How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Operating System in Windows 10
Accidentally Deleted Operating System in Windows 10
It's not easy to delete Windows operating system during our daily use and impossible to delete it if you are operating in Windows. However, the Windows operating system is not undeletable. Generally, there are several situations in which you may accidentally delete the operating system on your computer.
- Accidentally delete OS in Windows Preinstallation Environment
- Boot a computer via a bootable media and then delete the operating system by mistake
- The computer has dual operating systems and you delete one of them after booting into another
- You delete the operating system after system clone, OS reinstallation, system recovery, misoperation...
When the operating system is deleted, you can't boot your computer as expected and the files stored on your computer hard drive are inaccessible. To eliminate this annoying issue, you need to recover the deleted operating system and make your computer boot normally again.
How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Operating System in Windows 10
Generally, deleting an operating system means deleting the whole system partition. Thus, you need a partition tool - EaseUS Partition Master to recover the deleted system partition. With the help of this tool, you can recover your deleted operating system in Windows 10 and boot your PC normally again via three procedures:
- Create a bootable media with EaseUS Partition Master
- Boot your computer from the bootable media and recover the system partition.
- Afterward, you can add a boot option in BIOS/UEFI to boot Windows from your computer hard drive again. To get back your deleted OS:
Step 1. Prepare a disc or drive
To create a bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master, you should prepare a storage media, like a USB drive, flash drive or a CD/DVD disc. Correctly connect the drive to your computer.
Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the "WinPE Creator" feature on the top. Click on it.
Step 2. Create EaseUS Partition Master bootable drive
You can choose the USB or CD/DVD when the drive is available. However, if you do not have a storage device at hand, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive, and later burn it to a storage media. Once made the option, click "Proceed".
You have created an EaseUS Partition Master WinPE bootable disk now. You can manage your hard disks and partitions through the bootable drive whenever the computer fails to boot normally.
If you have RAID drives, load the RAID driver first by clicking Add Driver from the menu bar, which can help you add the driver of your device under WinPE environment, as some specific device cannot be recognized under WinPE environment without drivers installed, such as RAID or some specific hard disk.
Note: If you accidentally deleted an Windows 10 ISO file to the recycle bin, you can also bring the image file back. See also:
Are you looking for a way to perform Recycle Bin recovery? Follow to learn how to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin immediately.
Procedure 1. Create a Bootable Media with EaseUS Partition Master
You have created an EaseUS Partition Master WinPE bootable disk now. Connect the WinPE bootable disk you have made to the PC with the corrupted Windows system, restart the computer and go to BIOS/UEFI to change the boot sequence. Press "F2" (the BIOS key varies according to the computer manufacturer) when you start your PC. It will allow you to run EaseUS Partition Master and recover your system partition without Windows.
Before you start, there are things you need to identify.
If you see your original system partition shown as unallocated space in EaseUS Partition Master or RAW, you can recover the partition and the Windows operating system together with it following the steps below. If you see the system partition still exists but you cannot boot your computer. It's probably some Windows system files are deleted by mistake. In such a case, you can refer to the article about system boot issues (this article is related to other software but some of the solutions are universal) or create a bootable media with the hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, boot your computer from the device, recover your deleted Windows system files, and create a boot option in BIOS/UEFI to recover your operating system.
Procedure 2. Recover Deleted Operating System in Windows
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master on PC
Click on "Partition Recovery" at the top of the main window.
Step 2. Select a hard disk to search for the lost partition(s)
Choose the hard drive disk or SSD where you lost partitions, and click "Scan".
Step 3. Wait for the scanning process to complete.
This program will scan the whole disk with two modes - "Quick Scan" and "Deep Scan" to find all lost partitions and data for you.
- Quick Scan will find your latest or recently deleted partition at a fast speed.
- Deep Scan will scan and find more and earlier deleted partitions.
- If the Quick Scan doesn't find your lost partition, wait patiently till the Deep Scan completes.
During or after the scan, you can double-click the partition marked as "Deleted" to check and view the partition content. If it contains your lost partition data, go to Step 4 and continue.
Step 4. Select and recover lost partitions
1. Select the lost partition, marked as "Deleted" with previous Labels, capacity etc, and click "Proceed" to continue.
2. Click "Recover Now" to confirm and restore the lost partition.
3. Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to restore lost partition.
Procedure 3. Add a Boot Option
Adding a boot option in BIOS or UEFI boot mode is not easy to do. You can search for the guide on the Internet according to your boot mode and brand of your computer. Or you can directly contact our support team via live chat or telephone number provided below for remote assistance. In addition to creating the boot option, our support team can also help in other aspects like data recovery.
The Bottom Line
Accidentally deleting operating system is quite rare but still exists. To reaccess the files on your computer and recover the deleted OS, you need to create a bootable media with partition recovery software, like EaseUS Partition Master, which is 100% secure, virus-free, and plug-in free. If you have any difficulty performing data recovery or adding a boot option, you are welcomed to ask help from our support team.
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Tracy is enthusiastic to share technical tips and solutions about computing and technology. Being an EaseUS member since 2013, she also writes instructional content about data recovery, file/disk partition/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.
Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!
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