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How to Recover Lost Files After System Restore Windows 7

How do I recover files after a System Restore in Windows 7? EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can help recover lost files after System Restore in Windows 7 with advanced data recovery solutions.

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User Query: 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 was lost on my computer.  A lot of confidential files were saved on the computer's 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

Some professional data restoring service centers can offer professional services for inexperienced users who lost their data 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 perform 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 be very careful while undoing System Restore to restore all lost files fully.

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 the 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

The most effective way to restore lost files after a system restore is to apply the world-famous EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This ultimate file recovery software can:

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  • Recover deleted files in Windows 7 due to any causes, including emptying Recycle Bin, hard drive formatting, SD card corruption, system crash, etc.
  • Restore lost files from HDD, SSD, SD card, USB, external hard drive, and other storage media
  • Repair corrupted files after data recovery 
  • Compatible with Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7

Now, download EaseUS data recovery software to get back lost data due to system restore on Windows 7.  

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If your lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

select a location to scan

Step 2. The software will quickly scan the deleted files immediately, and then automatically perform a deep scan to find more lost files. After the scan is completed, you can use "Filter" to quickly filter specific file types.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Click the "Preview" button or double-click on a file for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and choose another safe location to save all the files at once.

Recover lost data

Useful Tips: Avoid File Loss Due to System Restore

After restoring lost files, you may want to know why System Restore removes your personal files and even apps. First, you should understand that System Restore differs 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 a Windows PC.

  • System Restore doesn't save copies of your personal files or 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. 

To prevent data loss from System Restore, you can create a full backup of your Windows system and essential data beforehand. Free backup software like EaseUS Todo Backup Free will be helpful for different file backup needs. 

The Bottom Line

With the introduced methods - undoing System Restore and EaseUS data recovery software on this page, you can easily restore lost files after System Restore in Windows 7. If you have other data loss issues caused by disk formatting, OS corrupting, virus attack, or RAW hard drive, turn to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and perform immediate data recovery. 

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Recover Files After System Restore on Windows 7 FAQs

Get more info on System Restore and data recovery on Windows 7. 

How do I recover files after a System Restore in Windows 7?

If you've created a restore point for the System Restore, you can use it to restore lost files to a previous version:

  • Right-click the folder or drive where the lost files are after System Restore.
  • Click Properties and choose Previous Versions.
  • Select the version you want to recover.
  • Click Restore to recover your lost files to an earlier version.

Can I get my files back after System Restore?

You can get lost files backup after System Restore in Windows 7, Windows 10, or Windows 11:

  • Download and run EaseUS data recovery software.
  • Scan your computer for lost files.
  • Preview and restore the files you want. 

Why have I lost all my System Restore points?

System Restore points disappeared, or System Restore points missing problem arose when you turned off the System Restore feature. Once the utility is disabled, the System Restore points will be removed. 

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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