How to view the contents of a backup?

The contents of the backup can be viewed using the File Restore Wizard.

1. Click to open the Backup and Restore component.

2. Do one of the following.

o To view your files, select Restore my files.

o To view all users’ files, select Restore All Users’ Files. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, enter the password or provide confirmation.

3. Do one of the following.

o To view the contents of the backup, select Browse Files or Browse Folders.

During folder browsing, individual files in a folder are not displayed. To view individual files, use the Browse Files command.

o To search within the contents of a backup, select Search, enter the entire or partial file name, and click the Find button.

How to recover files?

To restore files, use the File Recovery Wizard. You can restore individual files, multiple files, or all files in an archive. You can also restore only your own files or the files of all users of the computer. For information about restoring files, see Restoring files from a backup.

Is it possible to recover accidentally deleted files?

Yes. There are two ways to restore files.

· If you have a backup that contains a file, you can restore the file from it. For more information, see Restoring files from a backup.

· If you do not have a backup that contains the file, you can try restoring the previous version of the file. Windows automatically saves copies of changed files (including files that are deleted) using restore points; these files are called previous versions. For information about using previous versions to recover a file, see Recover lost or deleted files.

How to recover files in case of computer failure?

It depends on the type of backups created and the type of files to be restored.

· If you have a backup image of your system, you can restore Windows, programs, and files. For instructions on restoring your computer using a system image backup, see Restoring your computer from a system image backup.

· If you have backed up files, you can restore files to another computer, or you can repair your computer and restore files to it. For instructions on restoring files, see Restoring files from a backup.

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Compressing and decompressing files (ZIP files)

Compressed files take up less space and can be transferred to other computers faster than uncompressed files. You can work with compressed files and folders in the same way as with uncompressed files and folders. You can also combine multiple files into one compressed folder. This makes it easier to work with a group of files.

Compressing a file or folder

1.Find the file or folder you want to compress.

2.Right-click the file or folder, point to Send To, and then click Compressed ZIP Folder.

A compressed folder will appear in the same location. To rename a compressed folder, right-click it, select Rename, and then enter a new name.

Extracting (or decompressing) files or folders from a compressed folder

1.Locate the compressed folder from which you want to extract files or folders.

2.Do one of the following:

oTo extract a single file or folder, double-click the compressed folder to open it. Drag the file or folder from the compressed folder to a new location.

oTo extract the entire contents of a compressed folder, right-click the folder, select Extract All, and follow the instructions.


· If you add encrypted files to a compressed folder, the files will become unencrypted when the folder is uncompressed, which may inadvertently expose personal or confidential information. Therefore, you should avoid compressing encrypted files.

· Some file types, such as JPEG pictures, are already compressed with a large compression ratio. If you compress a folder that contains multiple JPEG pictures, the total size of the folder will be approximately equal to the size of the original picture folder. If you want to reduce the size of your drawings to send them by e-mail, see Sending images by e-mail.

· If you want to add a new file or folder to an existing compressed folder, drag the required files to the compressed folder.

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