System Restore helps you restore your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time. It’s a way to undo system changes to your computer without affecting your personal files, such as e‑mail, documents, or photos. It uses a Windows built-in feature called System Protection to regularly create and save Restore Point on your computer so that it can be easily rolled back when needed. However, Windows 7 doesn’t provide you a way to explore what’s being saved inside every single restore point.
System Restore Explorer is a FREE tool that fills right in the gap providing a mounting way to explorer what’s in the every single Restore Point. When launched, it lists all Restore Points found in the system. You can then mount every single one to shortcut folder so that you can browse its content in the Windows Explorer, and copy or paste any of the files inside Restore Point when needed.
When mounting a certain Restore Point, the tool creates a shortcut of this particular data and opens it directly in Windows Explorer. Noticed that the name of the shortcut in the address bar from the following screenshot?
Later on when finished, you can unmount the Restore Point, or close the program and delete the shortcut in the C: drive.
System Restore Explorer is a Free tool that was developed in .net Frameworks with an 3rd party AlphaVSS .net library access the Volumn Shadow Copy Service. It works on Windows systems that support Volume Shadow Copy service. And you can download the tool right here (direct download link).
Since you can natively browse volume shadow copies on a particular file or folder, you probably don’t need this tool if you know where to look the files you intent to restore. However, System Restore Explorer is still a useful tool that shows the whole picture of what’s in the Restore Point.