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Previous Version File Recoverer

Easily recover previous versions of files in Windows Vista, 7 and 8.

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Starting with Vista, Windows allows the recovering of previous versions of files without a dedicated backup. These previous versions are stored in "System Snapshots" as "Shadow Copies" whenever a Restore Point is made by the system or manually made by the user from the System Protection tab of the System App in the Control Panel.

Microsoft limited this feature in Vista to the Business Editions. Home Basic and Premium do not have it, hence the need for this program. It turns out in Windows 8 the feature has been deprecated. The tab is not available except by accessing the computer as if it were over a network. However Previous Version File Recoverer still works, as does an alternative piece of freeware named Shadow Explorer.

This version fixes a major flaw which prevented the recovery of files other than those saved on the operating system partition.

This program was previously known as Vista Previous Version File Recoverer and Windows Previous Version Recoverer.

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  • Recover previous versions of files hidden in Vista Home Basic and Premium.
  • Explore restore point file system snapshots saved in Windows Vista and 7.
  • Access previous versions of files in Vista and Windows 7 without resorting to the right-click/context menu.

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  • jbjblaze
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    Works as advertised! I was able to restore a file that has previous version that would not show up in Previous Versions oddly. But it worked!

    Posted 09/14/2014
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Intended Audience

Advanced End Users, End Users/Desktop, Information Technology, Non-Profit Organizations, Religion, System Administrators

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Visual Basic .NET


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