ShadowExplorer Updated, Restore Files In Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 4, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

Windows Vista and Windows 7 create so called shadow copies automatically from time to time. A shadow copy of a file is basically a backup of that file. That's helpful when a file needs to be restored to a previous version, for instance after a failed update or software installation. All Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can make use of the Shadow Copy feature natively with the exception of Windows Vista Home users.

Windows 7 users can for instance access the feature by right-clicking on a file in Windows Explorer and selecting the Restore Previous Versions context menu entry.

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The feature is turned on in all editions of Vista and Windows 7 by default.

Shadow Explorer is a third party tool that offers the following feature set:

  • Show available point-in-time copies
  • Browse through Shadow Copies
  • Retrieve versions of files and folders

shadow explorer

The hard drive partition, date and time are selectable at the top of the application. Shadow Explorer displays recoverable files grouped into their folders on the left side.

Both files and folders can be exported with a right-click and the selection of export from the menu.

The main advantage of Shadow Copy is the interface which is easier to navigate and use, especially if multiple files or folders need to be recovered on the system.

A lot has changed since our first review in 2008. Shadow Copy for instance does not need elevated privileges anymore to run. The latest version is now showing all modified, accessed and created timestamps as well which are preserved when files or folders are exported.

Shadow Explorer is available for download from the developer website. It is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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