Recover Lost/Disappeared Desktop Files after Windows 10 Update

Tracy King updated on Oct 24, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Windows 10 update deletes your desktop files? Important desktop files or apps disappeared after Windows 10 update? Effective methods are available here to guide you recover lost desktop files due to Windows update without any obstacles.

Problem: desktop files and apps disappeared after Windows 10 upgrade

"Hi, do you have the same problem that the desktop files and some apps disappeared after Windows 10 update? I'm having this problem. Some files and folders stored on the desktop of my PC disappeared after Windows 10 upgrade. I don't know where to find them, and do you have any solutions to recover or find the lost files?

According to Microsoft and a large number of Windows users, it has been confirmed that Windows update indeed would delete or remover some files or apps in system drive or desktop. So how to fix this issue? The best way to avoid similar error from happening again is to create backups for desktop files and important data in PC before updating to Windows 10. If you don't have backups when such a problem occurs to you, what will you do? How will you restore lost desktop files? Don't let these questions bother you anymore. Here below we have effective methods for you to directly fix the desktop files and folders disappeared after Windows 10 update issue without any problems. Let's see now!

Method 1. Directly recover lost desktop files from desktop

Sometimes, due to Windows 10 bug, desktop files may disappear after updating to Windows 10. And here below you may try to follow and get lost desktop files back:

  • Right-click black area on Desktop > Select View > Click Auto-arrange.

Then all files and folders disappeared on the desktop will come back. Here below there is another way that also may work to help you directly recover files on the desktop:

  • Right-click on Desktop > Choose View > Click Show desktop icons.

With this, disappeared desktop apps will be restored and you can reuse them again.
If you've tried both two methods but no files, folders nor apps are found, then you may need to refer to other more powerful data recovery software to fix this issue. 

Method 2. Recover lost/disappeared desktop files with data recovery software

Easy-to-use and effective data recovery software shall be the most ideal tool for you to recover disappeared or lost desktop files in PC due to Windows system upgrade. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a professional data recovery software which allows you to recover any lost files, apps or folders in Windows PC or storage devices under complex situations. You may also apply this software to perform USB recovery, hard drive recovery, external hard drive recovery etc jobs with simple clicks.

Feel free to download this software and let it help you recover and find lost or disappeared desktop files due to Windows 10 update now:

Step 1. Run folder recovery software.

  • Launch EaseUS folder recovery software on your PC.
  • Connect the device to your computer if the lost folder is saved on an external storage device.
  • Click "Specify a location" to choose the exact location where you lost the folder.
  • Click "Scan" to begin scanning lost folder with files.
Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find lost folder.

  • You can use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name.
  • Or you can check and find them from "Deleted Files", "Drive (with your device name)".
Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover the lost folder.

Last, select the folder and choose to save it to a new & secure spot on your PC by clicking "Recover".

Restore lost folder data.

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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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