Where's My Work?
You probably know the sinking feeling – something that you’ve worked on, some file that you need, is not THERE on your PC when you want it. Accidentally deleting files causes untold lost work and productivity. Windows Vista provides a method for recovering “Previous Versions" of files and folders, but it’s included only in the Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise versions.
This article will show you how to use “Shadow Copy" in the premium versions, and then we’ll look at doing the same with the home versions of Vista.
If you’re curious, you can find out how much of your current system storage is being used for Shadow Copies by starting an elevated command prompt (click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, then right-click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator) and entering this command:
vssadmin list shadowstorage
“vss" stands for “volume snapshot service" which is the name of the process on the PC that provides shadow copy.
If you’re averse to the command prompt, don’t worry. Windows Vista Ultimate, Enterprise, and Business provide easy access to shadow copies – it’s called Previous Versions. Using it is really simple. Find the folder that contained the file that you accidentally deleted, overwrote, or altered, right-click it, and select the Previous Versions tab. Then select a snapshot of the folder that was taken before the undesired event. In the graphic below, the user is looking at restoring a folder called “Lincoln."