Are you encountering the issue of there are no previous versions available in Windows 10/11? Do you feel confused? If yes, do not worry. This post put forwards several proven methods to help you get rid of this issue. In addition, you can restore your files using MiniTool data recovery software .

After deleting or losing files/folders, you can use the feature of “ Restore Previous Versions ” to recover your data. However, when you try to restore your files/folders to the previous versions, you may be troubled by the “ there are no previous versions available ” error message. Here you can see a true example from the Microsoft forum:

I have been using the "restore previous versions" of Word occasionally before the Windows 10 upgrade. I accidentally overwrote and saved over a version of a document that I wanted to save.  Now, when I want to use that capability, it searches for a previous version but tells me there are no previous versions available.

there are no previous versions available

In general, there are two reasons for the prompt "there are no previous versions available". One is that File History is not enabled because the "Restore previous versions" function is only valid when you have backed up your data using the File History for data backup. The second reason is that your Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is disabled.

If you cannot restore your files from a previous version, how to recover them? MiniTool Software introduces a tool to help you get your lost or deleted data back.

How to Restore Files/Folders From a Previous Version
How to Restore Files/Folders From a Previous Version

This post shows you how to restore files/folders from a previous version and some alternative ways to recover lost files and folders.

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Part 1. Recover Data Using Data Recovery Software

When you cannot restore your files or folders by restoring from a previous version, you can try using professional data recovery software to retrieve lost data.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is recommended here. It is a reliable, easy-to-use, and free file recovery tool that supports recovering deleted files from PC , HDD, SSD, USB drive, memory card, and more file storage devices in Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Server.

Tip: For quick data recovery, MiniTool Power Data Recovery supports scanning the desktop, Recycle Bin, and specific folders individually.

What’s more, MiniTool Power Data Recovery provides a free edition (free to scan and display scan results, allowing 1 GB data recovery) to check if it can help you find the files you need. If yes, you can upgrade to a full edition to recover more data.

Here you can see the detailed steps to recover your files using this software.

Step 1. Download, install, and launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery to get its home page.

Free Download

Step 2. Now you come to the This PC page by default. You can click the gear icon to enter the Scan Settings interface and specify the desired file types and file systems . Then click OK to save your settings.

set up the scan settings

Step 3. Under the Logical Drives section, select the target drive which contains your lost files and click Scan .

scan the target partition

It is suggested to wait for the process to complete (for the best scan result). After scanning, to find the files you want faster, you can filter found files by file type, file size, file category, and date modified. And you can preview them to check whether they are the needed ones.

filter found files

Step 4. Select all wanted files, then click Save to store them in a safe place separate from the original path.

save all needed files

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Part 2. Fix There Are No Previous Versions Available in Windows 11/10

Solution 1. Enable File History

As mentioned earlier, the error “there are no previous versions available” usually appears when you have not turned on File History.

To fix that error, you need to enable File History to make a backup of your files using File History first. Then you can use the function of “Restore previous versions” to get your files or folders back.

Tip: When you enable the File History after data loss, the lost data cannot be recovered through the File History. Previous versions will be available next time after turning on File History.