You can restore backed-up versions of files that are lost, damaged, or changed accidentally. You can restore individual files, groups of files, or all files that you have backed up.

  1. Open Backup and Restore Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore Center.

  2. Click Restore files, and then follow the steps.

Notes

  • To restore a file backup after you have restored your computer from a Windows Complete PC Backup image, follow the steps below.

  • Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore is not included with Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Home Premium.

To restore a backup made on another computer

  1. Open Backup and Restore Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore Center.

  2. Click Advanced restore. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. Click Files from a backup made on a different computer, and then follow the steps.

Tips

  • If you are searching for files or folders associated with a specific user account, you can improve search results by typing the location of the file or folder in the Search for box. For example, to search for all JPG files that were backed up, type JPG in the Search for box. To only search for JPG files associated with the user Bill, type C:\Users\Bill\JPG in the Search for box.

  • You can sort the list of files and folders you want to restore by column headings. To change the column headings that are displayed, right-click a column heading in the wizard, and then select the heading you want to show or hide.