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File Recovery: How Do I Recover Deleted Files in Windows 8/ 8.1 - 5 Ways

Chelsea Staub Updated on Apr 15, 2022 6:07 PM

If you're a victim of data loss in Windows 8 or 8.1 PC after a system crash, don't depress. Though it's generally hard to undelete the files that's gone or can't be accessed, you can still survive accidental deletion or permanent removal of the files with several file recovery strategies below.

How Do I Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 8

You can often undo deletion in Recycle Bin when you accidentally deleted a file or folder and realized you need it back. In the matter of deleting files via Shift+Delete or emptying Recycle Bin, there're remedies involved using backups to recover permanently deleted data in Windows 8/ 8.1. Plus, a 3rd-party recovery tool also allows the retrieval of missing files even without backups.

Recycle Bin in Windows 8

More often than not, you hastily delete some files but regret it and wish to get back the disappeared documents, pictures, videos, etc. Thankfully, Microsoft came to its sense and has installed Recycle Bin on the desktop, from which you can restore a deleted file or folder in Windows 8/ 8.1 computer.

  • Double-click Recycle Bin icon to open it.
  • Choose the deleted file(s) you need or all the files to restore.
  • Right-click on the selected files and hit Restore to get back lost Windows 8 files.

You can also hit "Restore all items" or "Restore the selected items" at the top to return the files or folders listed in Recycle Bin window back to where they used to stay before being deleted.

Bring Permanently Deleted Files Back on Windows 8 without Using Software

Try File History

In other common data loss scenarios like that you delete a file and remove it from the Recycle Bin or that a file is deleted during virus scan, you should turn to File History to undelete permanently removed files in Windows 8 computer for free.

  • Hit Start button and type Backup on the search bar.
  • Select Restore Your Files with File History from the results.
  • Locate the backup file for the folder that contained the lost files.
  • Select the backup files you need to retrieve from and press the green Restore button.

You can also use Windows 7 Backup File Recovery on Windows 8 to get back the missing files:

  • Hit Start button, then go to Control Panel > System and Maintenance > File History.
  • Click on Windows 7 File Recovery on the bottom left and select Restore my files.

Then, follow the on-screen instructions to retrieve lost files from Windows 8 laptop & desktop.

Find Data Recovery Tool

If you intend to get plenty of data recovered in Windows 8, performing the file recovery will be much easier with Data Recovery. Its intuitive interface can well-guide you customize the file type(s) and disk or media storage that can be recovered from and reconstruct the deleted files along with original filename in one click. With its robust searching engine, all the lost or missing files can be easy to find and retrieve even from emptied Recycle Bin, formatted HDDs, or damaged partitions.

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The actual process of getting back the Windows 8 lost files after Shift+Delete or permanently deleting without any backups is incredibly easy as what's outlined below:

  • Run this tool on a Windows 8 or 8.1 PC.
  • Check specific or all data types and the media that represents your own case.
  • Select Scan button to scan the lost files in Windows 8/ 8.1.
  • After scanning, search and highlight the file(s) you want to recover.
  • How Do I Find and Recover Missing Files on a Windows 8.1 Computer

  • Click on the button labeled Recover.

That's it! Given that you accidentally deleted files from External hard drive in Windows 8 and want to recover the 20 years' worth of important files that's all gone permanently, this wizard is also workable.

From Windows Backups

Starting Windows 8 OS, users can also use Backup and Restore mechanism to back up the files and documents for recovery. If you're using this Windows backups function, you're allowed to recover the files getting deleted automatically after Windows 8 reset from a backup.

  • Right-click Start button and select Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore.
  • In the "Restore" section, choose Restore my files.

All that's left to do is following the prompts to undo the permanent deletion and restore lost files from a Windows 8 computer

Seek Previous Versions to Recover

If you've created volume shadow copy on the machine, proceed with these steps to start the recovery of lost files in Windows 8 when you can't find a file on your computer or you modified or deleted a file by mistake.

  • Use File Explorer to locate the folder that used to contain the deleted files.
  • Right-click the folder and hit Restore previous version.
  • Select the folder version you need and left-click on Restore.

How Do I Recover Permanently Lost Files from Windows 8 Desktop

Q&A: Windows 8 has deleted the files in Windows.Old folder. Why?

A Widows.old folder will be deleted automatically after 28 days since a new Windows OS was installed. It will also be deleted when the Windows drive has less than 10% free space.

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