Restore a Deleted File or Folder

To restore a deleted file or folder

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Computer.
  2. Navigate to the folder that used to contain the file or folder, right-click it, and then click Restore previous versions. If the folder was at the top level of a drive, for example Z:\, right-click the drive, and then click Restore previous versions.
  3. You'll see a list of available previous versions of the file or folder. The list will include files saved on a backup (if you are using Windows Backup to back up your files) as well as restore points, if both types are available.

    To restore a previous version of a file or folder that's included in a library, right-click the file or folder in the location where it's saved, rather than in the library. For example, to restore a previous version of a picture that's included in the Pictures library but is stored in the My Pictures folder, right-click the My Pictures folder, and then click Restore previous versions. For more information about libraries, see Include folders in a library.

  4. The Previous Versions tab, showing some previous versions of files
    Double-click a previous version of the folder that contains the file or folder you want to restore. (For example, if a file was deleted today, choose a version of the folder from yesterday, which should contain the file.)
  5. Drag the file or folder that you want to restore to another location, such as your desktop or another folder.
  6. The version of the file or folder is saved to the location that you selected.