Have 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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