In Windows 11 or 10, how do I Remove the “Restore previous versions” Context Menu?

In Windows 10, the “Restore previous versions” option is always available on the context menu. File Explorer provides the opportunity to “Restore previous versions” when right-clicking a folder or file. In Windows 11, you can restore previous versions of files or folders by right-clicking on them and selecting “Show more options” in the context menu. Using File History or System Restore Points, you can recover old versions of files and folders you have backed up.

If you do not use File History or system restore on your PC, you will not have old versions of your folders and files, so the “Restore previous versions” option will be useless.

This growupwindows article shows you how to hide the “Restore previous versions” option from File Explorer’s context menu in Windows 11 and 10.

In Windows 11 or 10, how can you hide the “Restore previous versions” context menu?

By tweaking the registry, you can remove the “Restore previous versions” context menu item in Windows 11/10.

You can hide or unhide the “Restore previous versions” context menu option in Windows 11 or 10 by following these steps:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor first.

Step 2. In the Registry Editor window, locate the following key:-

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

Step 3. Next, select New > Key by right-clicking on the Shell Extensions folder.

Step 4. Assign the new key the name Blocked.

Step 5. Select New > String Value from the menu after right-clicking on Blocked key.

Step 6. The newly created String Value should be named as follows:-

{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}

Step 7. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.

That’s it. File Explorer’s context menu no longer offers the option to restore previous versions.

In the future, you can restore the “Restore previous versions” option by navigating 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 in the pop-up menu.

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