How can I recover a deleted file?

Recover lost or deleted files

If you can't find a file, or you accidentally changed or deleted a file, you can get it from a backup (if you are using Windows Backup) or from a previous version restore. Previous versions are copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point. Previous versions are sometimes used as well Shadow copies called.

Restoring files from a backup

To restore a file from a backup, make sure that the media or drive where the backup is stored is available, and then do the following:

How to restore files from backup

  1. Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button select Control Panel choose,System and maintenanceSelect and then Save and select Restore.

  2. Choose Restore your own files and then complete the steps in the wizard.

Restoring files from previous versions

Recover deleted files and folders, or restore a file or folder to an earlier state.

How to Recover Deleted Files or Folders

  1. Open computer by clicking the Start button and then Select computer.

  2. Navigate to the folder that contained the file or folder, right-click it, then select Restore Previous Versions. If the folder was at the top level of a drive, e.g. For example, click on “C: \”, right-click the drive, and then select Restore previous versions out.

    A list of the previous versions of the file or folder available is displayed. This list contains the files saved during a backup (if Windows Backup was used to back up the files) and restore points, if both types are available.

Note:To revert to a previous version of a file or folder in a library, right-click the file or folder in the location other than the library. For example, if you want to restore a previous version of a picture that is in the Pictures Library but saved in the My Pictures folder, right-click the My Pictures folder and select Restore Previous Versions.


Some previous versions of files

  1. Double-click a previous version of the folder that contains the file or folder that you want to restore. (For example, if a file was deleted today, select a version of yesterday's folder to contain the file.)

  2. Drag the file or folder that you want to restore to another location, such as: B. your desktop or another folder.

    The version of the file or folder is saved in the selected location.

Tip:If you forget the exact file or folder name, or where it is saved, you can type part of the name in the search box in the document library to find it.

How to restore a file or folder to an earlier state

  1. Right-click the file or folder, then select Restore previous versions out.

    A list of the previous versions of the file or folder available is displayed. This list contains the files saved during a backup (if Windows Backup was used to back up the files) and restore points, if both types are available.

    The tabPrevious versions with some previous versions of files

  2. Before restoring a previous version of a file or folder, select the previous version, and then click to opento make sure it is the version you want.

    Note:Previous versions of files created with Windows Backup cannot be opened or copied. However, they can be restored.

  3. To revert to a previous version, select the previous version, and then select Restore out.

Warning:The file or folder replaces the current version on your computer and the replacement is irreversible.

Note:If the Restore button is not available, you will not be able to restore a previous version of the file or folder to its original location. You may be able to open or save this in a different location.