By AOMEI / Last Updated November 6, 2020

Why is there no Restore previous versions option?

Previous Versions is a practical feature in Windows 10/8/7 that allows users to restore files and folders to the older versions. This Windows built-in feature is working well when you need to retrieve files and folders that were accidentally deleted, modified, or damaged.

To access this feature, you can right click a file/folder and then select Restore previous versions. However, many users mentioned that they can’t find Restore previous versions option when they right click a file. This may be because you mistakenly deleted a special key from the registry or the special key is missing.

No Option

The key is {596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}, which is responsible for showing Restore previous versions in context menu. Regardless of the cause, this issue brings great inconvenience for users, especially those who urgently need to restore deleted files or modified files.

Restore previous versions tab is missing – how to fix?

How to deal with the problem of Restore previous versions not showing? Here is an efficient way. To do this, follow steps below:

Step 1. Launch the Run box by pressing Windows logo key + R. Type regedit in the Run box. Then click OK.

Step 2. Go HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAllFilesystemObjectsshellexContextMenuHandlers.

Step 3. Right click ContextMenuHandlers. Click New and Key subsequently. Then type {596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153} and press Enter.


Step 4. Go HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}shellexContextMenuHandlers.

Step 5. Create a {596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153} key by following the method mentioned in Step 3.


Step 6. Go HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellexContextMenuHandlers.

Step 7. Create a {596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153} key by using the method mentioned in Step 3.


Step 8. Go HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDriveshellexContextMenuHandlers.

Step 9. Create a {596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153} key by taking the method mentioned in Step 3.


Now, when you right click a file you can see the Restore previous versions option in context menu.


Although this method is effective, the operating steps are complicated. Besides, serious problems like data loss might occur if you operate incorrectly. No Restore previous versions option in Windows 10 - how to resolve? The best free alternative will be shown below.

The best freeware to restore files to the previous versions

AOMEI Backupper Standard also is a good choice for restoring files to the earlier versions. Best of all, it’s free! This freeware supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP currently.

This powerful software provides system restore, disk restore, and files restore, etc. It also allows you to retrieve files from formatted SD card and recover deleted files from PS4. What’s more, selective file restore in this freeware enables you to recover parts of the files in an image file.

All the steps are very easy to learn, even for a beginner. You can download this freeware to have a try! Let's see how it works.

How to restore previous versions of files step by step?

Before restoring, you must have a file backup in advance. Backup image can bring you back to the older version. Therefore, it is highly recommended to develop a habit of backing up important files. Now, let's start with the following steps.

Step 1. Install and open this freeware.

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Step 2. Choose Restore from the left side. Select your files backup (My File Backup). Then press Next.

Select Image

Step 3. Select a Backup Point. Then press Next.

Step 4. Retrieve files from the location where you backed up files (here is C:).Then press Next.

Select Folder From Image

Step 5. Select a destination path to recover files. You can choose Restore to original location or Restore to a new location by your needs. Then click Start Restore.

Restore To Original Location


  • You can click Restore NTFS permissions in Step 5 to maintain the original permission rights for the files. Remember that NTFS permissions can only be recovered to NTFS formatted drives. Please upgrade to the advanced version to enjoy this feature.

  • In Step 5, Replace existing files means the program will overwrite existing files.

  • Universal restore is a practical feature in AOMEI Backupper Professional that allows you to restore image to a machine with dissimilar hardware. Install this professional edition, if necessary.


Sometimes, you may find that no Restore previous versions option is available. Don't panic. This tutorial shows you how to recover this option. If you think the approach is complicated and time-consuming, then you should consider using the freeware - AOMEI Backupper Standard to restore previous version in Windows 7 or Windows 10. What's more, it enables you to transfer data from one hard drive to another with the sync and clone features. Now try it by yourself!