Windows File Recovery: How to Recover Deleted Files with Microsoft's New Tool

Windows File Recovery

When working with different files in Windows, it is possible that due to one reason or another you have some oversight or problem, and finally delete something that you need completely later, without the possibility of recovering it by default after having emptied the trash, for example.

This is a problem that seems difficult to solve taking into account its apparent seriousness, but the truth is that it is often easier to solve than it seems. Until now, you had to go to third-party programs if you wanted to try to solve it, but given that it is a fairly frequent error, Microsoft has decided release a new tool for your system that allows you to try to recover deleted files: Windows File Recovery.

This is how Windows File Recovery works, Microsoft's deleted file recovery tool

In this case, we are talking about a relatively recent tool, since the truth is that it has been available for Windows for quite a short time. Therefore, its compatibility is limited to Windows 10, and especially it seems that it works better with may update of the system. Taking this data into account, and that the program lacks a graphical interface as such, to obtain it you must go to the Microsoft Store and download the program on your computer.

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The download step in question is quite simple, since if you have already signed in with a Microsoft account on your computer, you will only have to press the button Get and in a few seconds it will be available. With this done, you will have to open it and, each time you do this, the program itself will request administrator permissions for security reasons and to be able to act on the equipment.

Windows File Recovery

At the top of the command console window, some of the basic instructions that can be used with Windows File Recovery (in English) will be displayed. Its use is somewhat complex if a command console has not been used before. o CMD (command prompt), since it can only be used in this way at the moment as it lacks a graphical interface.

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Taking this into account, the structure used as the basis for the commands is as follows: winfr unidadorigen: unidaddestino: [switches]. By parts, in unidadorigen: you must enter the drive letter on which you want to recover the files (usually it will be C:, since this is where the Windows installation is usually located); in the part of unidaddestino: you will have to select the location where you prefer the recovered files to be stored, for example on the removable drive D:, and, the section of [switches] will be where you will have to place the action to be taken through the program according to the instructions that it indicates.

At this point, since you may not understand very well how to use this command, we are going to move on to some demonstrations of the use of the program. These are examples that you should adapt to your conditions as such, but you can get an idea of ​​the possible uses:

  • winfr C: D: /n \Users\<usuario>\Documentos\Documento1.docx: used to try to recover the file Document1.docx, stored in the specified path (substituting  by username) within disk C:. Upon recovery it will be moved to a folder on the drive D:.
  • winfr C: D: /n \Users\<usuario>\Descargas: used to try to recover the contents of the folder Downloads, located on the specified path (substituting by username) within disk C:. Upon recovery it will be moved to a folder on the drive D:.
  • winfr D: E: /r /n *.pdf /n *.xlsx: used to try to recover any file with formats . Pdf o . Xlsx, stored in the unit D:. Upon recovery they will be moved to a folder on the drive E:.
  • winfr C: D: /r /n *telefonos*: it is used to try to recover any file with the name phone stored in the unit C:regardless of its format. Upon recovery it will be moved to a folder on the drive D:.
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With all this in mind, you should already be able to recover your deleted files in different possible cases. If everything goes well and the program manages to obtain the file you wanted, it will be stored in a new folder within the drive you have chosen as destination, which will be named recovery_ [date]. You should be able to use them again without any problem.

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