By Delia / Last update August 13, 2021

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.

AllFilesystemObjects

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.

CLSID

Step 6. Go HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshellexContextMenuHandlers.

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

Directory

Step 8. Go HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDriveshellexContextMenuHandlers.

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

Drive

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

Option

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.

Best freeware to restore files to the previous versions

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a good choice for restoring files to the earlier versions. Best of all, it’s free!

  • This powerful software provides system restore, disk restore, and files restore, etc.
  • It allows you to retrieve files from formatted SD card and recover deleted files from PS4 as long as you have created a backup image before.
  • Selective file restore in this freeware enables you to recover parts of the files in an image file.
  • It supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP currently.

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.

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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 > Select Task. Then, select your file backup task (My File Backup) and press Next.

Select Image

Step 3. Select the files you want to retrieve from the backup image. Then press Next.

Select Folder From Image

Step 4. Select a destination path to recover files. You can choose Restore to original location or Restore to a new location as per your needs. Then click Start Restore.

Restore To Original Location

Notes:

① If you click the Settings icon in the lower-left corner, you’ll get two options:

  • Restore NTFS permissions: it will 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.
  • Replace existing files: it will overwrite existing files with the same filenames.

File Restore Settings

② If you want to restore system to a machine with dissimilar hardware, you can try the Universal Restore feature in AOMEI Backupper Professional. Install this professional edition, if necessary.

Verdict

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!