10 July, 2012

System Restore: How to setup in Windows 7

Was reading Paul Thurrotts post about file versioning on SkyDrive and Windows 8. He states that this functionality has been present in Windows since 2003, hence I was concluding that it must thus be present in Windows 7 as well?

Turns out that indeed it is! So – how do you enable versioning of files like this on your own little Windows 7 box?

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How to enable
1) Open Computer – Properties (RightClick “Computer”)
2) Go to “System Protection”

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3) Press “Configure”
4) If it is a data-only drive (no system files) select only files for restore

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5) Press OK
6) You are good to go.


How to restore files
When you want to see the files from a previous restore point – you do like this:
1) Right-click on the file to restore a previous version of

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2) Select from the list of restore points (only 1 in my case here)

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Note 1: This versioning scheme works by relying on Restore Points in Windows. The really clever thing here is that a shadow copy is only created after you make a change to the file and there thus is a difference compared to the previous restore point.

Note 2: The difference check is executed once/day (according to Microsoft documentation); so if you change the file more than once/day -  you can only gain access to the last version of that file. It free and its simple. Nothing too fancy here ;-)

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