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"there are no previous versions available"

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#1 Sylveon Fetish

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 06:11 AM

In fact, it's never worked since day 1 of Windows 7. I mean from first week of its release.


Whenever I right-click on any file and go to the file's properties, under the 'previous versions' tab, it will say "searching for previous versions" for about a minute, then it will say "there are no previous versions available". I have never got Windows 7 to show any kind of previous version of any file. Is this feature broken in Windows 7? or am I doing something wrong?

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 07:19 AM

Hi Sylveon Fetish :)

In order for previous versions of files to be saved, you need to have the "Volume Shadow Copy" service enabled on Windows 7.


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Posted 19 October 2015 - 08:26 AM

Sylveon Fetish,


In case you aren't sure where to find the Volume Shadow Copy control, please do the following:


  1. Click Start
  2. Right Click Computer
  3. Click Properties
  4. Click System Protection
  5. Click the drive that contains files you want to be able to view previous versions of
  6. Click Configure
  7. Click Restore system settings and previous versions of files (if the drive is the Operating System drive). Click Only restore previous versions of files (if the drive is not the Operating System drive).
  8. Click Apply
  9. Click OK
  10. Click OK


I hope that helps with your issue.

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 09:20 AM

Hi Sylveon Fetish,


If you have done the above (or already had) here's a link to enable it




Hope it works for you 


It has never worked for me (previous versions) from day one like you


Even tried "Shadow Explorer" and that shows nothing as well


I wish you better luck than me



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