If you are in a situation where you are trying to get back an older version of a file in your Windows 7, you can either restore previous versions of your Windows 7 to get back the files or choose to use a third-party recovery app.
This article will show you how to use both methods to restore previous versions of Windows 7 files, depending on your situation.
First, you need to turn on your system protection by doing the following:
The previous versions can now be accessed to restore Windows 7 files using the steps below:
Note that when you choose to “Restore”, the version of the file you presently have will be overwritten. Therefore, it is advisable that you copy the older version you have restored unto your desktop using the “Copy” or “Open” buttons.
The above solution is ideal if you want to restore a single file or a few previous folders. But what if you have a large number of files you wish to restore? What if you are told that there is a better way you can restore previous file versions at once, won’t you jump at the opportunity? Well, be ready to do just that because the Recoverit Data Recovery will give you what you need. Also, it is necessary in situations where you cannot find previous versions of the files you wish to restore. All you need to do with this tool after downloading and installing it, is to follow the three simple steps that shall be explained to you and get back those files, wherever they may have disappeared to.
Recoverit Data Recovery supports the restoration of files in formats that span over a thousand, be it in image form, documents, videos, audios, etc. Because it is compatible with all Windows versions including Windows 7, you can use this app in your Windows 7 system. Therefore, files that have been lost via system crash, no previous versions being found, accidental or intentional deleting, formatted recycle bins, card errors, and many more, can be recovered back with this comprehensive tool.
Follow the steps below to know how to use Recoverit Data Recovery:
Step 1: Select a Location
Go to the location where your folder got missing, select it and click “Start”
Step 2: Scan the Location
Now that you have clicked “Start”, the selected location will be scanned to find all the files that are meant to be there.
Step 3: Preview and Save Recovered Files
Peruse through all the files that Recoverit has found for you, then choose to “Recover” them all and save.
This solution is a manual walk-through to Windows 7 previous version using the Windows.old folder. The steps below will guide you in detail and you will be able to fix the problem you are facing in no time:
1. First check if the space on your Windows hard disk will be sufficient and if there is a Windows.old folder by doing the following:
2. Start “Windows Recovery Environment”
3. Make a new Win7 folder and move the Windows 7 folders into it. Do this by typing the following commands in your Command Prompt field and pressing “Enter” after each command:
Move Windows Win7\Windows
Move “Program Files” “Win7\Program Files”
Move Users Win7\Users
Attrib –h –s –r ProgramData
Move ProgramData Win7\ProgramData
Rd “Documents and Settings”
After typing each a command and pressing enter, you may receive a message like “The system cannot find the file specified”. Do not let this deter you; just continue with the next command and so on.
4. Move or copy the contents of the Windows.old folder using the following set of commands. Remember to continue with the commands even if you get the message “The system cannot file the file specified”:
move/y c:\Windows.old\Windows c:\
move/y “c:\Windows.old\Program Files” c:\
move/y c:\Windows.old\ProgramData c:\
move/y c:\Windows.old\Users c:\
move /y “c:\Windows.old\Documents and Settings” c:\
5. Restore the previous Windows installation’s boot sector by inputting any of the commands that follow, depending on what applies to your specific situation (for instance, “D:” is the letter representing the drive in this case.
6. If the previously installed Windows is Windows XP or Windows 2000, then restore the boot.ini file using the following commands. Remember to press “Enter” after each command is inputted:
Attrib –h –s –r boot.ini.saved
Copy boot.ini.saved boot.ini
7. Exit the Command Prompt field and restart your system:
It may come as a shock to you, but sometimes using the “Undo” shortcut may simply not work because of the change in files versions or the time frame. With the key pointers in this article, you can now effectively recover previous versions of Windows 7 files using “restore previous versions” or the Recoverit Data Recovery tool.