U-Recover - Create Previous File Versions on Windows 10 and Windows 11

U-Recover: Create Previous File Versions on Windows 10 and Windows 11

U-Recover brings back your favorite Microsoft® Windows® file protection and recovery features from Windows 7 and adds them back to Windows 10 and Windows 11.  It lets you create and manage Volume Shadow Copies (Previous Versions) of your files inside of Windows Explorer just like you did on Windows 7.

Why U-Recover?

Microsoft replaced Volume Shadow Copies with File History. File History captures only your personal files and requires an external backup device.

U-Recover gives you the ability to create and configure shadow copies in Windows Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 11 so that you can save old versions of your files. It also brings back the ability to schedule the creation of automatic daily snapshots or daily system restore points.

Advanced File Recovery

U-Recover gives you extra file recovery features that go beyond Windows. For example, you can expose a snapshot or a restore point as a disk letter in order to browse, search, or copy the files within it. Because the snapshot is just another disk letter you can access all of the private files within it using your administrator rights.

With U-Recover you can also mount a Windows System Image Backup as disk letter, including a compressed image, and browse it with full administrator rights.

U-Recover Pro

U-Recover Pro gives you even more features for the enterprise. These include installing the software on demand, scheduling the automatic creation of snapshots or restore points (with e-mail alerts), and automating U-Recover to run using scripts or with Group Policy.

Feature Comparison

Feature Win 7 Win 11 U-Recover
Create shadow copies
(Previous Versions)
in Windows Explorer
View shadow copies
(Previous Versions)
in Windows Explorer
Manage shadow copiesYesYesYes
View private files
in shadow copies
View files in a Windows System Backup ImageYesYes
Expose shadow copies, restore points, or image backups as a disk letterYesYes
Schedule shadow copiesYesYes
Schedule restore pointsYesYes
Get e-mail alertsYes
Run using scriptsYes
Run using Group PolicyYes

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What is File History?

Microsoft introduced a new method for tracking changes to files called File History. File History copies your personal files to an external physical storage device (e.g., a USB thumb drive) or to a cloud service.

For a detailed point-by-point comparison of File History vs U-Recover see File History compared with U-Recover.

Example Uses
  • Recover user documents and files from inside a system restore point.
  • Mount a System Image and compare it with the running system.
  • Access the previous version of a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD or VHDX file).


U-Recover supports the following Windows operating systems:

Windows 11 Yes
Windows 10 Yes
Windows 8.1 Yes
Windows 8 No

For details see Requirements.

More Information

For more information see the help documentation.

You can download the free edition of U-Recover for personal home use.

Download U-Recover for free

U-Recover Pro Edition offers flexible license options for your organization including bulk discounts for multiple copies.