If you use a third-party tool, like ShadowExplorer, you can actually browse through the Previous Versions of files captured at each Restore Point. It’s actually pretty neat. Once you find the desired file or folder, you can just drag and drop or copy and paste it.
Keep in mind that you can even use these types of tools to view Previous Versions in the Home editions of Windows Vista, where you can’t even access them in Windows.
We discovered the System Protection feature in Windows 7 and discussed how to use both the System Restore and Previous Files functions. These two functions are helpful, but remember by no means does it provide a full backup.
You should still make use of Windows Backup via the Control Panel or another third-party tool to regularly back up your personal files to another external drive, different computer, or store them on discs. It’s even better to use an online storage or backup service so you have an off-site copy in case of a theft, fire, or natural disaster.