How to Restore Previous Versions of Files or Folders Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Jun 20, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you are trying to recover an older version of a file or folder in Windows 10/8/7, there are two possible ways for you. One is using the "Restore Previous Versions" on Windows, and the other is using EaseUS file/folder recovery software to restore to the previous version.

How to restore a previous version of a file or folder on Windows?

After editing a Word document or a photo for a while, you've made many changes. But later you may regret, thinking maybe the current edition is not so good as the older one. Then, how to go back or restore previous version of files or folders?

The chances of recovering old versions of files are different. Usually, Windows Office supports Ctrl+Z file recovery to undo changes so that you can go back to an earlier modified state for documents, worksheets or presentations. However, this method doesn’t work for many users, because the files or folders that need to restore are not the versions being changed, buy the ones saved a few days ago or even a few weeks ago. So how to recover previous versions of files and folders effectively? Read on to see the guides in depth.

Recover Files with Windows' Restore Previous Versions 

Previous versions are either copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup or Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point. You can use previous versions to restore files and folders as you want. 

Step 1. Right-click the file or folder, and then click "Restore previous versions".

Step 2. Here, you can see the previous versions come from File History or from restore points.

restore previous version of file or folder in windows previous versions tool

Step 3. If you're lucky enough, a list of older versions of the file will be displayed. Choose the file edition you're looking for, and click the "Restore" button.

Some of you would probably find that the place is empty, with no files at all, and Windows says "There are no previous versions available". Your attempt fails.

Recover Deleted Previous Version of Files with Free Data Recovery Software

If the above method doesn't work, and you have deleted the previous version of files or folders, how can you restore files? Don't worry; you still have a great chance to restore previous version of the file by using reliable and professional data recovery software. EaseUS free data recovery software is developed to recover deleted or lost data from HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, Pen drive, external hard drive, CF/SD card, etc. 

In addition to the deleted file recovery, this data recovery tool is also capable of RAW partition recovery, lost partition recovery, virus attack recovery, recycle bin emptied data recovery, and so on. Now, download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and use it to restore previous versions of files and folders with a few clicks.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is not used to restore a previous version of files or folders that had been overwritten by new data, only when the older editions were deleted, you can apply the software to bring the previous version back.

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost files on an external storage device, connect the storage device to your computer firstly.

Step 2. Run this software and scan the lost file.

Run EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC, specify the location where you lost files and click "Scan" to scan those lost files.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore file.

After the scanning, you can find and double-click to preview your lost files here:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads all lost files here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if your hard drive is formatted or partition gets deleted.
  • Extra Files: All files that lost names or paths on your drive can be found here.
Scan and find lost files.

Step 4. Choose and restore files.

Finally, select the found files, click "Recover" and navigate to save them to a secure location on your PC or another external storage device.

Restore lost files.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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