Recover lost or deleted files

Applies to: Windows 7

If you can't find a file on your computer or you accidently modified or deleted a file, you can restore it from a backup (if you're using Windows backup) or you can try to restore it from a previous version. Previous versions are copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point. Previous versions are sometimes referred to as shadow copies.
Restoring files from a backup
To restore a file from a backup, make sure the media or drive that your backup is saved on is available, and then follow these steps:

To restore files from a backup

  1. Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button
    The Start button
    , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore.
  2. Click Restore my files, and then follow the steps in the wizard.