Probe System Restore Points With Free System Restore Explorer

imageHave you ever wanted to access a file, or an application, within a System Restore Point? You can do just that with a neat little freebie – System Restore Explorer.

Running System Restore Explorer will allow you to “Mount” a System Restore Point and you’ll then have the “go ahead” to browse and copy files or, launch an application from within the selected System Restore Point. As well, System Restore Explorer provides an option to delete selected restore points.

A brief walkthrough:

I have chosen to mount a restore point created on November 29, as illustrated below. Note that System Restore Explorer displays the date and time of the restore point creation, as well as a brief description.


Mounting a restore point automatically runs Windows Explorer, and as the following screen capture illustrates (click the graphic to expand), I now have access to (in this case), HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy3.


Expanding HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy3 provides access to the applications in the restore point, and for this test, I have chosen to execute the graphic application, IrfanView.


Clicking on the IrfanView executable (i_view32.exe), promptly launched the application, as illustrated below.


System requirements: Windows Vista, Win 7 – 32-bit and 64-bit.

Download at: Developer’s site

You may not often need to dig inside a System Restore Point, but if you do, having this freebie in your toolkit will make the job that much easier.

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Filed under 64 Bit Software, downloads, Freeware, System Utilities, Windows Tips and Tools

7 responses to “Probe System Restore Points With Free System Restore Explorer

  1. kenneth lunkins

    hi bill
    i wondering why all of a sudden i have to fish out emails from in the spam box. and also i am getting more spam then usual.

    • Hi Ken,

      No doubt about it – there has been a LOT more spam this last few weeks. You can expect to see even more now that we’re into the holiday season.



  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    This looks really good. Especially like the fact you can easily delete old system restore points. They can really clutter up a system. Will give it a spin for sure.

  3. John Bent

    Hi Bil,

    This is one of those “I didn’t know I needed it until I needed it” ones. Could be very useful indeed if a single file was identified as needing to be rolled back. I suspect the trick will be to remember I’ve got it when I need it. As you know I’m a compulsive downloader. Maybe one day I’ll get round to spring cleaning my applications, no doubt when things start to slow down!

    Thanks for giving it a spin.

    Kind regards

    • Hi john,

      You’ve described this app exactly – “I didn’t know I needed it until I needed it”. As you well know, using the right tool – in the right place – at the right time – is a mark of one who “has it together”. Or, something like that. 🙂



      • John Bent

        Hi Bill,

        ” One who has it together”; not something I’ve ever been accused of.

        Kind regards