Group Policy settings for Previous Versions

Windows 7 gives you the capability to restore earlier versions of files in case these are accidentally deleted or modified. For more information how to set Previous Versions and Shadow Copies go here.  In the enterprise environment you can configure Previous Versions with six Group Policy settings as described below:

The following policies are found under both Computer Configuration and User Configuration at \Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer\Previous Versions

Prevent restoring previous versions from backups: This setting lets you suppress the Restore button in the previous versions property page when the user has selected a previous version of a local file, in which the previous version is stored on a backup.

Prevent restoring local previous versions: This setting lets you suppress the Restore button in the previous versions property page when the user has selected a previous version of a local file.

Prevent restoring remote previous versions: This setting lets you suppress the Restore button in the previous versions property page when the user has selected a previous version of a file on a file share.

Hide previous versions list for local files: This policy setting lets you hide the list of previous versions of files that are on local disks. The previous versions could come from the on-disk restore points or from backup media.

Hide previous versions list for remote files: This policy setting lets you hide the list of previous versions of files that are on file shares. The previous versions come from the on-disk restore points on the file share.

Hide previous versions of files on backup location: This setting lets you hide entries in the list of previous versions of a file in which the previous version is located on backup media. Previous versions can come from the on-disk restore points or the backup media.

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