How to Restore Files from a Windows 7 Backup - dummies

How to Restore Files from a Windows 7 Backup

By Lawrence C. Miller

You should know how to restore files from a Windows 7 backup in case that dreaded day comes and you discover that you’ve accidentally deleted your iTunes library or a virus has wreaked havoc on your files. Breathe calmly and evenly, and follow these steps to restore your files from a backup.

1Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click System and Security.

The System and Security window appears.

2Under Backup and Restore, click Restore Files from Backup.

The Backup and Restore window appears.

3Under Restore, click Restore My Files.

The Restore Files dialog box appears.

4Either search for a file or folder to restore by name, or browse for files or folders to restore.

By default, Windows Backup will restore the files and folders that you select from the most recent backup. If you want to restore an older file or folder version, click Choose a Different Date. A dialog box showing all of the available backups appears.

5Select the desired backup and click OK.

You can choose which backups to view from the drop-down menu: Last Week, Last 1 Month, Last 6 Months, Last 12 Months, or All.

6If you clicked Search in Step 4, the Search for Files to Restore dialog box appears. Click the Search button. Select the files or folders that you want to restore and click OK.

You can type in all or part of a filename or folder, or the file type (for example, .docx, .xlsx, .jpg, .mp3).

7If you clicked Browse for Files in Step 4, the Browse the Backup for Files dialog box appears. Navigate to the files that you want to restore and select them. Click Add Files.

Select the files by clicking the check box to the left of the items you want to restore.

8If you clicked Browse for Folders in Step 4, the Browse the Backup for Folders or Drives dialog box appears. Navigate to the folder or drive that you want to restore, select it, and click Add Folder.

The Restore Files dialog box appears.

9Click Next.

You can restore your files to the original location, or to an alternative location.

10To restore to an alternative location, click In the Following Location and click the Browse button.

In most cases, you should always restore to a location other than the original location in order to avoid accidentally overwriting a good copy of a file or folder.

11Browse to the desired destination folder, or highlight a drive or folder and click Make New Folder. A new folder appears. Name the folder Restored Files. Click OK.

For example, select Local Disk (C:), click Make New Folder, and name the new folder.

12Click Restore the Files to Their Original Subfolders to keep the same folder structure as the original, in the new location. Click Restore.

Windows Backup restores your files and folders to the desired location.

13Click Finish.

If you want to go directly to the folder where your files were restored, click the View Restored Files link before you click Finish.