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

Abby Haines updated on Jun 27, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Here are three ways to get back the Windows.old folder. You can manually or automatically recover the folder. Or restore files from Windows.old folder using EaseUS file recovery software in just three steps.

Can I Recover 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. 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."

After upgrading an old version of Windows to another, you have a Windows.old folder automatically created on your computer. It is a folder that contains all of the operating system files and personal data files of your previous version. If you do not like the new Windows version, you can restore from Windows.old folder. Usually, we don't recommend you to remove this folder because it is quite helpful if you want to get some files back.

If you lost the Windows.old files, 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. 

Method 1. Manually Windows.old Restore (Easy Steps)

Step 1: Open up the Computer panel and go to the system partition.

Step 2: Double-tap or double-click the "Windows.old folder > Users folder > your username".

Open the folders that contain the files you want to retrieve.

Step 3: Copy and paste the files that you want from each folder to a folder in Windows 10.

Repeat step 2 for each user account on your PC.

Method 2. 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. 

Method 3. 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 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

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

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you lost data, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files.

Wait until the scanning completes. If you need to double-click the item to preview the file, then select the data you attempt to recover.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

Click "Recover", choose a location to save the recovered data, then click "OK". You should store the data in another place instead of the original one.

Recover lost data

Extra Tip: Downgrade to the Previous Version

As mentioned above, you can downgrade from the new version to the older one with the Windows.old folder. Go to "Settings > Update & Security > Recovery", you’ll see a "Get Started" button under "Go back to Windows 7/8.1/10.

Click it and Windows will restore your old Windows operating system from the Windows.old folder.

downgrade to the previous version

 
 

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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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