How to Remove “Restore previous versions” Context Menu on Windows 11 or 10?

In Windows 10, the “Restore previous versions” option is always visible in the context menu of a file or folder. When you right-click a folder or a file in File Explorer, the context menu includes the option “Restore previous versions.” On a Windows 11 PC, right-click on a file or folder and choose “Show more options” from the context menu. The “Restore previous versions” option will appear in the classic context menu. This option allows you to restore previous versions of your files and folders that you backed up using File History or System Restore Points.

However, suppose you do not use File History or system restore on your PC. In that case, there will be no old variants of your folders and files available, making the “Restore previous versions” option ineffective.

This risewindows article will show you how to remove the “Restore previous versions” option from the File Explorer context menu in Windows 11 and 10.

How to Hide “Restore previous versions” Context Menu in Windows 11 or 10?

If you no longer require the “Restore previous versions” context menu item in Windows 10, you can disable it by editing the registry.

In Windows 10, use the following steps to hide or show the “Restore previous versions” context menu option:

Step 1. First of all, Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, navigate to the following key on the left side of the Registry Editor window:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions

Step 3. Right-click on the “Shell Extensions” folder and pick New > Key.

Step 4. Then, Name the newly created key as Blocked.

Step 5. Now, right-click on the Blocked key and select New > String Value.

Step 6. After that, Name the newly created String Value as follows:


Step 7. Finally, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

That s it. The “Restore previous versions” option is removed from File Explorer’s context menu in Windows 11/10. 

If you want to restore the “Restore previous versions” option again, navigate to the following registry key:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked

Then, right-click on the “{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}” string and select the Delete option  from the meThat’sat’s all

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