How to Recover Deleted Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

Jean updated on Jun 20, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you see "We are very sorry, but you can not go back" message when you try to roll back Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, it means that you have lost or deleted the Windows. old folder files. Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to help you recover the deleted or lost Windows. old file recovery and then go back to the previous version.

What Is Windows.old Folder? I Can't Go back Without it

"We're sorry, but you can't go back." This is the Windows 10 downgrading trouble that I've met, and I’ve tried so many times but failed. I checked on forums and was told that I might have lost or deleted the data and files in Windows. old folder. What is that? Is Windows.old file recovery possible? It seems that I can't downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 now that I haven't backed up the system before upgrading."

What is Windows.old folder? It's a file folder that houses the data and files of your previous Windows system. Users who have a system backup or those that don't expect a system rollback can delete it after a successful Windows 10 upgrade to free disk space. Besides, the Windows.old folder also can be deleted automatically after ten days since you upgraded.

But usually reverting to the old system requires the Windows.old files to be intact. Therefore, if you neither have a backup nor the Windows. old folder has been removed, going back to the old Windows version may become a little troublesome unless.

In this article, we will show you how to recover deleted Windows.old folder in Windows 10 after it is deleted or lost with a data recovery tool. 

How to Restore Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

To recover deleted Windows.old folder and roll back to the previous version, all your need is EaseUS hard drive recovery software, which enables you to restore Windows.old folder in Windows 10 due to deletion, formatting, virus attack, OS crash, etc. What's more, this program provides full recovery of files and folder structure. So have a try with detailed guides below.

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.
Now you have restored Windows.old folder with the help of the professional data recovery program. To keep your OS and files safe, you should get into the habit of making backups. If you don't want to bother with manual backups, you can resort to a Windows schedule backup software for automatic backup. 

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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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