Saturday 8 July 2023

Using previous files in Windows to restore a file

Have you ever accidentally deleted a file or made changes to it that you regret? Fortunately, Windows has a built-in feature that allows you to restore previous versions of files. This feature is called "Previous Versions" and can be a lifesaver in situations where you need to recover lost data. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to restore a file using previous versions in Windows.

Step 1: Accessing Previous Versions

The first step to restoring a file using previous versions is to access the feature. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Navigate to the folder that contained the file you want to restore.

2. Right-click on the file and select "Properties" from the context menu.

3. In the Properties window, click on the "Previous Versions" tab.

If you see the message "No previous versions available," it means that Windows does not have any previous versions of the file that you can restore.

Step 2: Selecting a Previous Version to Restore

Once you have accessed the Previous Versions tab, you will see a list of all the available previous versions of the file. Each version will have a timestamp indicating when it was created or last modified. Follow these steps to select a previous version to restore:

1. Select the version you want to restore from the list.

2. Click on the "Restore" button.

3. In the confirmation window, click on "Restore" again to confirm that you want to restore the selected version.

Step 3: Restoring the File

After you have confirmed that you want to restore the selected version, Windows will restore the file to its previous state. Depending on the size of the file, this process may take a few seconds or several minutes. Once the process is complete, you should see the restored file in the folder where it was originally located.

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