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Windows 7 System Restore also Restores Files to Previous States

Have you ever accidentally deleted a file or edited a file only to find that you want to undo your changes but, alas, the undo button is greyed out?  You get frustrated with yourself, thinking you should have made duplicate copies of the file or you should have never touched it at all to begin with.  Believe it or not, this type of situation occurs all the time. Whether it has to do with personal files, office files, or project files, if you work with a computer, you are bound to make a mistake with your files at some point in time.  The problem is, going back in time isn’t possible, which leaves you in a predicament.  Well, fortunately for Windows 7 users, Microsoft has revamped their system restore service, making it more useful than ever.  One of the best features of the new and improved system restore service is that you can now restore files to previous states or restore after a permanent deletion.  Read on to learn how you can use System Restore to restore files on your Windows 7 system.

An introduction to System Restore

For the uninitiated, System Restore is a service that was first popularized in Windows XP as a service that creates system backups, called “restore points”, which you can restore later on.  The service became popular for rolling back a certain system state.  For example, if you made changes to your applications or registry, you encountered a nasty virus, or you started experiencing system problems, you could restore your system to a previous state to try and remedy the problem.  In Windows 7, the System Restore service has been reinvented to be more convenient, useful, and functional.  In this article we will be giving a short guide to the “Restore Previous Versions” feature, which is a new addition to the Windows 7 System Restore service.

How to use Restore to Previous Versions?

Step 1:  Browse to the file that you want to restore or, in the case of a deleted file, browse to the folder that once housed that file.

Step 2:  Right click on the file or folder and select “Restore previous versions” from the context menu.

Step 3:  You will be presented with the “Previous Versions” tab under the properties dialogue and in the menu, you will find previous changes that were made to that file or folder.  Click on the time, under “date modified”, that you want to restore to and choose between opening, copying or restoring the folder.

Three simple steps is all it takes to get your files and folders back to the state that you want them in.  Just remember that you shouldn’t always rely on the System Restore and Restore Previous Versions features.  Make sure to always back up your files and perhaps make multiple copies as you edit important files to make sure that you can see your progress and that you can always open up earlier copies if needed.

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