How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows 10?

Users generally use the Delete button to remove unwanted files on a Windows system. However, if you’ve accidently deleted an important file and want to restore it, you may do so simply by going to the Recycle Bin, right-clicking on the desired document, and selecting the Restore option. But if you have used the Shift + Delete option to delete a file and realized afterwards that the file was important, then it’s a matter of concern.

When you press Shift + Delete to delete a file, Windows mark the space acquired by that file as available to be overwritten by other data. So, if you want to recover your file, avoid using the computer for any purpose unless absolutely necessary. First of all, relax and believe me that your data has quite good chances of recovery. There are several ways to recover deleted files on Windows 10. We will be describing them all in this post.

Methods to Recover Deleted Files from Windows 10 System

Here are some effective ways to recover the deleted data from a Windows 10 system: 

1. Recover Files without any Third-Party Software

This is the most complex and least user-friendly method. It involves the use of Command prompt and performing a set of specific commands. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open the ‘Start’ menu by clicking on  icon.

Step 2: Type ‘cmd’, right click on ‘Command Prompt’, and select ‘Run as Administrator’.

Step 3: Type ‘chkdsk X: /f’ and press Enter. (Replace X with the letter of the drive from which you wish to recover).  

Step 4: Type ‘Attrib –H –R –S /S /D X:*.*’ (Replace X with the letter of your drive).

Step 5: Press Enter.

The recovery process may take some time. Don’t interrupt it. Once it is completed, your files/folders would be restored at their earlier location.

2. Recover Deleted Files from File History Backup in Windows 10

File History is a feature introduced in Windows 10 in place of the Backup and Restore feature available in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. File History backs up files in the Music, Pictures, Documents, Videos, and Desktop folder by default. Once enabled, it creates a copy of files in the selected folders. Follow these steps to recover your deleted files in Windows 10. 

Step 1: Click the ‘Start’ () button and type ‘restore files’ and press ‘Enter.

Step 2: Select the folder where your deleted files were stored.

Step 3: Select the ‘restore’ button at the bottom of the window.

In case you see the below window, it means that your File History is disabled. Please enable it to back up your future work.

3. Recover Deleted Files using Restore Previous Version 

To use this feature, you have to enable it. This feature allows you to restore a previous version of all files and folders you have on your system. Here is how you can use this feature.

Step 1: Open the ‘Start’ () menu, type ‘system protection’ and press Enter.

Step 2: Select a hard drive under ‘Protection Settings’ and press ‘Configure’.

Step 3: Choose ‘Turn on System Protection’ and click ‘OK’.

Step 4: The ‘Restore Previous Versions’ feature is ready.

Step 5: To restore a file or folder, right click on it and select ‘Restore Previous Versions’ option.

Step 6: Select the version you want to restore and click the ‘Restore’ tab. 

Your deleted file/folder would be recovered on Windows 10.

4. Recover Permanently Deleted Data from Windows 10 using a Data Recovery Software

It is the most straightforward, effective, and highly secure way to recover deleted data from Windows 10 system. A reliable data recovery software, like Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition can recover 1 GB of data absolutely free of cost. 

Here is how you can use Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition to recover your valuable data.

Step 1: Download the Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition and launch it.

Step 2: Select the type of files/folders or other data that you want to recover and click ‘Next’.

Step 3: Select the folder location or drive volume from where you want to recover your data and click ‘Scan’.

Step 4: Select the files that you want to recover and click ‘Recover’.

Step 5: As this is the free version, you get a notification – ‘This FREE version will recover 1 GB of data’. If you want to recover more than 1 GB data, click ‘Upgrade Now’. Otherwise, click ‘Upgrade Later’.

Step 6: In the window that appears, select the destination to save the files and click on the ‘Start Saving’ tab.

Your valuable data would be saved at the selected destination.


It is essential to understand that no data is really lost in the world of Information Technology, until you deliberately take extreme measures of erasing it using specialized tools. This post is meant to help you recover the data that you have deleted/lost from a Windows 10 system. You can follow the methods discussed in this post to recover your deleted data. However, if the data is permanently deleted, use the Stellar Data Recovery software to recover it quickly and safely.

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