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Restore files in Windows 7

If you happen to be using Windows 7 and you delete a file by mistake (or changed your mind 😉 ), there is an easy way to restore it.

  1. Go to the folder that has the file
  2. Right click in it (on the empty surface, not on an icon)
  3. Click Properties
  4. Click the tab called Previous Versions
  5. Locate the file that you want to restore

These files are created based on when Windows is performing System Restore points so you might want to modify those settings if you are more advanced user. They are performed on every restart by default, certain periods of the day, after installing some application etc.

The above can be performed also on a file that has been modified but it is still present:

  1. Right click on the file
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click the Previous Versions tab
  4. Select the version you want to restore

This restore procedure will work on all kind of files, database files, Word documents, text files, images etc.

Add Windows XP apps in Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

Recently I needed to add applications in Windows 7 which are only compatible with Windows XP. I discovered the Virtual PC in Windows 7 and the Windows XP Mode. It is great concept and it works quite nice because you don’t notice any difference to the applications (except some RAM usage), but there is a little problem for non-installable applications. They do not show in the Windows XP Mode menu automatically.

I noticed that only some applications are listed in the Windows XP Mode list and the one that I needed was not available there. You are able to add any application in that list by performing the following:

  1. Start Windows XP Mode in Desktop mode
  2. Create a shortcut of your application’s main executable file (.exe)
  3. Move the shortcut file (.lnk) in the following path: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs folder

The application should be now available in the Start Menu under Windows XP Mode.

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