How to Stop Windows 10 from Deleting Files without Asking

Tracy King updated on Jan 03, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Are you trying to find a way to stop Windows 10 from deleting files on your computer after the system upgrade? Does Windows 10 Defender remove your downloaded files from PC without confirmation? Here on this page, you’ll find useful methods to restore deleted files on Windows 10 and stop Windows 10 from deleting files without asking by simple clicks.

Here in the below, you’ll find reliable solutions to restore deleted files removed by Windows 10 without asking and stop Windows 10 from deleting files on your PC with simple clicks:

Part 1. Restore Files Removed by Windows 10 without Asking
Part 2. Fix and Stop Windows 10 from Deleting Files without Asking Error
Method 1. Stop Windows Defender from Deleting Files Automatically
Method 2. Uninstall Faulty Updates that Delete Files on Windows 10

Windows 10 deletes files without asking for confirmation, how to fix?

"Hi, does anyone know how to stop Windows 10 from deleting files? I’m having this issue that my computer likes deleting or removing files without asking me for confirmation. 
The system especially likes to delete the latest downloaded files on the computer. So how can I stop the Windows computer deleting files and restore the removed data?

Are you having this issue that your files and data gets deleted by Windows 10? Is your Windows 10 Defender removing your files or downloaded software/programs on the computer without asking you for confirmation? If your files get deleted automatically after Windows 10 update, don’t worry.

Note: If you've got important files deleted by Windows 10, please refer to Part 1 and restore those lost files first. And then You can follow Part 2 with provided methods to stop Windows 10 from deleting your files without asking for confirmation again.

Part 1. Restore Files Removed by Windows 10 without Asking

If your important files got removed or deleted by Windows 10 or even Windows 8/7, don’t worry. The best file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can simply get your lost files back by simple clicks.
You may download and install this software on your PC and follow the next steps to restore the removed files deleted by Windows 10 without asking now:

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard recovers deleted files and folders on your computer/laptop hard drive, externally connected USB flash drive or micro SD card by scanning all over its storage unit, and the overall process of searching for and finding the deleted items is done as follows.

Step 1. Specify a location: is it a local hard drive disk or a removable storage device from which the files were deleted? Choose the exact file location and then click the Scan button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the entire storage device: it's a critical step for EaseUS file recovery software to search for lost data as much as possible. Soon you should see a quick scan result called "Deleted files" appears. That's where all deleted files and folders were kept.

scan deleted files

Step 3. Preview files and recover: in the "Deleted files", find the wanted files by following its file paths. Or, you can use the "Filter" feature to locate the abandoned files quickly. Double-click the data allows you to preview its entirety.

At last, choose all target files and click the "Recover" button to save them to a secure location or device. Click "OK" to complete the process.

select files and click recover

Never forget to check all the scan results in each tab for deleted files. The "Extra Files" part is very hopeful for the recovery of files that have lost names and file paths after deletion.

Part 2. Fix Windows 10 Automatically Delete Files Error

After getting all your lost files deleted by Windows system, you can now follow provided solutions here to stop Windows 10 from deleting files without asking for confirmation error now. 

Method 1. Stop Windows Defender from Deleting Files Automatically

1. Open Windows Defender > Click on Virus & threat protection.

Stop Windows Defender deleting files in Windows 10.

2. Scroll down and click Virus & threat protection settings.

Set Defender to stop deleting files.

3. Scroll down to Exclusions and click Add or remove exclusions.

4. Click + plus icon to add an exclusion and select File, Folder, File Type or Process, then specify the exact files, folders or even file types that you don’t want to get them deleted or removed by Windows Defender.

Stop Windows Defender deleting files on Windows 10.

5. Save all changes.
If you don’t want Windows Defender to remove the .dll files, click File Types and type in the .dll file extension, click Add.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

After this, those files that you’ve set to be excluded won’t be removed or deleted again. 

Method 2. Uninstall Faulty Updates that Delete Files on Windows 10

As we all know that sometimes newly installed Windows system would remove or delete files on the computer without asking you for permission. It seems that if you’ve installed an incompatible or faulty Windows 10 update, it will remove or delete your files on PC. SO the most straight-forward way is to uninstall the faulty updates that remove files on your Windows 10 computer.
Here are the detailed steps about how to uninstall faulty updates:

Step 1. Press Windows + X keys and select Control Panel.

Uninstall faulty update that deletes files on Windows 10.

Step 2. Click Programs and Features and select View Installed Updates.

Stop Windows 10 deleting files without asking.

Find faulty update that removed files on Windows 10.

Step 3. Click Installed On column header to sort the updates by dates.
Step 4. Locate and right-click on the large sized, major updates that you’ve recently downloaded, and select Uninstall.

Uninstall faulty update that removes files on Windows 10 PC.

Step 5. When the uninstall process completes, reboot your PC.

PS: If you want to install the latest Windows 10 update, please refer to Microsoft Windows 10 update official website to download Windows 10 ISO and install it on your PC then.


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