How to Recover Uninstalled Programs on Windows 10

Jean updated on Oct 21, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

It happens that you accidentally uninstalled a program on your Windows 10 computer and then realized you need to retrieve it. Luckily, there are ways to recover uninstalled programs on Windows 10. Whether you want to recover the .exe file or get the program data, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard or Windows System Restore to achieve it.

What Does Uninstalling a Program Remove

Many computer users uninstall programs in Windows 10 to free up disk space. Users may take this way to solve low disk issues, even though they don't feel like removing those programs they used for a long time. What's more, Windows 10 updates somehow delete users' programs, too. Some updates will automatically uninstall incompatible programs, and people have nowhere to find the programs, which makes them very confused.

When you go to "Settings" > "Apps" > "Apps & features" to uninstall a program on Windows 10, you will remove all the application files on the computer. Besides, the data generated later while using the app will also be deleted from your computer. That means the .exe file and the installation folder of the app will all be removed.

Generally, if you attempt to reinstall an uninstalled program, you not only want to recover the .exe file but also intend to recover the uninstalled files and the data the program generates. If that's exactly what you want, you can get your needs met by following the guide below.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Use Data Recovery Software Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the drive that you uninstalled programs and click "Scan". Find and select the target program setup & installation files and click "Recover"...Full steps
Fix 2. Use System Restore Select the "Start" button and click "Settings (the gear icon)". Search for "Recovery" in Windows Settings. Select "Recovery" > "Open System Restore" > "Next". Choose a restore point...Full steps

How to Recover Uninstalled Programs on Windows 10

To recover uninstalled programs on Windows 10, you can either use a third-party data recovery tool or Windows System Restore.

Here is a comparison table that can help you to decide which tool suits your needs the most.

Comparison EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Windows System Restore
Affect newly installed programs × √ (Would remove apps installed after the restore point was made. )
Recover accidentally deleted/formatted files


Retrieve files from external hard drive ×
Preview before recovery ×

Method 1. Recover Uninstalled Programs with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

As using system restore to undo an uninstall in Windows 10 has some deficiencies, we recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard as the optimal choice.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - an all-in-one hard drive recovery software, will help you recover uninstalled programs, including the .exe file, installation folder, and the data it generates, with a few simple clicks. The tool will not harm your existing applications and data, so you don't need to worry about losing other data after restoring one application data.  Here are the main features of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

  • Recover deleted, formatted, and lost files
  • Retrieve files from local hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, and other Windows-compatible storage devices
  • Recover all existing file types
  • 100% secure, virus-free, and plugin free

Download the software and follow the guide below to see how to reinstall uninstalled programs.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the drive that you uninstalled programs and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait patiently for the scan process to finish. 

scan uninstalled programs

Step 3. Find and select the target program setup & installation files and click "Recover". Choose a location (not on the original hard drive) to save the files.

choose program files and recover
The precondition for any successful data recovery is that the deleted files are not overwritten by new content. Thus, avoid using the hard drive that stores the data you want to recover and perform data recovery as soon as possible.

After you retrieve your uninstalled programs on Windows 10, you can now double-click the .exe file to install the application again. 

Method 2. Use System Restore to Recover Uninstalled Programs

System Restore is a feature in Microsoft Windows that allows users to revert their computer's state (including system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings) to a previous point in time. Thus, it can be used to recover from system malfunctions or other problems. Recovering uninstalled programs is no exception.

This option takes your PC back to an earlier point in time, called a system restore point. Restore points are generated when you install a new app, driver, or Windows update. Restoring won't affect your personal files, but it will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after the restore point was made. 

To restore from a Windows system restore point:

Step 1. Select the "Start" button and click "Settings (the gear icon)".

Step 2. Search for "Recovery" in Windows Settings.

Step 3. Select "Recovery" > "Open System Restore" > "Next".

Step 4. Choose a restore point that is earlier than you uninstall the program and click "Next".

Use System Restore to recover uninstalled programs

If you don't see any restore points, it might be because the system protection isn't turned on (the option is on by default). To check it, go to the Control Panel, search for Recovery, and then select "Recovery" > "Configure System Restore" > "Configure" and make sure "Turn on system protection" is selected.

check system protection

Both methods above enable you to retrieve uninstalled programs. Carry out the one best suited to your needs. If the system protection is turned off, using a third-party data recovery tool is the only way to get back your wanted applications.

The Bottom Line

If you uninstall programs on your computer to free up space and speed up Windows 10, try other alternative ways instead. In fact, there are many ways to increase C drive space in Windows 10, either uses the Disk Management tool or a third-party partition manager software. It's not necessary, and most noticeably, uninstalling your installed programs or deleting program files won't help regain the considerable disk space you need.

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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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