Restore points are important as they permit Windows OS reverting changes or even to recover from crashes. System Restore stores its backup on Windows OS hard disk in a hidden folder called System Volume Information. The access to this folder is denied by default and experts can bypass this limitation. But, novice users need special software to access it, as it can be useful to recover files, folders, Internet profiles etc… deleted by mistake.
System Restore Explorer is a software that helps users by displaying available restore points in a simple interface and in the case of exploring the restore points, you can use the Mount (As in access or explore) feature and also Unmount restore point when the desired operation is finished by user. If user find out that the restore point in infected with a malware then System Restore Explorer also features a delete option, so that you can delete that malware file from restore point. All these options can either be reached from the bottom of the interface or via right click on a chosen restore point.
System Restore Explorer displays the date and time of creation, as well as the description of each restore point this to make easier on carefully activating a restore point to browse inside.
After highlighting a restore point and clicking on Mount button, System Restore Explorer mounts the restore point and creates a shortcut to it. This will pop-up Windows explorer providing direct access to files and folders stored inside the restore point that’s normally difficult to access. In my case it is HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy2. Now use copy and paste options to extract/save the files from restore point, that you wish. After that quickly activate Unmount option so as to not damage the restore point and if that happens then use Delete option.
The best feature of this tool is the ability to mount a system restore point as a folder in Windows Explorer.
Now, some can say in order to look inside restore points in Windows Vista and 7 is to open ‘Computer’ folder, right-click hard drive containing Windows OS with System Restore enabled and choose option ‘Restore previous versions’, then click on open.
This method is nice but what about if there is a sudden malware attack or Windows corruption, then in this case System Restore Explorer can come to help. System Restore Explorer works on Windows Vista/7. Download your copy from this link.
Download : System Restore Explorer