By Teresa / Last Updated March 9, 2020

When need to explore backup images from My Computer?

"I had backed up my computer with Windows 7 Backup before. I need a specific file badly which I had kept in C drive, and which was being backed up. When double-click the file folder of my backup, I can only see folders and some zip files. There seems no way to explore or browse these files. If I look at the files on a system, it will ask me to restore the entire backup, which is not what I want. Is there any way to extract data from Windows image backup so that I can view them in Windows Explorer like I view other files?"

This is one situation that needs user to explore backed-up images on Windows File Explorer so that he can access to the particular one. Whether to restore the file or not, one has to access it first. When creating system backup image, Windows has prompted you that “you cannot choose individual items to restore” at the “Where do you want to save the backup” interface.

Thus, viewing single file from the entirety backup is not so easy. What’s more, sometimes one needs to check out what data have been backed up in last backup. For example, the new modified thesis needs to be backed up before sending to your thesis adviser. Let's see how to complete the task easily.

View backed-up files via Windows backup image explorer

Since Windows Backup utility has restriction on viewing backed-up files, it’s time to turn to third-party software. Most backup solutions give option to explore backup images in order to better manage them. We’ll take the easiest backup & restore tool AOMEI Backupper Professional for example.

The “Explore Image” feature of this Windows backup image extractor will create a virtual drive and mount the image there. Then you are able to view its contents in file explorer like “My Computer” and do copy and paste operations as usual, from virtual to physical drive and vice versa. As for aforementioned individual items restore, AOMEI Backupper also supports selective files restore instead of restoring the entire backup image.

In addition, the “Check Image” function may assist you check if your backup image is intact. Exporting images is also available if need ever arises. Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP are supported. Feel free to download its free trial and learn how to explore system image files.

How to extract Windows backup image with AOMEI Backupper?

1. Install and run this software. Connect the external hard drive to computer if you saved images there before.

2. Click Tools in the main console and select Explore Image.

Explore Image

3. Pitch on system backup and click to continue. Choose right backup point at next window.

Select Backup Image

4. Assign the drive letter for each backed-up partition so that you can identify them in Windows Explorer.

Assign Drive Letter

5. It will start to extract. Click Finish at last. As for the task in this example, it takes less than one minute.


6. Now go to check them in Windows Explorer and you’ll find there are two more partitions added. Open them to find what you want.

In My Computer

After exploring files, you may want to delete these two virtual drives. Actually they will be detached at next reboot yet you can manually detach them in AOMEI Backupper. Go to “Explore Image” window again, tick these two partitions and click Detach.

Tips: Place cursor over the system backup at Home interface, you’ll find an option named “Advanced” of the three. Click it and there is an “Explore Image” function as well.


No complex operating process, you can explore Windows backup image from My Computer or This PC file explorer successfully. When system restore fails to extract the file, you can deal with it through this utility as well. If you’re a Server user, please turn to AOMEI Backupper Server for further support.