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Windows.old Restore: How to Restore Files from Windows.old Folder

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 by Abby Haines to Data Recovery


This page tells you how to restore files from Windows.old folder and how to recover deleted or lost data without Windows.old folder using EaseUS file recovery software in just 3 steps.

Can I Recover Program Files from Windows.old Folder?

"I decided to reinstall Windows 10 after a sudden crash of My PC. And all of my files are in the windows.old folder and they are still taking up space without me being able to access them. For example, my games on steam are showing up in the folder but I cannot launch them from steam. I was just wondering if there is a way to restore files from Windows.old folder so that everything is the way it was before I reinstalled windows."

The windows.old folder which contains all the files from your previous installation is created when you upgrade, reset, refresh, or reinstall Windows without formatting. Usually, we don't recommend you to remove the folder from the computer because it is quite helpful if you want to get some files back later. Next, we will show you how to manually or automatically retrieve files from Windows.old folder. 

Note: You can try to restore Windows.old folder with special recovery software if you deleted it by mistake. 

Easy Steps to Restore Files from Windows.old Folder

Manually  Windows.old Restore

1. Open up the Computer panel and go to the system partition.
2. Double-tap or double-click the Windows.old folder.
3. Double-tap or double-click the Users folder.
4. Double-tap or double-click your user name.
5. Open the folders that contain the files you want to retrieve.
6. Copy and paste the files that you want from each folder to a folder in Windows 10.
7. Repeat steps 3-5 for each user account on your PC.

Automatically Windows.old Restore

Even you can manually retrieve files from the Windows.old folder by navigating to C:\Windows.old\Users\username folder and cut-pasting the Documents, Pictures, etc folders into your desired location, it is a little bit complicated. Here is an easier way: run the recover personal files troubleshooter to automatically retrieve your files from the Windows.old folder and copy them back to their original location. 

The Most Effective Way: Recover Deleted or Lost Data without Windows.old Folder

Sometimes, you might get some important files lost due to accidental deletion, disk formatting, virus attack, software crash, partition loss, raw error, etc without Windows.old folder. When it happens, how will you get back your lost data? Actually, it is not so difficult as you have expected as long as you find a powerful data recovery software.

Here you can try EaseUS file recovery software. It is a popular recovery software that can deal with all data loss situations to effectively retrieve lost files from hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, digital camera and many other storage devices. The data recovery process just takes 3 simple steps

Step1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select disk partition or storage location where you lost files and click "Scan".

Step2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan to find lost Windows.old files;
After the quick scan, a deep scan will automatically start to find more files;

Step3. Preview and restore lost files;
You can preview found data by file types, select found files and click "Recover" to save them to another safe spot in PC/storage device.

If you have any problems, you can watch this video for more help!