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    Thumbs up Get Shadow Copy Feature In Home Basic & Premium Editions

    Perhaps you have tried accessing this feature in Vista Home Premium in the past, but with no success. The common Vista version we can see is Home Premium. As many of you know, Premium version has most of our basic features but lacks in some good features that are available only in higher editions of Vista like Enterprise and Ultimate.


    Definition of Windows Shadow Copy goes like this: Shadow copies are automatically saved as part of a restore point in System Properties. If System Protection is turned on, Windows automatically creates shadow copies of files that have been modified since the last restore point was made, which is typically once a day. If your hard disk is partitioned or if you have more than one hard disk on your computer, you need to turn on System Protection on the other partitions or hard disks.




    The good way to come out of this burden is, installing a free, small and nifty tool called “Shadow Explorer”. Shadow explorer allows you access and browse the shadow copies created by the Windows Vista volume Shadow Copy Service. As I said earlier, this is really a small application to have with great feature. The options and features are not only straight forward but easy-to-use as well. The three features of Shadow

    Explorer are:
    *Shows available Shadow Copies
    *Allows users to browse through Shadow Copies
    *Retrieve versions of files and folders

    Shadow Explorer installer size is around 600KB and hardly takes 2 MB hard disk space. Users can select any drive from the top left corner and also can see the dates of Shadow Copies. As this program is straight forward, there is nothing much to write about it. All I can say is a must have for Vista Home Basic and Premium edition users.

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    P.S: Shadow Copy feature is available in Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions by default.
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    Nice app, thanks for the share.

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    This service is turned on by default on all versions of Windows® Vista, but Microsoft grants access to these copies only in Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise editions, but not on Home Editions. Addl Read.

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    ^Right. Shadow explorer just gives the access to the shadow copy.

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    This is really handy to retrieve "lost" files and folders. A while ago I wrote a short tutorial on release 0.1. Although the current release is a little different, it may still serve for those that have questions.

    Recover Files with Shadow Copies on Any Version of Windows Vista :: the How-To Geek

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    ^ Thats a very nice article you have written, whs

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    Thank you. It's from my "active" days. I hope it can still be of some help to people.

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