Recover Files After System Restore Windows 7

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.

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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. Click Filter, you can choose to display only the file type you want.

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 to recover the selected 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. To back up an entire hard disk or simply its several partitions, the best backup plan is "Disk/Partition". Choose this backup mode and let's begin.

choose disk/partition backup mode

Step 2. On the popup window, choose the hard drive or partition(s) you're going to back up. A check symbol appears after you clicked the mouse.

choose the hard disk/partition you want to back up

Step 3. Click the "Browse..." button in the "Destination" area to choose a backup location. Here, you can choose any location that is available to you, such as the local hard disk, folders, Network drive, NAS device or Cloud storage, including GoogleDrive, DropBox and OneDrive. You can explore all the connected drive by clicking the icon in front of each directory.

choose a backup location

Step 4. Now edit your disk backup image by adding a "Plan name" and "Description" to it.

Do not forget the advanced backup plans in " Backup options", where you can compress the backup image, encrypt the backup for privacy protection and even enable a sector by sector backup.

choose disk/partition advanced backup options

At the same time, you can turn on the "Schedule" in order to create a hard disk/partition backup on a regular basis like daily, weekly, monthly or upon an event according to the schedule set on your own. 

set a disk/partition backup schedule

And the "Image-reserve strategy" lets you manage the increasingly growing backup images economically, you can preserve the backups in a setup time or quantity.

set a disk/partition backup image-reserve strategy

Step 5. Not all the customizable hard disk/partition backup solutions are necessary but try to make full use of the necessary ones. Finally, click "Proceed" to start at once.

For safety, disconnect the physical storage device you used as a backup drive after the backup process is over.

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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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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