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How to restore deleted files from Windows 8.1?

Updated on 08 05, 2020 | Tutorials

It happens to almost everyone. You accidentally deleted important files or valuable data from Windows 8.1. Then you might realize the requirement of the file and you will search for a solution to get files back. However, there are plenty of solutions available and it’s hard to decide which to use. Here we provides effective solutions that help restore deleted files from Windows 8.1. You can choose the proper one based on your actual situations.

Window 8.1

Reasons for Data Loss on Window 8.1

There are certain inevitable scenarios that can lead to permanent data loss on Windows 10. Here are some common reasons for data loss:

  • Press Shift + Delete key to erase files
  • Accidental delete files from command prompt
  • Set not move files to recycle bin
  • Erase files from external storage devices
  • Infection with virus and malware
  • Empty the recycle bin

In the above scenarios, files will get completely removed from the system but not be permanently erased from system. They stay on the same location but become inaccessible and invisible by the system. This happens because the system just removes the reference of files and marks the original space as available for new data. As long as the files was not overwritten by new data, you still can recover deleted files from Windows 8.1. Thus, please stop using the system immediately.

How to Restore Deleted Files from Window 8.1?

When faced with data loss on Window 8.1, there are several ways to restore deleted files. With any luck, you can choose one of them to successfully recover deleted files. Here are three methods to restore deleted files from Windows 8.1.

Recover deleted files from recycle bin

Once you delete a file, it will go straight to the recycle bin. If you find yourself accidentally deleted files, it is much easier to get them back if they are still in the recycle bin. You just need to open the recycle bin, right click on the file and click Restore to get deleted files back. Or you can directly drag them out of the recycle bin.

recycle bin

Recover from previous version

What if you have emptied the recycle bin? If you have set up a restoring point, lost files can be easily found. Steps to restore deleted files are as follows:

Step 1. Go to start menu > all programs > maintenance > backup and restore

Step 2. Simply press restoring to the time where your files were not deleted

Or you can right click on the folder that used to contain the deleted files, go to property, press previous version from the top bar and then simply select the restoring point when your files still exist.

Recover deleted files using Data Recovery Master

Even if you have emptied the recycle bin and there is no backup, you still can effortlessly recover deleted files from Windows 8.1 with the help of a data recovery tool. Data Recovery Master, an excellent and professional data recovery software suggested by many customers and experts to perform recovery process. This software is enriched with powerful scanning mechanism to easily restore deleted files that have bypassed recycle bin folder and got deleted beyond manual recovery process. It is capable of recovering all types of files like document, graphic, audio, video, email and other file types from Windows 8.1 after accidental deletion or other data loss scenario. It fully supports Windows 7, 8, 10. This utility also can get deleted files back from external hard drive, pen drive, memory card and other storage devices formatted with FAT, NTFS, exFAT file systems.

To restore deleted files from Windows 8.1, you should follow these steps:

Step 1. Download and install RecoveryMaster. Please do not install the program to the path where you lost files.

Step 2. Launch the program, select the drive for scanning. The scanning process will take several minutes, depending on the size of your device.

select the drive

Step 3. Select and preview the files you want to restore

preview the files

Step 4. Click Recover to get files back and save them to new location

Recover to get files back

Just a few clicks, you can successfully get your files back. What makes it particularly attractive is that it provides users with free trail version to test how it can work for you. Furthermore, this software is absolutely secure and can protect your computer from virus attack.

Tips to protect your data

For computer users, you may encounter unexpected data loss. Thus, you’d better always backup important files from Windows 8.1 to an external hard drive. Furthermore, you can make use of powerful antivirus tool to avoid virus infection on Windows 8.1.


Losing data can be stressful and panic. If you want to restore deleted files from Windows 8.1 effortlessly and successfully, it’s best to use the reliable data recovery software Data Recovery Master. It can restore deleted files from Windows 10 with a few clicks.



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