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How to Recover Deleted Files on Windows 11

Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft, and it comes with several improvements over its predecessor, Windows 10. However, even with the advanced features of Windows 11, it's still possible to accidentally delete important files. Losing important data can be devastating, especially when you don't have a backup.

Fortunately, there are ways to recover deleted files on Windows 11, and in this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to do just that. Whether you accidentally deleted a file or lost it due to a system crash, we've got you covered. So, let's dive into the world of data recovery and learn how to retrieve your lost files on Windows 11.

What Leads to Windows 11 Data Loss

There are several factors that can lead to data loss in Windows 11. Some of the common reasons include:

  1. 1. Hardware failures: Hard disk failure, power surges, and other hardware-related issues can cause data loss.
  2. 2. Software failures: Operating system crashes, application errors, and viruses/malware can corrupt or delete data.
  3. 3. Human errors: Accidentally deleting important files, formatting the wrong drive, or improper use of disk partitioning tools can result in data loss.
  4. 4. Natural disasters: Floods, fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters can damage the computer hardware, resulting in data loss.
  5. 5. Theft or physical damage: Theft of the computer or physical damage to the hard disk can result in the loss of data.
  6. 6. Upgrading to Windows 11: When upgrading to Windows 11, there is a chance that data could be lost during the upgrade process.

How to Search for Files and Folders on Windows 11

1. Use Search

To search for files and folders on Windows 11 using the built-in search feature, you can follow these steps:

  1. 1. Click on the Start button or press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.

  2. 2. In the search bar located at the top of the Start menu, start typing the name or part of the name of the file or folder you want to search for. As you type, Windows will start displaying search results in real-time.

  3. 3. As you type, you can review the search results displayed in the Start menu. Windows will show you matching files, folders, applications, and other search categories.

  4. 4. If you can't find the desired file or folder in the search results displayed in the Start menu, you can click on the "See all results" link at the bottom of the search pane. This will open the full search results window with more comprehensive search options.

  5. 5. In the full search results window, you can review and scroll through the search results to find the file or folder you are looking for. The search results will display the name, location, and other details about each item.

  6. 6. If you still can't find the file or folder you're looking for, you can use additional search filters to narrow down the results. These filters include options like "Filters," "Recent," and "Other places" to refine your search further.

  7. 7. Once you locate the desired file or folder in the search results, you can click on it to open or access it directly from the search results window.

The search feature in Windows 11 is powerful and can help you quickly find files, folders, applications, and other items on your computer. By using the search bar in the Start menu, you can save time and easily locate the files and folders you need.

Losing important files or folders can be a frustrating and stressful experience, especially if you don't have a backup. However, with the advanced features of Windows 11, it's possible to recover deleted files and folders in many cases. Whether you accidentally deleted a file, or it disappeared due to a software error, there are several methods you can use to retrieve your lost data. In this article, we will explore some of the best techniques for recovering deleted files and folders on Windows 11, including built-in Windows features, third-party recovery software, and cloud-based backup solutions.

2. Use File Explorer

To search for files and folders using File Explorer in Windows 11, you can follow these steps:

  1. 1. Open File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar or by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard.

  2. 2. In the File Explorer window, you'll see a search bar located at the top right corner. Click inside the search bar to activate it.

  3. 3. Type the name or part of the name of the file or folder you want to search for. As you type, File Explorer will start displaying search results in real-time, filtering the files and folders based on your input.

  4. 4. As you type, you can review the search results displayed in the File Explorer window. The results will update dynamically to match the search criteria.

  5. 5. If you can't find the desired file or folder in the search results, you can refine your search by using advanced search filters. Click on the "Search" tab in the File Explorer ribbon at the top of the window.

  6. 6. In the "Search" tab, you'll find various search filters such as "Date modified," "Size," "Type," and more. You can click on these filters to narrow down the search results based on specific criteria.

  7. 7. Additionally, you can use the "Options" button in the "Search" tab to access more advanced search settings. Here, you can specify the search location, choose to include or exclude specific folders, and customize other search parameters.

  8. 8. Once you locate the desired file or folder in the search results, you can click on it to open or access it directly from File Explorer.

Using File Explorer's search feature allows you to search for files and folders with more flexibility and control. It provides options to refine your search using advanced filters and settings, helping you find the files and folders you need more efficiently.

Utilize Search Bar in Microsoft 365

To utilize the Search bar in Microsoft 365 applications like Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, follow these steps:

  1. 1. Open the Microsoft 365 application in which you want to use the Search bar, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

  2. 2. Locate the Search bar at the top of the application window. It may be labeled as "Search" or displayed as a magnifying glass icon.

  3. 3. Click inside the Search bar to activate it.

  4. 4. Type the keywords or terms related to the content you want to search for within the Microsoft 365 application. For example, you can search for emails, documents, contacts, or specific words within a document.

  5. 5. As you type, the application will start displaying search results in real-time, showing items that match your search criteria.

  6. 6. Review the search results displayed in the application. The results may include emails, documents, contacts, or specific instances of the search term within a document.

  7. 7. If needed, you can use additional search filters or options to refine your search further. These options may vary depending on the Microsoft 365 application you are using. Look for options like "Filters," "Advanced Search," or specific search settings within the application's interface.

  8. 8. Once you locate the desired item in the search results, you can click on it to open, view, or perform relevant actions depending on the context.

By utilizing the Search bar in Microsoft 365 applications, you can quickly find specific emails, documents, contacts, or information within your Microsoft 365 environment, improving your productivity and efficiency in accessing the content you need.

How to Recover Deleted Files/Folders in Windows 11

Method 1: Recover Deleted Files from a Recycle Bin in Windows 11

  1. 1. Open the Recycle Bin: You can do this by double-clicking the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop. Alternatively, you can search for "Recycle Bin" in the Start menu.

  2. 2. Find the Deleted File: Once you're in the Recycle Bin, look for the file or folder you want to recover. If you have a lot of items in the Recycle Bin, you can use the search bar to find the file more quickly.

  3. 3. Right-click on the File: Once you have found the file or folder you want to recover, right-click on it and select "Restore" from the context menu. This will restore the file or folder to its original location.

  4. 4. Check the Restored File: Once the file has been restored, go to its original location and check that it has been successfully restored.

Method 2: Recover Files using Undo Delete

  1. 1. Open the folder where the file was originally located: Navigate to the folder where the deleted file was originally located.

  2. 2. Click on "Edit": Click on the "Edit" menu in the folder window.

  3. 3. Select "Undo Delete": From the Edit menu, select "Undo Delete" or press "Ctrl + Z" on your keyboard.

  4. 4. Check if the file is recovered: If the undo delete operation was successful, the deleted file should be restored to its original location. You can check to see if the file is recovered and accessible.

Note: The Undo Delete option is only available for a short period of time after the file has been deleted. Therefore, it is recommended to try this method as soon as possible after realizing the file has been deleted.

Method 3: Restore Files Using the File History Feature

The File History feature in Windows allows you to restore deleted or modified files from a backup. Here's how you can use it to restore your files:

  1. 1. Connect your backup drive to your computer.

  2. 2. Click the Start button and go to Settings > Update & Security > Backup.

  3. 3. Click on the "More options" link.

  4. 4. Under "Backup options," click the "Restore files from a current backup" link.

  5. 5. You'll see a list of files and folders that can be restored. You can either select individual files or select the entire folder.

  6. 6. Click the "Restore" button and the selected files will be restored to their original location.

If the files you're looking for aren't showing up, you can click the "Restore files from a different backup" link and select a different backup.

Note that File History must have been previously enabled for this feature to work. If it wasn't, you won't be able to restore your files using this method.

Method 4: Recover without Third-Party Software using Command Prompt

If you've lost access to your Windows account password and don't have access to any third-party software or tools, you can still recover your account password using the Command Prompt. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. 1. Restart your computer and boot into the Advanced Startup Options menu by pressing the F8 key repeatedly during startup.
  2. 2. From the menu, select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and press Enter.
  3. 3. Once you're in the Command Prompt window, type "net user" and press Enter. This will display a list of all user accounts on the computer.
  4. 4. Type "net user [username] *" (replace [username] with the name of the account you want to reset the password for) and press Enter.
  5. 5. You'll be prompted to enter a new password for the account. Type a new password and press Enter. Then retype the password when prompted to confirm it.
  6. 6. Restart your computer and log in to your account using the new password.

Note that this method only works if you have administrator access to your computer. If you don't have administrator access, you may need to use a different method to recover your account password.

Method 5: Restore from Your Previous Backup

If you have created a backup of your Windows system, you may be able to restore your password using this backup. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. 1. Boot your computer into the Windows Recovery Environment. You can do this by restarting your computer and pressing the F8 key repeatedly during startup until you see the Advanced Startup Options menu. From there, select "Repair your computer" and press Enter.
  2. 2. Select "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced options" > "System Image Recovery".
  3. 3. Choose the backup that contains the user account whose password you want to reset.
  4. 4. Follow the on-screen instructions to restore the backup. This will overwrite your current Windows installation, so make sure you have a backup of any important files before proceeding.
  5. 5. Once the restore process is complete, you should be able to log in to your account using the password you set when you created the backup.

Note that this method requires you to have previously created a backup of your Windows system. If you haven't done so, you may need to use a different method to recover your account password.

Method 6: Use DiskInternals Partition Recovery Software

DiskInternals Partition Recovery software is a tool designed to help recover lost or damaged partitions on your hard drive. It can be used to recover data from both internal and external drives, including USB drives, memory cards, and other types of storage media.

To use DiskInternals Partition Recovery software, you can follow these steps:

  1. 1. Download and install the software on your computer.
  2. 2. Launch the software and select the drive you want to recover data from.
  3. 3. Click on the "Scan" button to start the scanning process.
  4. 4. Once the scan is complete, the software will display a list of recoverable files and folders.
  5. 5. Select the files and folders you want to recover and click on the "Recover" button.
  6. 6. Choose a location to save the recovered files to.

It's important to note that using any data recovery software carries a risk of further data loss or damage. To minimize this risk, it's recommended that you avoid writing any new data to the drive you're trying to recover data from until the recovery process is complete. Additionally, if you're not comfortable using data recovery software, you may want to consider hiring a professional data recovery service to help you recover your lost data.

Method 7: Use Microsoft's Windows File Recovery Tool

Microsoft's Windows File Recovery Tool is a free tool that allows you to recover deleted files from your Windows PC. It's designed to work on Windows 10 and Windows 11, and it can recover files from both internal and external drives.

To use the Windows File Recovery Tool, follow these steps:

  1. 1. Download the Windows File Recovery Tool from the Microsoft Store and install it on your PC.

  2. 2. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator by pressing the Windows key + X and selecting "Command Prompt (Admin)" from the menu.

  3. 3. In the Command Prompt, type "winfr" followed by the drive letter of the drive you want to recover files from, and the destination path where you want to save the recovered files. For example, if you want to recover files from drive C and save them to a folder called "recovered" on your desktop, you would type:

    winfr C: C:\Users\YourUsername\Desktop\recovered

  4. 4. Press Enter to start the recovery process. Depending on the size of the drive and the amount of data to be recovered, this process may take some time.

It's important to note that the Windows File Recovery Tool may not be able to recover all deleted files, especially if the files have been overwritten or the drive has physical damage. Additionally, it's recommended that you avoid writing any new data to the drive you're trying to recover data from until the recovery process is complete.

Method 8: Retrieve Lost Data from a Cloud Backup Using OneDrive

If you have lost data from your device, you may be able to retrieve it from a cloud backup using OneDrive. OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that allows you to backup and sync your files across multiple devices.

Here are the steps to retrieve lost data from a cloud backup using OneDrive:

  1. 1. Open the OneDrive website in your web browser and sign in with your Microsoft account.

  2. 2. Navigate to the folder where the lost file was located.

  3. 3. Look for the deleted file in the Recycle Bin folder. If you find the file, right-click on it and select "Restore" to move the file back to its original location.

  4. 4. If the file is not in the Recycle Bin folder, click on the "Files" option in the left-hand menu and search for the file using the search bar.

  5. 5. If you still can't find the file, click on the "Restore your OneDrive" option in the left-hand menu. This will allow you to restore your OneDrive account to an earlier time, which may include the lost file.

  6. 6. Follow the prompts to restore your OneDrive account to an earlier time. Keep in mind that this will replace all of the files in your OneDrive account with the files from the selected backup time.

  7. 7. Once the restore is complete, check the folder where the lost file was located to see if it has been restored.

If none of the above steps are successful, you may need to consider using a professional data recovery service or software to attempt to recover the lost data. It's always a good idea to regularly backup important files to multiple locations to prevent the loss of important data in the first place.

Method 9: Undo Deletion in Windows 11

Undoing a deletion in Windows 11 is a simple process that can be done using the Ctrl + Z keyboard shortcut or by restoring the deleted file from the Recycle Bin. Here are the steps to undo a deletion in Windows 11:

  1. 1. Press the Ctrl + Z keyboard shortcut. This will undo the last action you performed in Windows 11, which could be deleting a file.

  2. 2. If the Ctrl + Z shortcut does not work, open the Recycle Bin on your desktop by double-clicking on the Recycle Bin icon.

  3. 3. Find the deleted file in the Recycle Bin. You can sort the files by name, date deleted, size, or other criteria to make it easier to find the file you want to restore.

  4. 4. Right-click on the file you want to restore and select "Restore" from the context menu. This will move the file back to its original location.

  5. 5. If you accidentally deleted multiple files, you can select multiple files at once and restore them all at once by right-clicking on the selected files and selecting "Restore" from the context menu.

  6. 6. Once you have restored the deleted file or files, you can close the Recycle Bin window.

How to recover files on Windows 11 after an upgrade

Method 1: Dealing with a temporary profile

If you are experiencing issues with a temporary profile after upgrading to Windows 11 and need to recover your files, you can try the following steps:

    1. 1. Restart your computer: Sometimes a simple restart can resolve temporary profile issues. Go to the Start menu, click on the Power button, and select Restart.
    2. 2. Log in with your original account: On the login screen, make sure you select your original user account and enter your password to log in. Do not select any temporary or guest accounts.
    3. 3. Check for the presence of your original files: Once you log in, check if your files are still accessible. Navigate to the following location: C:\Users\Your_Username Replace "Your_Username" with your actual username.
    4. 4. Look for your personal folders such as Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc. If you can see your files, then you can manually copy them to a safe location such as an external hard drive or cloud storage.
    5. 5. Create a new user account (optional): If you cannot access your original files or continue to experience issues with your profile, you can try creating a new user account.w user account with administrative privileges. e. Log in with the newly created account and check if your files are accessible.

Follow these steps:

a. Open the Start menu and go to Settings.

b. Click on "Accounts" and then select "Family & other users" from the left panel.

c. Under the "Other users" section, click on "Add account."

d. Follow the prompts to create a ne

    1. 6. Seek professional help: If the above methods don't work or if your files are still missing or corrupted, it is recommended to consult a professional data recovery service. They have specialized tools and expertise to recover files in more complex situations.

Remember to always keep backups of your important files to prevent data loss during system upgrades or other unforeseen circumstances.

Method 2: Enable administrator account

    1. 1. Boot into Safe Mode: Restart your computer and repeatedly press the F8 key before the Windows logo appears. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu. From there, select "Safe Mode" and press Enter.

    2. 2. Enable the built-in administrator account: Once you're in Safe Mode, follow these steps: a. Press the Windows key + X to open the Power User menu, then select "Computer Management." b. In the Computer Management window, go to "Local Users and Groups" and expand it. c. Click on "Users" and you should see a list of user accounts on the right panel. d. Right-click on "Administrator" and select "Properties." e. Uncheck the box that says "Account is disabled" and click "OK" to enable the administrator account.

    3. 3. Log in with the administrator account: Restart your computer and you should now see the administrator account on the login screen. Select the administrator account and log in using the appropriate password.

    4. 4. Access your files: After logging in as the administrator, you should have access to your files. Navigate to the following location to find your user account files: C:\Users\Your_Username Replace "Your_Username" with the username of your original account.

      Copy the files you want to recover to a safe location such as an external hard drive or cloud storage.

    5. 5. Disable the built-in administrator account (optional): Once you've recovered your files, it's recommended to disable the built-in administrator account for security reasons. Follow the same steps as mentioned in Step 2, but this time, check the box that says "Account is disabled" to disable the administrator account.

Method 3: Troubleshooting Windows 11 Search

If you're experiencing issues with the search functionality in Windows 11 after an upgrade and need to troubleshoot it, you can try the following steps:

  1. 1. Restart your computer: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve minor issues. Go to the Start menu, click on the Power button, and select Restart.

  2. 2. Check for Windows updates: Make sure your system is up to date with the latest Windows updates. Updates often include bug fixes and improvements that can address search-related issues. To check for updates, follow these steps: a. Open the Start menu and go to Settings. b. Click on "Windows Update" and then select "Check for updates" from the right panel. c. If updates are available, click on "Download and install" to install them.

  3. 3. Rebuild the search index: The search index is a database that Windows uses to quickly find files and programs. Rebuilding the search index can help fix search-related issues. Here's how you can do it: a. Open the Start menu and go to Settings. b. Click on "System" and then select "Storage" from the left panel. c. Under "Storage," click on "Advanced storage settings." d. Scroll down and click on "Indexing options." e. In the Indexing Options window, click on "Advanced." f. In the Advanced Options window, click on "Rebuild" under the Troubleshooting section. g. Click "OK" to confirm and start the rebuilding process. Note that this process may take some time.

  4. 4. Reset Windows Search components: If rebuilding the search index didn't resolve the issue, you can try resetting the Windows Search components. To do this, follow these steps: a. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. b. Type "services.msc" (without quotes) and press Enter to open the Services window. c. In the Services window, locate and right-click on the following services one by one, selecting "Restart" for each:

    • Windows Search
    • SearchIndexer
    • Cortana d. Close the Services window.
  5. 5. Check for third-party conflicts: Sometimes, third-party software or add-ons can interfere with the search functionality. Temporarily disable any third-party antivirus or security software, as well as any recently installed applications or browser extensions, to see if they are causing the issue. If the search starts working properly after disabling a specific software or extension, you may need to contact the respective software's support for further assistance or consider an alternative.

If the above troubleshooting steps do not resolve the search issues in Windows 11, it may be helpful to reach out to Microsoft Support or visit their official forums for additional guidance and assistance.

Method 4: Recover files after Windows 11 upgrade with native backup

  1. 1. Click on the Start button and select the Settings (gear icon) in the left-hand menu.

  2. 2. In the Settings window, click on the "System" category.

  3. 3. From the left-hand menu, select the "Storage" option.

  4. 4. Scroll down and click on the "Advanced storage settings" link.

  5. 5. In the Advanced storage settings, click on the "Backup options" link.

  6. 6. Under the "Backup" section, click on the "More options" link.

  7. 7. In the Backup options, you'll see a section labeled "Backup these folders." Make sure the folders containing your important files are selected for backup. If not, click on the "+ Add a folder" button to add the desired folders.

  8. 8. Once you have selected the appropriate folders, close the Backup options window.

  9. 9. In the Storage settings, click on the "Backup now" button to initiate a manual backup of your selected files.

  10. 10. Windows will start backing up your files to the designated location. The time required for the backup process will depend on the size of your files and the speed of your computer.

  11. 11. After the backup is complete, you can navigate to the backup location to access your recovered files. By default, Windows creates a folder named "FileHistory" on an external drive or network location where the files are stored.

  12. 12. Open File Explorer and navigate to the backup location. You should find a folder with the name of your computer, followed by the date and time of the backup.

  13. 13. Inside the backup folder, you'll find the folders and files that were backed up. You can copy and paste these files to your desired location on your Windows 11 system.

Method 5: Restoring to a previous version to recover your deleted files

Restoring your computer to a previous version can be a potential method to recover deleted files after a Windows 11 upgrade. Here's how you can attempt this:

Note: Restoring to a previous version may not always be successful in recovering deleted files. It depends on various factors such as the backup settings, timing of the deletion, and availability of previous versions.

  1. 1. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard.

  2. 2. Navigate to the location where the deleted files were originally stored. For example, if the files were saved in the "Documents" folder, open the "Documents" folder in File Explorer.

  3. 3. Right-click on the folder where the deleted files were stored and select "Restore previous versions" from the context menu. This option is only available if you have enabled the "File History" feature or if Windows has created automatic restore points.

  4. 4. A new window will open, showing a list of previous versions of the folder. Each version represents a snapshot taken at different points in time.

  5. 5. Select the most recent version of the folder before the upgrade occurred. If there are multiple versions available, choose the one that you believe contains the deleted files.

  6. 6. Click on the "Restore" button to restore the selected folder version.

  7. 7. Windows will prompt you to confirm the restoration process. Make sure you have a backup of any existing files in the folder, as they will be replaced during the restore operation. Click "Restore" to proceed.

  8. 8. Wait for the restoration process to complete. The time required will depend on the size of the folder and the speed of your computer.

  9. 9. Once the restoration is finished, navigate to the restored folder and check if the deleted files have been recovered.

If the above method doesn't work or if you don't have previous versions available, it's advisable to use specialized data recovery software or consult a professional data recovery service. These options provide a higher chance of recovering deleted files, even if they have been permanently removed from your system.

How do I restore an app in Windows 11?

Restore an app via Windows 11 settings

To restore an app in Windows 11 via the settings, you can follow these steps:

  1. 1. Click on the Start button and select the Settings (gear icon) in the left-hand menu.

  2. 2. In the Settings window, click on the "Apps" category.

  3. 3. From the left-hand menu, select the "Apps & features" option.

  4. 4. On the right-hand side, you'll see a list of installed apps on your computer.

  5. 5. Scroll through the list or use the search bar to find the app you want to restore.

  6. 6. Once you locate the app, click on it to expand its details.

  7. 7. Under the app details, you'll find several options. Look for the "Advanced options" link and click on it.

  8. 8. In the Advanced options for the app, scroll down until you see the "Reset" section.

  9. 9. Click on the "Reset" button to initiate the restoration process for the app.

  10. 10. Windows will display a confirmation dialog explaining that resetting the app will remove its data and settings. Make sure you have a backup of any important data associated with the app before proceeding.

  11. 11. If you're ready to proceed, click on the "Reset" button in the confirmation dialog.

  12. 12. Windows will reset the app, reverting it to its default settings and removing any customizations or preferences.

  13. 13. After the reset is complete, you can launch the app and set it up as if you were using it for the first time.

Please note that resetting an app will delete any data associated with it, so make sure to back up any important files or settings before proceeding with the restoration process.

Reinstall an app via PowerShell in Windows 11

To reinstall an app via PowerShell in Windows 11, you can use the following steps:

  1. 1. Open PowerShell with administrative privileges. To do this, right-click on the Start button and select "Windows PowerShell (Admin)" from the context menu.

  2. 2. In the PowerShell window, you can use the Get-AppxPackage command to list all the installed apps. You can filter the list based on the name of the app you want to reinstall. For example, if you want to reinstall the "ExampleApp" application, you can use the command:

    Get-AppxPackage-NameExampleApp

    Make a note of the PackageFullName value of the app from the output.

  3. 3.Once you have the PackageFullName value, you can use the Remove-AppxPackage command to uninstall the app. Replace PackageFullName with the actual value of the app you want to reinstall:

    Remove-AppxPackage-PackagePackageFullName

    This command will uninstall the app from your system.

  4. 4. After the app is uninstalled, you can use the Add-AppxPackage command to reinstall the app. Replace PathToAppxPackage with the file path of the app's installation package (.appx or .appxbundle file):

    Add-AppxPackage-PathPathToAppxPackage

    This command will reinstall the app using the provided installation package.

  5. 5. Wait for the PowerShell command to complete the reinstallation process. It may take a few moments.

  6. 6. Once the command finishes, you can close the PowerShell window.

After following these steps, the app should be reinstalled on your Windows 11 system. Launch the app from the Start menu or by searching for its name to check if the reinstallation was successful.

How do you reset app data?

  1. 1. Click on the Start button and select the Settings (gear icon) in the left-hand menu.

  2. 2. In the Settings window, click on the "Apps" category.

  3. 3. From the left-hand menu, select the "Apps & features" option.

  4. 4. On the right-hand side, you'll see a list of installed apps on your computer.

  5. 5. Scroll through the list or use the search bar to find the app for which you want to reset the data.

  6. 6. Once you locate the app, click on it to expand its details.

  7. 7. Under the app details, you'll find several options. Look for the "Advanced options" link and click on it.

  8. 8. In the Advanced options for the app, scroll down until you see the "Reset" section.

  9. 9. Click on the "Reset" button to initiate the data reset process for the app.

  10. 10. Windows will display a confirmation dialog explaining that resetting the app will remove its data and settings. Make sure you have a backup of any important data associated with the app before proceeding.

  11. 11. If you're ready to proceed, click on the "Reset" button in the confirmation dialog.

  12. 12. Windows will reset the app's data, returning it to its default state. This action will remove any customizations, preferences, and saved data associated with the app.

  13. 13. After the data reset is complete, you can launch the app, and it will start with its default settings and behavior.

Do you lose your files when upgrading to Windows 11?

When upgrading to Windows 11, your files and personal data should not be lost or deleted. The upgrade process is designed to preserve your files, settings, and applications. However, it's always recommended to have a backup of your important files before any major system upgrade or changes, just as a precautionary measure.

During the upgrade process, Windows typically migrates your files, documents, photos, and other user data to the new operating system. It preserves the contents of your user folders such as Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos, as well as the data in other locations on your hard drive.

However, it's important to note that unexpected issues can occur during any software upgrade, and there is always a slight risk of data loss. Therefore, it's advisable to make sure you have a recent backup of your important files stored in a separate location, such as an external hard drive, cloud storage, or another computer, to ensure their safety.

By taking proper precautions, such as backing up your files, you can minimize the risk of data loss and have peace of mind when upgrading to Windows 11 or any other operating system.

In conclusion, losing data can be a frustrating experience, but with the right tools and knowledge, it is often possible to recover the lost information. In this article, we have covered nine different methods for data recovery on Windows 11. From using file history and system restore to accessing the Recycle Bin and using DiskInternals Partition Recovery, there are several options to choose from depending on the situation.

It's important to remember that prevention is the best way to avoid data loss. Regularly backing up important files to multiple locations, such as an external hard drive or cloud storage service, can help ensure that your data is protected in case of a hardware failure or other issue.

FAQ

  • How to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 11?

    • Check the Recycle Bin: When you delete a file in Windows 11, it is usually moved to the Recycle Bin. If you haven't emptied the Recycle Bin, the file may still be there. To check the Recycle Bin, double-click on its icon on the desktop, and look for the deleted file. If you find it, right-click on it and select "Restore."
    • Use File History: Windows 11 has a built-in backup feature called File History that can help you recover deleted files. To use File History, go to "Settings" > "Update & Security" > "Backup" > "More options" > "Restore files from a current backup." From there, you can select the files you want to recover.
    • Try a File Recovery Tool: If the above methods don't work, you can try using a third-party file recovery tool.
  • Is there free data recovery software for Windows 11?

    Yes, there are several free data recovery software options available for Windows 11, and DiskInternals Partition Recovery free preview is one of them. This software is designed to recover lost or deleted data from various types of storage devices, including hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, and more.

    The free preview version of DiskInternals Partition Recovery allows you to scan your storage device and preview recoverable files before purchasing the full version. However, the free preview version has some limitations, such as a limited number of file previews and the inability to save recovered files.

  • How can I recover deleted files in Windows 11 without software?

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to recover deleted files in Windows 11 without using third-party software. When you delete a file, it is usually moved to the Recycle Bin, from where it can be easily restored. However, if you have emptied the Recycle Bin or deleted the file using the Shift + Delete shortcut, the file is permanently deleted from the computer's storage, and there is no built-in tool in Windows 11 to recover it.

    • Check your backup: If you have set up a backup for your files, you may be able to restore the deleted files from there.
    • Check your cloud storage: If you use cloud storage services like OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive, the deleted files may still be available in the cloud. Check the cloud storage's trash or recycle bin to see if the files are there.
    • Use system restore: If you have created a system restore point before deleting the files, you can use the system restore feature in Windows 11 to restore your computer to an earlier state, which may include the deleted files.
  • Where are deleted files in Windows 11?

    When you delete a file in Windows 11, it is typically moved to the Recycle Bin. The Recycle Bin is a temporary storage area on your hard drive where deleted files are kept until you either restore them or empty the Recycle Bin.

    To access the Recycle Bin, you can simply double-click on the icon on your desktop, or search for "Recycle Bin" in the Start menu. Once you open the Recycle Bin, you should see a list of all the files and folders that you have deleted.

    If the file you are looking for is still in the Recycle Bin, you can right-click on it and choose "Restore" to move it back to its original location. If you have already emptied the Recycle Bin, or if you have deleted the file using the Shift + Delete shortcut, the file is permanently deleted from your computer and cannot be easily recovered without using third-party recovery software.

  • Are deleted files gone forever in Windows 11?

    When you delete a file in Windows 11, it's not necessarily gone forever. By default, deleted files are sent to the Recycle Bin where they can be restored if needed. However, once you empty the Recycle Bin or use a secure delete tool to permanently delete a file, it becomes more difficult to recover.

    Even if you've emptied the Recycle Bin, there are still tools and techniques that can be used to try to recover deleted files. These methods rely on the fact that when you delete a file, Windows doesn't actually erase the data on the hard drive. Instead, it marks the space on the drive where the file was stored as available for new data.

    If you want to ensure that a file is truly gone forever, you can use a secure deletion tool that overwrites the space on the hard drive where the file was stored with meaningless data, making it virtually impossible to recover the original file.

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