[System Restore Explorer] Explore The Content Stored in System Restore Point

The System Restore feature of the Windows operating system can be very handy if configured correctly.

It in theory allows the user to restore system settings and files to a previous state.

It is not a complete backup solution on the other hand as it is for instance limited by the storage space assigned to it.

Plus, there is no straightforward way of restoring individual files easily.

What Is System Restore Explorer?

System Restore Explorer is a tool which allows you to browse system restore points on your computer and select individual ones for deletion should you wish to free up some disk space.

It also allows you to mount the contents of a restore point into a folder so that you can browse and copy individual files, without the need to perform a full system restore.

If you mount a restore point, it is saved as a folder with the available files from the saved system state.

You can copy these files to save them on another location of the local drive and optionally delete the shortcut.

Deleting the shortcut does not remove the restore point.

Noticed that the name of the shortcut in the address bar from the following screen-shot.

Later on when finished, you can unmount the Restore Point, or close the program and delete the shortcut in the C: drive.

System Restore Explorer uses AlphaVSS, .NET Library which provides access to the Volume Shadow Copy Service which is meant to allow creation of volume backups even when applications are writing data to the volumes. System Restore Explorer works on 32-bit and 64-bit editions Windows XP , Vista and Windows 7.

Windows users can download System Restore Explorer from the developer website over at Nic Bedford.

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