In Windows 7 and its predecessors Vista and XP, you can configure your system to automatically restore a previous Windows Explorer session upon logon. Any Explorer windows that are opened when you restart or shutdown your system will be loaded at the next logon.
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:
Documents, library, pictures, videos, favourites, desktop icons, applications settings etc. of a computer user are known as the User Profile. When you let Windows to choose the files and folders during a backup procedure, then your profile is definetely included in the backup job. User profiles are normally big in size and can increase up to GigaBytes of data!
User Profile restore steps:
- Open the Backup and Restore console -> Start/Search – type Backup and click Backup and Restore
- From the Backup and Restore window click the Restore My Files button
- From the Restore Files window click Browse For Folders button
- Select your username and click the Add folder button – you can add other user profiles, folders or files as well Read more…
The Advanced Recovery Methods link found in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Recovery will help you recover your system to a usable state. There are two methods:-
The first method recovers your system from a previously saved image. If your last image backup is old, then you need to perform a backup of your files prior to the recovery process. However, this utility allows you to do that during its execution. If you have never performed a backup image then, this option is useless.
The second method reinstalls windows from the original installation media. Again, the process allows you to back up your files before the actual installation. If you have opted for this option then you might use a pre-build system image from your hardware manufacturer that makes life easier and speeds up the installation. Read more…
Sometimes, when your system is heavily corrupted or you need to replace the system hard drive, your only option to recover the system is to boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD media and follow these steps:
- Make sure that you have a previously backed up image of your system on an external medium
- Connect this medium to your system Read more…
First, you need to remember the location of the deleted file such as, the parent folder and secondly, if a deleted file is still in the Recycle Bin then this should be your first and only step to restore your file Also, this article is assuming that no backups of files exist!
The following steps explain how to recover a deleted file that is not present in the Recycle Bin: Read more…
Using the Backup and Restore console to restore files is very easy. You can restore files to their original location or to a different location. However, there is an other restore option and this is from a shadow copy! Shadow copies are copies of files and folders that Windows 7 automatically saves when it creates a restore point. This feature may give you more flexibility when restoring files but such explanation is found in the Shadow Copies article.
To restore a file or folder follow these simple steps: Read more…