Lightroom: Need to back one history step on multiple images

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This is the worst. 

Classic stupid mistake: managed to reset a whole bunch of images that had been adjusted. And did it a while back without noticing it, so it's not easy to "undo".

All that I need to do is select this whole batch of images and walk them each back one history state. The adjustments are all still there. 

But since there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do do this to a batch of images, my only option seems to be to do it manually, image by image. So hitting the right arrow and a mouse click. Over and over again. For 3,200+ images. 

Argh.

I did a search and folks have run into this on occasion for years. There's an SQL script to mess with the catalog itself, but that's from LR3, and I'd rather not break my catalog. 

This should be an easy feature...
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Do you have an older backup catalog containing the photos? That's what versioned backups are there for.
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PS thanks for the speedy reply. Grateful for your participation in the conversation.
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Oh, how I wish. But I'd lose some other useful stuff. My catalog's got over a million pics in it and is somewhat unwieldy to back up often and so hadn't been done in a week since before this other work was done...

So for now, I'll just keep singing Cher's "If I could turn back time.."
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It's only a question of whether you've done other important stuff to these specific photos, as you could use Import From Another Catalog to pull a specific folder (this one) in from your backup catalog.
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Might be something one of the LR scripting guys in the community could cook up to try and automate it. But that might be dangerous, too, if there are unknown variables/conditions.
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I just did the same thing you did a year ago in Lightroom. I feel your pain. I tried to select all photos and go back one step in history but it only did it for one image. Is there a way now?
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Still no way to do this in general.  See the previous suggestions from Victoria Bampton in this topic for things that might help.