How to Restore Files From Backup Discs

by Andrew Tennyson

You were forward-thinking enough to back up your important files. Now it’s time to load them onto your computer. Windows 8 introduced a new feature called File History that you can use to restore files. You can also drag and drop files manually from discs to your computer using the native File Explorer app.

Restoring Files Using File History

1

Insert the backup disc into your computer’s optical drive. If an Autoplay prompt opens, close it.

2

Point your mouse to the upper-right corner of your screen and click “Search” to open the Search charm.

3

Type “restore your files” into the Search box and then click “Restore your files with File History” from the search results.

4

Select the backed-up files you want to restore from your disc and click the “Restore” button at the bottom of the window. To select multiple files, hold down the “Ctrl” button and click each file you want to restore.

Restoring Files Using File Explorer

1

Insert the backup disc into your computer’s optical drive. If an Autoplay prompt opens, close it.

2

Press “Ctrl-E” to launch the File Explorer application.

3

Click your backup disc in the left pane of File Explorer and then drag and drop the backed-up files into the desired location on your computer.

Tips

  • To restore files to a location other than where they were originally saved, click and hold the “Restore” button at the bottom of the File History window, select “Restore to” and then choose where you want to save the selected files.
  • If you have an external hard drive, set up the File History feature in Windows 8.1 to have your computer regularly back up important files. To set up File History, start by connecting an external hard drive to your computer. If an Autoplay prompt opens when you connect the drive, close the prompt. Point your mouse to the top right corner of your screen and click “Search.” Type “file history settings” in the Search field and then select “File History Settings” from the list of search results. Choose “Select a drive” and then click your external hard drive from the list of available devices. Enable the File History feature to initiate automatic backups.
  • Although the System Image Backup feature in Windows 7 is no longer the main backup method in Windows 8 and 8.1, it still exists on your computer. To use it, swipe your mouse to the top right corner of your screen, click “Search” and enter “File History” in the Search field. Click “File History” from the search results and then select “System Image Backup.”

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About the Author

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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