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I had backed up files on my Desktop having Windows 7 Ultimate with Windows Backup. I urgently need a specific file which I had kept in My Documents, and which was being backed-up.

Right now I do not have access to the desktop, but I do have the external disk on which I had backed up. On looking at the backup files, I can see that they are basically folders, and some zip files which contain the data. However there does not seem to be a way of easily exploring or browsing through the various files to get the latest copy of the required file.

If I look at the files on a system with Windows 7, I can only restore the entire backup, which I do not want to do.

Is there any way of browsing through the Windows Backup files and searching for a specific file?

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Possible duplicate of Restore some files out of SystemImageBackup. Also see Restore Windows 7 backup on XP. – Karan Jan 2 '13 at 3:12
@Karan The Questions you have linked, have to do with System Image backup. My case has to do with File Backups, and the procedure is different. – Devdatta Tengshe Jan 2 '13 at 16:18
As nixda mentioned, a better description would have simply allowed us to link you to this MS article: Restore files from a backup‌​. (I'm pretty sure this must also be covered by previous questions, but this site's search sucks.) – Karan Jan 2 '13 at 16:28
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If you have a File backup as I have, then you can follow these steps to browse or search through your backup.

  1. Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button , and typing Backup. Select Backup and Restore from the search results.

  2. Click Select another backup to restore files from, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

  3. You can search or browse for a particular file or folder.

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This clear answer was exactly what I needed, thank you. – GGB667 Nov 14 '14 at 19:00

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