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If a file or folder is modified or accidentally deleted, it may be possible to restore it using the Previous Versions feature in Windows. Previous Versions is a short-term backup of the files and directories stored on your C, H, and I drives. Restoring files with this feature is possible with any version of Windows.

Restoring Files and Folders

  1. Right-click the file or folder that you want to restore.
  2. Select "Restore previous versions."
  3. In the list of previous versions, select the date and time that you want to restore.
  4. Select the appropriate button:
    • Open: View that version.
    • Copy: Make a copy of that version to a specific location on your computer.
    • Restore: Overwrite the current version with the previous version.

If the Restore button is unavailable, you can't restore a previous version of the file or folder to its original location. You may still be able to open it or save it to a different location.

Further Resources

The Previous Versions feature works by periodically making copies of folders in your drives and retrieving those copies in order to restore your files. Unfortunately, in some cases recovery will not be possible using this technique. If this is the case, you can request that the Office of Information Technology attempt to recover your files by filling out the File Restore Request Form.

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