How To Recover Lost Files And System Settings

There are lots of reasons why your files may be missing. Sometimes they get lost due to a hardware or software malfunction. Sometimes they get deleted accidentally. In other cases they get removed or encrypted by a virus or ransomware.

Here we have a list of all possible options to recover your files.

Decrypt Files Locked By A Ransomware

Use our list of current ransomware decryptors and try these tools if your files have been encrypted by a ransomware.

Recover Files From A Backup

There are two backup types, one available for Windows 7 and Windows 10 (Backup and Restore) and another available for Windows 8 and Windows 10 (File History).

Recover Files From Shadow Copies

Another way similar to File History is recovering files from shadow copies. This method works for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.

Use A Professional File Recovery Program

If none of the methods above work you will need to use a professional file recovery program in order to get back your files. This program can recover files if they have been encrypted by a ransomware or even if the disk has been formatted.