How to Restore Previous Versions of File or Folder Windows 10/8/7

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.

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Quick steps on how to restore a previous version of a file or folder on Windows:

Right-click the file or folder, and then click Restore previous versions. You'll see a list of available previous versions of the file or folder. The list will include files saved on a backup (if you're using Windows Backup to back up your files) as well as restore points.


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.

How to Restore Previous Version of File in Windows 10

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.

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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 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 the previous version of the file by using reliable and professional data recovery software. EaseUS 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. Choose the file location to scan

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If your lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

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Step 2. Scan the lost files

The software will start immediately a quick scan for deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch to scan more lost files all over the selected drive. After the scan, you can use the Filter to quickly filter a specific file type.

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Step 3. Preview and restore files

Double-click on a file allows for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and browse another safe location to save all the files at once.

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