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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

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.

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