by ShadowExplorer

Lets you look at automatically saved copies of your work on certain Windows systems.

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: ShadowExplorer

Release: ShadowExplorer 0.9

Antivirus check: passed

Last revision: Last week

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ShadowExplorer lets you find and take advantage of shadow copies that are automatically saved by versions of Windows Vista. At times, all versions of Vista 7 / 8 / 10 make a shadow copy while you work. You can only gain access to these if you have the Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise editions. By using ShadowExplorer, you can take advantage of these copies on any system. 

Obviously, this makes ShadowExplorer an excellent tool for backing up projects. Especially if you are one of those persons like me who get inflow on something and can go for an hour without saving anything. If your service provider is anything like mine, work can be bound to disappear at any time.  This software has reviews of being quick. The operation has a smooth, intuitive flow and, of course, comes with all the support you would get with any windows product. It is especially easy to install and troubleshoot since it was made by the same people who make the operating systems that run it.


This tool is better because it works along with files that are already kept in your storage. You just need to turn on something that windows already provides.
  • Shows available folders and copies in time format.
  • Retrieve older versions of files and folders.
  • Uses information already formatted for Windows.
  • Browse all shadow copies.
  • Works on 32 and 64 bit systems.

Another great feature is the ability to go back through a series of changes and find exactly where something was done or needed to be changed. The search can be formatted in enough ways to make it easy for any style or the task at hand.

Please remember that, although these files and folders will be backed up automatically now, this should IN NO WAY be considered a complete substitute for standard emergency backup procedures! Shadow copies will be kept on the same disc as the material you are working on. If something happens to damage a drive or the disc becomes inaccessible, all your work can still be lost. ShadowExplorer is a great tool when used properly, but I can not stress enough that work should be saved to another location as well, at important times.

Sylvia Man
This product has been very useful in my line of work. I am an editor for a city run newspaper and have lost my work many times on the computer. This is just an extra reassurance and it's been great so far!
This tool is quite handy to quickly and easily view old windows backups, and I quite like it because it's both free and uses the system built right into windows to store the files rather using a built-in backing up system.
I feel that this company is very honest in stating that it should not be used as the standard backup procedure for computer files but as a secondary backup if the first one fails. I also feel that this product reassures me that I will not lose my files even if my original back up system fails and I feel very confident in when they state that because others have proven it to be true!
Dylan Hogan
super easy to navigate. not that much going on. big green button which is very visible and compliemnts the color and font layout of the website.
Allows me as a home user to access shadow copies of my old windows vista files. This is great for data recovery. Fully worth learning how to use it. I have recovered some important data with this program.
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