Backup and Restore Add or Remove Previous Versions from Context Menu and Properties in Windows 11


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You can right click on a drive, file, or folder, and click/tap on Properties to see a Previous Versions tab.

You can right click on a drive, file, or folder, and click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10) to see the Restore previous versions context menu. If you click/tap on the Restore previous versions context menu item, it will open the Previous Versions tab on the properties page of the drive, file, or folder.

The previous versions feature in Windows allows you to restore a previous version of files, folders, and drives that were saved or backed up as part of a restore point, File History, and/or Windows Backup.

If a file, folder, or drive was not included in a restore point, added to File History, or included in a Windows Backup, then there will not be any previous versions available for it.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Previous Versions tab on the properties page and Restore previous versions context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the Previous Versions tab from the properties page and Restore previous versions from the context menu.



EXAMPLE: "Restore previous versions" context menu and "Previous Versions" tab on Properties page

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add "Restore previous versions" context menu and "Previous Versions" tab on Properties page

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Previous_Versions_to_Properties_and_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Add to context menu
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]


; Add to Properties page
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]


; To clear any policies
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"NoPreviousVersionsPage"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"NoPreviousVersionsPage"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\PreviousVersions]
"DisableLocalPage"=-

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"NoPreviousVersionsPage"=-

3 Remove "Restore previous versions" context menu and "Previous Versions" tab on Properties page

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Previous_Versions_from_Properties_and_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Remove from context menu
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]


; Remove from Properties page
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]


; To clear any policies
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"NoPreviousVersionsPage"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"NoPreviousVersionsPage"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\PreviousVersions]
"DisableLocalPage"=-

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"NoPreviousVersionsPage"=-

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\PreviousVersions]
"DisableLocalPage"=-

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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