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Restoring Corrupted or Old Versions of Files In Windows 10

Question 

I inadvertently deleted a previous version of file. How can I restore it?

Answer 

Windows has a tool that can help you with this, if it has been enabled prior to your needing restoration. Once File History has been configured to your liking, you can restore previous versions of files by using one of these methods:

 

1. Launch a File History restore operation by accessing a file's Properties page and using the controls on the Previous Versions tab. Simply navigate to the current version of the file. Right-click on the file>Properties .

 

2. Launch the File History tool and navigate to the Restore command at the bottom of the Backup Options page. To do this, in the search box on the taskbar, type restore files, and then select Restore your files with File History. Look for the file that you need. Use the arrows to view all of its versions. When you find the version you want, select Restore in order to save it in its original location. To save it in a different place, right-click Restore, select Restore to, and then choose a new location.

 

3. Launch the restore operation from within File Explorer. Navigate to the directory where the original file resided. Select the file in File Explorer. Click the History button. File History will open the most recent backup copy of the file in a preview mode. You can scroll through all the available versions by using the Previous and Next buttons at the bottom of your screen. Once you locate the version that you want to restore, just click the green Restore button. File History will prompt you for the next step. The default choice is Replace The File In The Destination. However, if you wish to keep both files, there is also an option for that.

You'll also notice a small cog icon in the upper-right corner of the File History window. Clicking the icon and choosing Restore To will open the Restore To dialog. This will enable you to select another location on your hard disk to restore the file to, so that you can review both files and decide later which to keep.

 

 

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027408/windows-10-backup-and-restore

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