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Restoring files and drives

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Video: Restoring files and drives

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.

Restoring files and drives

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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Windows 7 Essential Training

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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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