Previous versions of files: frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some common questions about previous versions of files and folders. What are previous versions? How are previous versions created? How do I view or restore previous versions of a file and folder? How is restoring previous versions from restore points different from restoring previous versions from a backup? Why can't I find previous versions of some files? Can I restore a file or folder that was deleted or renamed?

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Restore previous versions error
After reading the latest newsletter, I tried using Restore Previous Version. There were no previous versions installed and the "Restore System settings and previous versions" box was grayed out.

I clicked on the restore previous versions box and then got the error message "The file name, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect. (0X8007007B) Pleaseclose the property page and try again."

This made me think of my difficulty in installing the latest Windows 7 update, in which I got a similar error message.