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Preview File contents of Win7 Backup without Restoring

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#1 Ruby Bookwyrm

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:07 AM

A friend wants to restore a few photos from a Windows 7 Backup image, but she doesn't know the file names because they still have the default IMG_### format.  She does not want to restore all of the photos.  Is there a way to view the file contents, not just the names from the backup files?

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 01:05 PM

I know your friend doesn't know the name of the files, but to at least view what she has in there:


You can view the contents of your backup by opening the Restore Files wizard.

  1. Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_818, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To view your files, click Restore my files.

    • To view all users' files, click Restore all users' files. 18abb370-ac1e-4b6b-b663-e028a75bf05b_48. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To browse the contents of the backup, click Browse for files or Browse for folders.

      When you are browsing for folders, you won't be able to see the individual files in a folder. To view individual files, use the Browse for files option.

    • To search the contents of the backup, click Search, type all or part of a filename, and then click Search.


Edited by th3fall3n777, 13 July 2013 - 01:05 PM.

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