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I wonder if it is possible to restore previous versions of files or system states with Windows 7 backup.

Let's assume a backup has been set with default settings. It runs every Sunday at 19:00. Is it possible with this backup to restore to a backup point created one month ago, or our only choice is the last backup point?

I will be happy if you can clarify this mystery for me.

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Yes, you can restore Windows 7 at your backup point.
For more info, check System Restore.

To use System Restore

Before you start System Restore, save any open files and close all programs. System Restore will restart your PC.

Open System Restore by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type System Restore, and then, in the list of results, click System Restore. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Follow the steps in the wizard to choose a restore point and restore your computer.

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System Restore provides me the option to restore to System Image Restore Point which is created by Windows Backup: The dates go back to May 25, 2012 for me. I am not sure if there are really so many system images saved on my external hard drive. On the other hand, it proves you cannot restore the entire system if you haven't created system image. – Alexey Ivanov Dec 8 '12 at 20:38

You can restore files to their previous versions. Each file and folder have Previous Versions tab on their Properties dialog:

  1. Right-click file or folder, and click Properties.
  2. Click Previous Versions tab.

After a while, you'll see the list of available versions. For files, it can be either Restore Point or Backup. For folders, the dialog just lists the dates when a modification occurred.

Alternatively you can go to Backup and Restore and restore files from there.

JiniOnline's answer provides info on restoring the system to a previous state.

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