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View a previous version of a file

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To view a previous version of a file

  1. Locate the file that you want to view a previous version of (on the network), right-click the file, and click Properties. The Properties dialog box will appear.

  2. On the Previous Versions tab, click the version you want to view and click View.


  • If the Previous Versions tab does not appear in the Properties dialog box, Shadow Copies of Shared Folders might not be enabled on the file server. Shadow copies are copies of files that are located on the server and appear as previous versions. Please contact your administrator for more information.

  • If there are no previous versions listed, the file has not changed since the oldest copy was taken.

  • Previous versions are read-only. You cannot make changes to the previous version of the file as it exists on the server.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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