.