When to restore files from backup?

With the development of the computer network, data transmission, data storage and data exchange become a common phenomenon. During the process, your data may be damaged or corrupted.

Besides, you may delete important files, change the files incorrectly, or virus attacks computer, even some natural disasters cause files damage.

Whether data damaged or mistakenly deleted, you can restore files from backup in Windows 10/8/7 as long as you have a backup in hand.

How to restore files from backup in Windows 10/8/7?

Restore files using File History

File history, a file backup software, which is included in Windows 10/8.1/8. You can use it to backup files on your computer. If you want to restore files to a previous version or recover the deleted files, a backup is needed.

To restore files from Windows 10 file history backup:

Step 1. You can type restore files in the search box, and then select Restore your files with file history.

Step 2. Select the file you want to restore.

Step 3. Click the green restore button to restore the selected files. If you want to restore your files to a different location, you can click Settings and Restore to option to select a new path.

Restore Backup Files Window 10

Note: If you want to restore files to a previous version, you can click the arrow at the left or right to find the version you want. Or you can click Home and select an item, then click History to show its previous version.


File history can protect your files. But it’s not perfect. Sometimes, you will find File History not working as it should. For example: when you use File History to backup files and it is apparently running with "File History is saving copies of your files", however, there is still no file on your backup drive in a few days.

Besides, File history does not support Windows 7. Thus, you cannot use File History to backup file. But, Microsoft offers you another tool called Backup and Restore. You can use it to backup and restore your files.

Restore backup files via Backup and Restore

Backup and Restore was introduced in Windows 7. And it is included in Windows 8 and later version. The main aim is to create a system image backup for your computer. But you still can use it to backup your files.

To restore files with Backup and Restore:

Step 1. Type restore files in the search box, and then select restore data, files or computer from backup.

Step 2. Click Restore my files or Restore all users' file.

Restore My Files

Step 3. Select files you want to restore, and then click Next. In this window, you have three options, including Search, Browse for files, Browse for folders. You can use one of them to find your files and restore to its latest version.

Select Files

Note: If you want to see an individual file in a folder, you should select Browse for files instead of Browse for folders. If you select Browse for folders, you cannot see an individual file in any folder.

Step 4. Select the location to restore your files. You can save it to the original location. Also, you can click Browse under in the following location and specify a location for your files.

Select Location

Step 5. Click Restore to start the pending operation.

Backup and Restore can protect your files too. But, it still has limitation. It does not support differential backup. And it does not encrypt and compress your backup.

Alternative way to protect your files in Windows 10/8/7

Windows built-in tool can protect your files. But it's not perfect. Thus, I think you need a professional backup software.I recommend you free backup and restore software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AOMEI Backupper is a backup and restore software for all versions of Windows users, including Windows 10/8/7/XP. It can help you backup files, system, partition and disk. Also, it offers you various backup settings. You can compress or encrypt your files. Besides, you can create a scheduled backup, and perform incremental backup and differential backup instead of full backup.

And you can restore files from various backup image, not just file image backup.

Create a backup for your computer

With its user-friendly interface, you can create a backup in Windows 7/8/10 to protect your computer. You can create a file backup, system backup or other backups. It depends on where you save your files.

If your files are on the desktop, you can choose System Backup. If your files are stored on the non-system partition (like D partition, E partition), you can choose File Backup and select all the files and folders you want to protect.

File Backup

With one or more backup created, you can restore your files at any time. Here are two ways to help you restore files.

  • Restore files via file image backup. To restore from file image backup, you can click Restore and select the file backup you want to restore, then do the rest of steps.

Restore From File Backup Image

  • Restore the selective files. In general, you can only restore files with file backup image. If you restore with system image, it will restore the entire system not just the files on the system drive.

But, In AOMEI Backupper, you are allowed to restore the selective files from all kinds of backup image, including File Backup, System Backup, Disk Backup, etc.

To restore the selective files, you can click Utilities > Explore Image to explore your backup image to the local computer. Then, you can copy the files you want to restore and paste it to a location.

Explore Image

This article is also applied to restore files from backup on external hard drive, restore backup files from USB flash drive, etc.

Windows built-in tool can restore files from backup on your computer. However, they both have limitations. Thus, you need the alternative way to protect your files. AOMEI Backupper is a free software, which can protect all your files in Windows 7/8/10. And you can restore files from all kinds of backup image, including file backup image, system backup image, hard drive backup image.