How to Recover Deleted Windows.old Folder in Windows 10

Jean updated on Oct 30, 2020 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. Then, how to Recover Deleted Windows.old Folder? 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.

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How to recover deleted Windows. old folder in Windows 10/8/7? Go through the steps quickly.

  1. 1. Install and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Scan for deleted Windows. old folder.
  2. 2. Wait for the scanning process to be done. Find and preview the Windows.old folder.
  3. 3. Recover the deleted Windows. old folder with files.

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 Recover Deleted 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 EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select location to scan lost folder.

Under the Specify a location section, click "Browse" on Select Folder to choose the location where you lost the folder and click "OK" to scan the lost folder.

Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find and preview found files in the lost folder.

You can find the lost folder in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name. Then open the found folder and double-click to preview lost files.

Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover and save the lost folder with files.

Last, select the folder and files and click "Recover", browse to choose a new & secure spot on your PC and click "OK" to save it.

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. 

Recover Deleted Windows.old Folder FAQS

1. How do I restore a Windows old folder?

In addition to using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore a deleted Windows.old folder, you can also manually perform 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".

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

2. What happens if Windows old folder deleted?

Windows old folder contains all the files and data from your previous Windows installation. You can use it to restore your system to the old version of Windows. However, Windows will automatically delete the Windows. old folder to free up space after a month if you don't use it. But don't worry, even though the Windows old folder is lost, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted Windows.old folder.

3. Where can I find old Windows files?

This should just be a matter of opening the File Explorer window, accessing the Windows.old folder at C:\Windows.old, and browsing your file system. Your personal files will be located under C:\Windows.old\Users\your_name.

4. How do I restore a deleted file in Windows?

There are three ways for you to recover a deleted file in Windows:

Method 1. Recover a deleted file from Recycle Bin

Method 2. Restore deleted files from the previous version

Method 3. Recover deleted files with deleted file recovery software

5. How do I recover permanently deleted folders on my computer?

To recover permanently deleted folders on your computer, you can restore from previous versions, Windows backup, or using professional file recovery software. The former two methods require you to create a backup before, or they won't be helpful. So, the most effective way to recover permanently deleted folders on Windows 10/8/7 is by applying a file/folder recovery tool.

6. How do I recover a deleted file from years ago?

No matter how long your files have been deleted, a month, a year, or a few years, as long as the files are not overwritten with new data, you have a chance to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover a deleted files.

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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, so 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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