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Once you have set up Windows 7 to back up your files, folders, even your drives, and at least one backup has been performed like we did in the previous lesson, you'll then have something to restore in the event something bad should happened. Now, hopefully you'll never use to your backup files. But files, folders, even drives can get corrupted, or it could be physical damage. Let's go through this scenario no, where maybe a folder full of files has been corrupted somehow and we need to get back to that folder full of files.
In this case, we come back to our Control Panel under System and Security. We go to the Backup and Restore section. That's where we left off in the previous lesson, if you were following along with me. Now we're going to the bottom of this screen to find the Restore section. And the simplest way to start the restoration of your files or folders is to click the Restore my files button. You've also got links though that will set up some of the options for you automatically, like Restore all user files. That means everything for all of the different users, not just you, that were backed up, will be restored, or you can select another backup to restore files from.
Maybe it's a previous backup that was performed a week ago, a month ago perhaps, and you want to restore to that point. But we can choose those options from here as well. Let's go to Restore my files. Notice that we can choose a different date, right up here from the top. Otherwise we are restoring files from the latest version. But if you want to choose a different date, click the link, and go back to a previous backup. Once it's selected, you click OK. But I am going to click Cancel. I want the last backup or update to be restored.
Now it's just a matter of choosing what's going to be restored. And if we have chosen all of our user files, that would have been the default. But notice down below, there is an area here that's just waiting for us to list the files or folders to be restored. If you want to be able to select individual files, you'll choose the Browse for files button here. But if you want the entire folders and you're not concerned with the individual files, choose Browse for folders. That's what I am going to choose. And you can see I've got a folder here, my Backup of the C drive, and if I double-click that, I can go to specific folders.
If I double-click Exercise Files, I've got a number of folders to choose from here as well. But if I go inside a folder, let's say the Lesson10 folder, notice that I can't choose individual files. It's just entire folders and down below, there is a button for adding folders. So we can use the back button to go back to the level where we want to restore to. I am going to choose just the Exercise Files. That's the folder that got corrupted let's say, and then down below I'll click Add folder. It gets added to my list and all I have to do now is choose some additional folders or files if I need to.
But once my list is complete, I can go down to the Next button to move on to the next step. Where do I want these files or folders to go? They can go to the original location, which is the default, or if you want to put them somewhere else, you can choose In the following location and then choose the location. I am going to click Browse and I am going to put it right to my Desktop. So under the C drive, I am going to go down to Users, click the little arrow next to my name to expand that, and choose my Desktop.
Notice you can even make a new folder if you wanted too. I am going to click OK with the Desktop selected. The other option is do you want the sub folders included or you want them all piled on to the your desktop? Notice the example down below, of an individual file being saved in its original file, or the restored file, which has the new location and the sub- folders containing that file. I would like to keep the sub-folders, so I am going to click Restore. And then I just have to sit back and wait. Once it's done, notice that my files have been restored. I can view those restored files.
I could do it myself by going to the Desktop or click this link, which is going to open up my Windows Explorer, displaying my Desktop, and as I scroll down, look at that, there it is. There is my back up, my C drive, which was backed up and that's the name of the backup. That's also the name of the restore. So when open it up there's my Exercise Files and I can get in there and get to my Exercise Files once they've been restored. So even though the entire folder might have been corrupted, thanks to the backup that was performed and stored on an external drive, I can restore them, get them back on my computer and get back to work with those files.
When you're done you can click the Finish button and then close up Control Panel and that's how you restore the files that you have backed up using Windows 7 Backup and Restore.
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