Recover Files After System Restore Windows 7

Tracy King updated on Jan 16, 2020 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


When you perform System Restore in Windows 7 without backups, losing personal files and even apps are unavoidable. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and another effective method will assist you in recovering lost files after System Restore in Windows 7 in a few simple steps.

The provided methods on this page can be applied to recover lost files after System Restore in Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 and even older Windows OS as well.

Lost Files after Windows 7 System Restore

"I recently performed System Restore of Windows 7 on my computer as it worked slower and slower. And I forgot to back up files before the System Restore and all my data lost on my computer.  A lot of confidential files were saved on the computer hard drive.

Please help me if you happen to know a way that can recover files after System Restore in Windows 7. Thank you."

Lost files after System Restore in Windows 7.

Some of you may have experienced a similar problem - losing data and files after performing System Restore in Windows 7, 8 and even Windows 10. What should you do to restore lost files after System Restore on your computer? Don't save new files on your PC and take immediate actions, you'll still have a chance to restore your lost files.

How to Recover Files after System Restore in Windows 7

There exist some professional data restoring service centers which can offer professional services for inexperienced users who got their data lost due to system restore. It's usually costly and time-consuming. Here we have gathered two effective ways to help you recover files after System Restore in Windows 7 or Windows 10/8. 

Method 1. Undo System Restore in Windows 7

When you performed System Restore on a Windows PC, it also allows you to undo the changes. The key point is that you must be familiar with Windows 7 system operations and you should also be very careful while undoing System Restore to fully restore all lost files.

  • Step 1: Click Start and type System Restore in the search box.
  • And click "System Restore" on the result list.
  • Step 2: Click "Undo my last restoration" on System Restore window and click "Next".
  • Step 3: Then click "Finish" to undo the System Restore on Windows 7.

If you are a Windows 10 or Windows 8 user, refer to this link for help: Undo System Restore in Windows 10/8/7

Method 2. Recover Lost Files after System Restore with EaseUS data recovery software

If you need to work with a computer every day, it's highly recommended for you to select a professional data recovery software to get back your lost files immediately. As long as the old restore point takes smaller space than the previous C drive occupied space, you'll still have a chance to restore partial data.

EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard can resolve complex data troubles on computers or other storage devices in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. 

Step 1. Select a partition. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and you can view all of the drives. Select the target partition and click the "Scan" button to start.

select the wanted place to scan

Step 2. Scan the partition. Once you click the "Scan" button, the process begins immediately. The time required varies, mainly depending on file size and disk health.

let the software scan the data

Step 3. Recover the lost data. Before recovery, you can right-click the object file, and choose to preview first. Then, click the "Recover" button as long as you have selected the wanted files. You need to save the recovered files to another safe place to avoid data overwriting.

recover data from your computer

After restoring lost files, you may want to know why does System Restore remove your personal files and even apps. Read on and you'll find the right answer and the best way to prevent a similar problem from happening again.

Back Up Data to Prevent File Loss due to System Restore

First, you should understand that System Restore is indeed different from Windows backup. System Restore is based on a previously created Windows restore point, which brings your Windows system back to a previous state before the system crashes or even stops working. However, it still affects some of your later saved files on Windows PC.

  • System Restore doesn't save copies of your personal files nor newly installed apps and programs.
  • Although it's claimed that System Restore will not delete or replace any of your personal files, it still overwrites your whole system partition with the restore point. 
  • Apps installed after the restore point will also be uninstalled. 

This will surely result in file loss issue in Windows 7, 8 and 10. So the best choice to prevent data loss from System Restore is to create a full backup of your Windows system and essential data in advance. Third-party free backup software like EaseUS Todo Backup Free will be able to help. 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "Disk/partition Backup".

back up data with easeus todo backup

Step 2: Choose disk partition that you want to back up. Then select a destination where you want to store the backup file.

Step 3: Click "Proceed" to start the data backup process.

The Bottom Line

With the introduced methods - undoing System Restore and EaseUS data recovery software on this page, you should be able to restore lost files after System Restore in Windows 7. If you have other more data loss issues, turn to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and perform immediate data recovery. The sooner you take actions, the more lost data you'll be able to restore.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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