Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Previous versions of files: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about previous versions of files and folders.

Show contentHide content What are previous versions?

Show contentHide content How are previous versions created?

Show contentHide content How do I view or restore previous versions of a file and folder?

Show contentHide content How is restoring previous versions from restore points different from restoring previous versions from a backup?

Show contentHide content Why can't I find previous versions of some files?

There are several possible reasons:
  • The file has not been changed. Previous versions are only available for files that have been modified.
  • A restore point or backup has not been made since the file was changed.
  • System protection might not be turned on for the drive those files are stored on. If system protection is not turned on, Windows can't create previous versions.

    To turn on system protection

    1. In the left pane, click System protection. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    2. Click the drive, and then click Configure.
    3. Click Restore system settings and previous versions of files, and then click OK.
  • If your computer is on a workplace network, your system administrator might have turned off the ability to use previous versions.
  • The file or folder is required for Windows to work properly. Examples include the system folder (the folder that Windows is installed in) and files in the system folder, which is usually C:\Windows. Windows provides a way to restore system files using System Restore. For more information about restoring system files, see System Restore: frequently asked questions.

Show contentHide content Can I restore a file or folder that was deleted or renamed?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Previous versions of files: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about previous versions of files and folders.

Show contentHide content What are previous versions?

Show contentHide content How are previous versions created?

Show contentHide content How do I view or restore previous versions of a file and folder?

Show contentHide content How is restoring previous versions from restore points different from restoring previous versions from a backup?

Show contentHide content Why can't I find previous versions of some files?

There are several possible reasons:
  • The file has not been changed. Previous versions are only available for files that have been modified.
  • A restore point or backup has not been made since the file was changed.
  • System protection might not be turned on for the drive those files are stored on. If system protection is not turned on, Windows can't create previous versions.

    To turn on system protection

    1. In the left pane, click System protection. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    2. Click the drive, and then click Configure.
    3. Click Restore system settings and previous versions of files, and then click OK.
  • If your computer is on a workplace network, your system administrator might have turned off the ability to use previous versions.
  • The file or folder is required for Windows to work properly. Examples include the system folder (the folder that Windows is installed in) and files in the system folder, which is usually C:\Windows. Windows provides a way to restore system files using System Restore. For more information about restoring system files, see System Restore: frequently asked questions.

Show contentHide content Can I restore a file or folder that was deleted or renamed?

 
 
 
 
 

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