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SharePoint 2010 workflow backup and restore

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I'm on on premises SP 2013 but limited to SP 2010 workflows.
I have a long complicated workflow that I'm working on.  I need to backup it periodiocally so that I can restore it to its previous configuration if the workflow becomes corrupted (which it can during designer editing on rare occasion).
I can see the workflow detailed files under all files in the workflow library but can't download these directly from Designer.
You can't view this library as a normal library with views and it has special behind the scenes handling evidently even if you make that library visible to the browser.  
Since it's not a 2013 workflow, you can't save as a template.
Does anyone have the DETAILED steps for backing up the workflow files and then restoring them over top of a more recent change if needed.  I've attempted to download the contents of the workflow files themselves and then restore them but this doesn't work as SP keeps track of the the saved copy and the published copy separately.
I' ve read the blogs - please only answer if you have actually successfully and have restored a 2010 workflow back to a previous configuration.  
I've searched on the Internet blogs and here but can't quite get it to backup and restore properly on the same list.

EDIT:
If it matters - I don't care about preserving the state of previously running copies of the workflow.  It runs within a few minutes and finishes so there's no active workflows running under normal conditions.
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