Windows 7 gives you several options to recover deleted or changed files.
Check the Recycle Bin
You should have a Recycle Bin on your Windows desktop. Any deleted files go into the recycle bin, so that you can retrieve them again later.
- Double-click on the Recycle Bin
- Browse or search for the file you want to restore
- Right-click on the file and select Restore from the pop-up menu
You can also restore the file from a backup, if you’ve used Windows backup, or try to restore it from a previous version of the file. Previous versions are copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point.
Restoring files from previous versions
Windows 7 tracks any changes you make to your files and allows you to go back to a previous version.
- Click on Start and then Computer
- Browse to the folder that used to contains the file you need to recover
- Right-click the folder and choose Restore previous versions
This will display a list of available previous versions of the file or folder. The list will automatically include files and folders saved in Windows Backups or restore points.
Select the version that you want and click on Restore.
To restore a file or folder displayed in a library, you need to right-click the file or folder in the location where it’s saved, rather than in the library. If you not sure of its location, you can search for it by typing the name in Search programs and files.
Restoring files from a backup
If you have been using Windows Backup, you can restore any backed-up files or folders.
To restore a file from a backup, make sure the media or drive that your backup is saved on is connected and switched on, then:
- Click Start and type Backup into the Search programs and files box
- Click on Backup and Restore from Programs
- Click Restore my files and then follow the steps in the wizard to choose your files or folders
Choose a folder with the correct file version in it. For example, if a file was deleted today, choose a version of the folder from yesterday, which should contain the correct file.
You can then:
- Double-click a file or folder to view the contents
- Use Open to view a file and folder to make sure it’s the version you want
- Drag a file or folder to save it to another location (such as your desktop or another folder) to make a copy. Note: You can’t open or copy previous versions of files that were created by Windows Backup
- Click Restore (with the folder selected) to undo all changes to that folder
If a file or folder replaces a version on your computer, the replacement cannot be undone. If there is any information you need to keep in the updated version, save it with a different file name before starting the restore.