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How to Restore System Image and Files Backups in Windows 10

If the files and folders on your computer get lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them using File History. Here provide 2 methods to restore Backups in Windows 10.


How to restore your PC from a Windows 10 system image

We assume that you have used the system image on a USB stick or external hard drive. The first step in the recovery process depends on the case that your PC is still working. If you cannot boot into the Windows, you can start recovering from Windows system image disk - see the next step shows.

1. Restore your Windows 10 PC from a system image you created earlier

Open the Settings app. Click the "Update & Security" tile. In the list of pages on the left, click “Recovery”. Click the “Restart now” button under Advanced startup.

restart now

When your PC reboots, click the "Troubleshoot" button. Click "Advanced options" and then "System Image Recovery". Follow the wizard to recover your PC.

System image recovery

2. How to restore system image backup when the Windows fails to start

If Windows does not start, you need to boot the device from the Windows 10 USB installation media. If you don't have Windows installation media, you can create one using Microsoft's media creation tools on a working PC. You can follow this link to the Microsoft software download website.

Windows OS installation media

Step 1: Insert the Windows USB installation and reboot the system.

Step 2: Set the locked PC to boot from the installation media.

Step 3: On the Windows Setup screen, click Next to continue.

Step 4: On the Windows Install screen, click Repair your computer.

Repair your computer.

Step 5: After entering the Windows Recovery Recovery screen, click the "Troubleshooting" button.

select troubleshoot

Step 6: Then select Advanced options. Then click on System Image Recovery.

advanced option

Step 7: Follow the on-screen instructions. Then you'll see that the Re-image your computer wizard opens. Select to use the latest available system image, or select a system image backup.

select a system image backup

After you complete the recovery, your computer will be restored. If needed, you can do the restore files and folders from within Windows at the Backup and Restore.

Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

How restore your files with File History in Windows 10

Restore Current Backup on Windows 10 several tools help you do this work – Settings, Control panel and File Explorer. Restoring files on Windows 10 via settings application takes just several clicks.

Option 1: Restore files you backed up before via Settings

Click the Start menu, type in "Backup" then hit Enter to open the Backup settings.

Backup settings

Under the Back up using File History, click the "More options" icon.

More options

Pull down the page and click "Restore files from a current backup".

Restore files from a current backup

Enter the name of the file you're looking for in the search box, or use the left and right arrows to browse through different versions of your folders and files. Select what you want to restore to its original location, and then tap or click the Restore button.

restore to its original location

Option 2: Restore files via Control Panel

Step 1: Open Control Panel, click System & Security, then click on File History icon.

click on file history

Step 2: If you've turned on File History backups, click the Restore Personal Files in the File History screen.

click Restore personal files

Step 3: To choose a time period, click the arrow buttons or the panes at the side of the window. Then select the exact version and files you need to restore.

select the files to restore

Option 3: Restore files using File Explorer

You can use File Explorer to restore a previous version of a file. Open up File Explorer and select the file you want to restore a version of. Then, click History on the Home tab.

restore backups from file explore

Alternatively, you can locate to the Windows Backup. Right-click the file you want to revert and click Restore previous versions.

restore previous versions