How to Restore Individual Files From Windows 10 System Image Backup?

Posted by @Teresa

October 9, 2017

Want to restore individual files from a Windows 10 image backup? This article discusses how to browse Windows 10 system image and recover individual files step by step.

Why you need to restore files from backup in Windows 10?

Windows 10 has gradually spread to various places including workplaces and family occasions since more and more Windows 7 or Windows 8 users upgrade their PC to this OS. Anyway, it is advised to backup Windows 7 for Windows 10 upgrade.

It is a good start to backup everything after upgrading to Windows 10, system files and personal data. However, here is a situation. Some of my friends habitually store important files or frequently-used documents on desktop or Documents of C drive which is along with system files. When they backup Windows 10 system drive, absolutely these significant files are backed up as well. It is great because it is seems like all important stuff are protected. Nevertheless, one day, one of them came to me and asked for help, he accidentally permanently deleted the important files stored on desktop. He wants to get them back and double-clicked the Windows 10 backup image, only to find that he had to restore the entire OS to get those particular files, which is definitely not what he want.

As you can see, he needs nothing but to extract files from Windows 10 system image. Then, what is the easiest way to browse Windows image backup? Keep reading and let’s go further.

Extract files from Windows backup via the easiest image extractor

Windows does not want users to view and modify created system backup or operations like that because important files may be deleted under inappropriate operations and it can no longer used to restore. Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper Professional will help you solve this issue. It allows you to explore Windows 10 backup image with no harm to the original image backup. In theory, it will mount all contents with “Explore Image” to virtual drive. You can view files, copy and modified them like you do in Windows File Explorer. This is more like a duplication of the Windows 10 backup image, so no change will happen to the original. After getting what you want, you can detach the virtual drive and finish this operation. Download its free trial or purchase it to have a try.

1. Install and start this software on Windows 10. Normally your created system backup will be auto detected. Then you can see it at the home console. Put the cursor over the backup image and you’ll see an Advanced option. Click to find Explore Image. If it is not detected, go Utilities > Explore Image > Path to manually navigate it.

Explore Image

2. Choose a right backup point.

Backup Point

3. At this page, assign a drive letter for the virtual drive you about to create. You have options to extract only one of them if you know where the important files stored. Mostly, extract only C drive is enough because generally the other two cannot be accessed. Here will take letter G for example. Click Next and it will start extracting. The process takes less than one minute in this example.

Assign drive letter

4. Now, go Windows 10 File Explorer to see if you have a G drive there. Double click G and take what you want. This actually saves the steps of restoring, so cool.

local disk G


  • You can detach this virtual drive G by go Utilities > Explore Image > Detach in turn.
  • AOMEI Backupper Professional also supports other Windows OS, so you can use it to restore individual files from backup in Windows 7/8.1/XP. If you want to restore files from Windows Server 2012 backup, you need to complete that with AOMEI Backupper Server edition.

This is quite helpful in solving such practical issues. Within only a few clicks, the problem of restoring files from Windows 10 backup is easily settled. As a matter of fact, AOMEI Backupper is capable of many other things in Windows 10. For example, you can deploy Windows 10 via WinPE USB drive to another computer or auto backup Windows 10 to external hard drive for extra layer of protection.