How to Explore Image File in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 [5 Steps]

Image file explore can help to mount the backed up image file to a virtual drive, in which way you can visit files from My Computer or This PC.


By Delia Updated on October 19, 2022

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In Need of Image File Explore

All data will be backed up to an image file when you backup a disk, partition or volume. When you want to check or use one of these backed up files, a normal way is to restore the backup image file to its original or new place. That is helpful, yet sometimes it becomes tedious.

For example, you backup entire system drive to an external drive on a regular basis. When you need a previous version of a particular file that created on your desktop, you need to restore the entire system drive. To my knowledge, that is not a good way for most users. Is there any easy way to explore only that specific file in Windows?

Best Tool to Explore Windows Image Backup File

Fortunately, the Explore Image feature in AOMEI Backupper provides a pretty easy way to complete the task. In detail, it will guide you mount the image file to a virtual drive. And then, the drive you mounted can be visited in Windows File Explorer like My Computer or This PC. Finally, all files on that virtual drive(s) can be moved to other places.

AOMEI Backupper Professional will help you go through said steps. In addition, it allows you to check backup image for integrity with the Check Image feature. Other feauters like system backup, disk backup, file backup with incremental or differential backup are available as well. Now, let's get to know how to extract files from Windows image file with this tool step by step.

Image File Explorer with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it on your computer. Then, launch it, select "Explore Image" under the "Tools" tab.

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Explore Image

Step 2. Select a backup image from the list.

Select Backup Image

Step 3. Select a backup time point to explore.

Select Backup Point

Step 4. Select and view the partition you'd like to explore. And you can assign drive letters for the image partitions, and click Next to mount the image.

Assign Drive Letter

Step 5. Finally, click Finish. You can find those files in the path where you specified in step 4.

Note: 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.

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.