How to Mount a System Restore Point to Restore a Single File

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Ever wanted to restore a file from the past, but don’t have a good way to do it? With System Restore Explore you can mount a System Restore snapshot, and browse a past copy of your entire drive.

Going Back In Time With System Restore Explorer

Head over to the developer’s website and grab yourself a free copy of System Restore Explorer. The program requires a simple next, next finish kind of install. Once the installation has completed the program will launch, to display a list of available system restore points.

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To mount a restore point select it from the list and hit the Mount botton, when it become available.

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Once you have mounted the restore point, it will open an explorer window for you to browse through the drive as if it was you system drive.
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To restore a file, simple navigate to its location and copy it to the location of your choice, which can be anywhere out of the mounted directory.

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When you are finished be sure to go back and un-mount the  restore point.

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This trick will work on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 10/13/11
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