By Teresa / Last Updated April 16, 2019

Why you need to restore files from backup in Windows 10?

Windows 10 has gradually spread to various places including workplaces and family occasions since more and more Windows 7 or Windows 8 users upgrade their PC to this OS. Anyway, it is advised to backup Windows 7 for Windows 10 upgrade.

It is a good start to backup everything after upgrading to Windows 10, system files and personal data. However, you may want to restore files from Windows 10 backup in some cases. For example, some important files are deleted by accident and they cannot be found from Recycle Bin. In some serious situations like system crash or disk error, the backup you created before can definitely save your life. With the help of bootable media, you can restore system image from boot so that to make computer back to life.

You may have other reasons for a file restoring, but what counts next is to find out how to complete the restoring from the backup you created before. Here you got two simple ways.

How to restore files from backup in Windows 10 easily?

If you created backup with Windows in-built backup utility, File History, follow this guide to get started.

1. Go Start > Settings > Update & security.

2. Click Backup on the left side and select Back up using File History and then More Options.

3. Pull down at the pop-up window and find Restore files from a current backup and click it.

4. Find the backup you'd like to restore and click the Restore button in the middle of beneath after your confirmation. Wait for the process to complete.

It is very easy to restore File History backup in Windows 10 under Windows environment. To restore system image in Windows 10, you have to first create system image with Backup and Restore (Windows 7). In most cases, people would think about system restoring only when system fails. Thus, creating a system repair disc is necessary. It is a tool to boot Windows when system refuses to boot.

Sometimes, you may find File History does not work while restoring, that's why so many users are looking for File History alternative. Also, Windows built-in tools do not support explore image or check image after backup is created. Finding another professional backup tool is urgent.

Restore individual files from Windows 10 system backup easily

Windows does not want users to view and modify created system backup or operations like that because important files may be deleted under inappropriate operations and it can no longer used to restore. Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper Professional will help you solve this issue. It allows you to explore Windows 10 backup image with no harm to the original image backup.

In theory, it will mount all contents with “Explore Image” to virtual drive. You can view files, copy and modified them like you do in Windows File Explorer. This is more like a duplication of the Windows 10 backup image, so no change will happen to the original. After getting what you want, you can detach the virtual drive and finish this operation.

Besides, it supports create bootable USB drive or CD/DVD disc, which helps restore files without booting Windows. The steps of extracting files are quite easy. Here are detailed steps.

1. Install and start this software on Windows 10. Normally your created system backup will be auto detected. Then you can see it at the home console. Put the cursor over the backup image and you’ll see an Advanced option. Click to find Explore Image. If it is not detected, go Utilities > Explore Image > Path to manually navigate it.

Explore Image

2. Choose a right backup point.

Backup Point

3. At this page, assign a drive letter for the virtual drive you about to create. You have options to extract only one of them if you know where the important files stored. Mostly, extract only C drive is enough because generally the other two cannot be accessed. Here will take letter G for example. Click Next and it will start extracting. The process takes less than one minute in this example.

Assign drive letter

4. Now, go Windows 10 File Explorer to see if you have a G drive there. Double click G and take what you want. This actually saves the steps of restoring, so cool.

local disk G


  • You can detach this virtual drive G by go Utilities > Explore Image > Detach in turn.
  • AOMEI Backupper Professional also supports other Windows OS, so you can use it to restore individual files from backup in Windows 7/8.1/XP. If you want to restore files from Windows Server 2012 backup, you need to complete that with AOMEI Backupper Server edition.

This is quite helpful in solving such practical issues. Within only a few clicks, the problem of restoring files from Windows 10 backup is easily settled. As a matter of fact, AOMEI Backupper is capable of many other things in Windows 10. For example, you can deploy Windows 10 via WinPE USB drive to another computer or auto backup Windows 10 to external hard drive for extra layer of protection.