How to Recover Deleted Files in Vista for Free

When you need to recover a file that you deleted, there's no reason to spend money on expensive recovery software if you're using Windows Vista. Vista has built-in back and recovery tools that make it simple to recover deleted files. The Restore Files Wizard will walk you through the process of locating backed up versions of files that were deleted so you can restore them to their old location or new one.


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      Click on the Start button and go to "All Programs," then "Accessories," then "System Tools," and click on "Backup Status and Configuration."

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      Click on the "Restore Files" icon in the left pane, then click on the "Restore Files" link.

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      Click on "File from the latest backup" to restore from the most recent date. Click on "Files from an older backup" to choose a past backup from a list of dates. Click on "Next." If you chose "Files from an older backup," choose a date from the list of options and click "Next."

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      Click on "Add files..." to find the files you want to restore. Use the "Search..." button if you don't know the exact location of the files. Click "Next" after you have added your files.

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      Tell Windows where to save the restored files by select either "In the original location," or "In the following location" and clicking on the Browse button to to specify a location. Click "Start restore" when you are ready to restore the files to the location you specified.

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