How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10

How to recover deleted files Windows 10? EaseUS data recovery software enables you to restore deleted files, even permanently lost files with ease. You can also choose Windows built-in file recovery tools to recover deleted files in Windows 10 according to different data loss situations.

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"How do I recover deleted files Windows 10"? Are you bringing along the same question while reaching this page? Glad you're here.

Deleting wrong files using the Delete, Shift + Delete, or other ways is one of the most common data loss causes. Here we gathered effective and efficient data recovery solutions to help you recover permanently deleted files Windows 10.

If you've created a backup in advance, you can restore files from your local or cloud backup. If there is no backup available, you can restore deleted files in Windows 10 with the ways below.

Recover Deleted Files in Windows 10 from Recycle Bin

If you delete a file by hitting the Delete button on your keyboard or simply drag it to the Recycle Bin, then steps to undelete files in Windows 10 are easy.

Step 1. Open the Recycle Bin and find deleted files by name, file type, or even time.

Step 2. Select those deleted files and right-click them. 

Step 3. Click Restore to recover deleted files in Windows 10

This method only works if you haven't emptied the Recycle Bin or when you delete files in normal ways. Once you execute a permanent deletion like using the "Shift+Delete" keys or emptying the Recycle Bin, the following methods can help you recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10. 

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files Windows 10 with Data Recovery Software

How to recover deleted files in Windows 10 after emptying Recycle Bin? We put Windows 10 data recovery software first. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, the top-notch and reputable file recovery tool, can restore lost files and permanently deleted files at a very high recovery rate. 

It can restore deleted files in Windows 10 with a clear-designed interface for all levels of people. No backup or previous versions required.

EaseUS File Recovery Windows 10 

  • Recover lost or deleted files, documents, photos, videos, audio, music, and emails effectively
  • Recover files from formatted hard drive, emptied recycle bin, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders
  • Support data recovery for accident deletion, formatting, inaccessible drives, virus attack, system crash under different situations

Free download EaseUS files recovery software and follow the below steps to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the Recycle Bin, device, or a drive, then click the "Scan" button to start looking for deleted files on Windows 10.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. When the scan completes, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" button to quickly find the deleted files.

scan permanently deleted files

Step 3. Preview the files you want to recover. Click the "Recover" button to restore deleted files in Windows 10.

recover deleted files on Windows 10

Suppose you still have any doubts about how to use this EaseUS data recovery program. In that case, you can watch this video tutorial that gives more detailed instructions to undelete files.

Time is a key point to recover lost data successfully. Data recovery software quickly scans everywhere of your hard drive to locate lost data and recover them in time, avoiding further damage or wrong operation. Just try the EaseUS data recovery program, and you will find the data recovery software easy but effective.

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Restore Deleted Files Windows 10 Using Windows File Recovery

Windows File Recovery, developed by Microsoft, is a free data recovery tool, but only available for Windows 10 May 2020 Update (Windows 10 2004) or later versions. Moreover, it is a command-line app, unlike what we usually know. We do not suggest people with little IT techniques use this program for recovering deleted files.

As for Windows File Recovery, there are a couple of conditions you should know:

  • First, update your PC to the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (Windows 10 2004) or later versions
  • Prepare two drives to recover deleted files. If your PC has only one drive, you can plug in a USB drive and use that as the destination.
  • You need to know the exact location where you delete your files.

How to use Windows File Recovery to restore deleted files in Windows 10

Step 1. Go to Microsoft Store and download the Windows File Recovery tool. Then, run Windows 10 File Recovery from the Start menu shortcut.

Step 2. Next, use the right syntax as displayed on the command prompt window to undelete files.

recover deleted files Windows 10

Solution source: from Microsoft official website

The basic command line is:

winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/switches].

For example:

winfr C: D: /n \Users\Documents\test.docx

The command line means to recover a deleted Word document named test once stored on the C drive and save the recovered file on your D drive.

Step 3. Then follow the on-screen instructions to finishing restoring deleted files on Windows 10.  

Different file type recovery has different commands, which makes it hard for most PC users. Besides, Windows File Recovery may not help complex data loss cases, such as formatting, partition loss, system errors, virus.

Then, how to recover permanently deleted files easily in these complicated data loss situations? Don't fret, use the EaseUS Windows 10 undelete software demonstrated in the above solution. 

Recover Deleted Files Windows 10 from File Backup or Previous Version

These two solutions only work when you set up a backup or open the File History function before the data loss happens. If there is no backup available, you still need data recovery software to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10.

1. Utilize Windows File Backup to Restore Permanently Deleted Files

Go to check your recent backups and follow steps to get deleted files back from a Windows backup:

Step 1. Open "Control Panel", go to "System and Maintenance".

recover deleted files from Windows 10 using file backup

Step 2. Select "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)". Click "Restore my files" > "Browse for files" or "Browse for folders" to select the previously created backup.

restore files from windows backup

Step 3. Customize a path to save your files. 

If there's a conflict, choose "Copy and Replace", "Don't copy" or "Copy, but keep both files" according to your needs. Then, wait for the restoring process to complete.

2. Recover Deleted Files in Windows 10 from Previous Versions

Also, you can recover Windows 10 files by using the previous versions. Before you try this method, you must be sure that you have set up File History to back up files automatically.

Steps to restore permanently deleted files in Windows 10 from previous files or folders:

Step 1. Look for and right-click on the folder that contained the permanently deleted files.

Step 2. Click "Restore previous versions".

restore previous versions option

Step 3. Select the wanted files and click "Restore" to retrieve deleted files in Windows 10.

restore deleted files from previous versions

If the computer warns you that it already contains a file or folder with the same name, select "Replace the file in the destination" to retrieve deleted files right now.

What's the Best Way to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10

Now, you've learned all the useful ways to restore permanently deleted files on Windows 10. What's your choice to recover deleted files in Windows 10?

Here is the comparison of the different solutions to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10 with or without software. We display their main features in the following table, so you can carefully compare and choose the most practical approach.

Comparison Recycle Bin Data Recovery Software Windows File Recovery File Backup & Previous Versions
Easy of use Easy




Deleted recovery Yes Yes Yes Yes
Permanently deleted recovery No Yes No Yes
Formatted recovery No Yes No Yes
Recycle Bin emptying recovery No Yes No Yes
Need backup  No No No Yes
Platform Windows Windows + Mac Windows  Windows 
Recovery rate Low High Low Very low 
Price Free Free or Paid Free Free

To sum it up, the most effective way to recover deleted files in Windows 10 is using EaseUS data recovery software, which can recover almost all deleted and lost data in any data loss circumstances.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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