How to Recover Deleted Files on Windows 8

Accidently deleted files on Windows 8? Empted the Recycle bin and wanted to recover deleted files on Windows 8? File deletion is an everyday occurrence. So what you have to do is to guard against data loss before it happens and restore deleted files on your Windows 8/8.1 PC like Samsung, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, etc.

Have tried great efforts for deleted files recovery on Windows 8? To save your time and effort, you must know the 2 methods below to recover deleted files from Windows 8: File History or Data Recovery Professional.

  • Method 1: How to Recover Deleted Files on Windows 8 with Files History?
  • Method 2: How to Perform Deleted File Recovery in Windows 8 with Data Recovery Professional?
  • Method 1:How to Recover Deleted Files on Windows 8 with Files History?

    Like the Time Machine on Mac OS X, File History in Windows 8 can make a backup of all your personal files and offer you an option to retrieve deleted files on Windows 8. However, it can only back up files stored in libraries, desktop, favorites & contact folder. Moreover, it may not comply with the security, access & retention policies of Microsoft. If you find it unworkable, go to Data Recovery Professional.

    To use File History to backup your data, you need to enable it first before you lost files. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History & turn it on.

    To restore deleted files on Windows 8 using File History, you can go to the Windows file explorer and select or tap the history button under the Home menu. And then undelete data according to the cues.

    Alternatively, you can swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search, type "restore your files" in the search box, tap Settings, and tap "Restore your files with File History". Then type the specific file and select what you want to restore. Tap "Restore" button.

    Method 2: How to Perform Deleted File Recovery in Windows 8 with Data Recovery Professional?

    Unlike File History which may not be compatible with your Windows OS, Data Recovery Professional (compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP) is the 100% workable data recovery tool on Windows 8 to recover all the deleted files, including photos, music, docs, emails, zip files, PPTs, videos, etc. in 550+ file formats, no matter how you lost them, emptied from Recycle Bin, files originally Shift + Delete keys or deleted from DOS prompt.

    • 1. Download and run Data Recovery Professional on your Windows 8 PC after installation.
    • 2. Select the file types you want to recover and then click on Next to select the partition you lost files. Click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files.
    • 3. After scanning, you are allowed to preview your deleted photos and music files. Select the files you want and click "Recover".

    After you choose a path to save your files, all the deleted data are back as if they have never gone before. However, sometimes you may want to delete unnecessary files on your drives so that your PC will run faster. If you are in this case, do as follows.

    How to Delete unnecessary Files?

    The following steps delete files associated with your user account. You can also use Disk Cleanup to delete system files on your PC.

    • 1. Open "Disk Cleanup". To do so, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap "Search" (or point to the upper-right corner of the screen with your mouse, move the mouse pointer down and click "Search"), type "Disk Cleanup" in the search box, and tap or click "Settings" and "Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files".
    • 2. In the Drives list, tap or click the drive that you want to clean up and then tap or click "OK".
    • 3. The Disk Cleanup dialog will pop up. Select the check box from the Disk Cleanup tab for the file types that you want to delete and tap or click "OK".
    • 4. Tap or click "Delete files" in the pop-up message.

    For more information about deleting system files, you can visit Microsoft official website:

    If you accidently deleted the wrong files and emptied the Recycle bin, use Data Recovery Professional to help you recover all your deleted files on Windows 8.

    / Posted by Jerry Cook to Data Recovery Follow @Jerry Cook