Windows File Recovery is an application to find files deleted or deleted from Windows Recycle Bin. Its use goes through command lines (it has no graphical interface). Windows File Recovery works on Windows 11 and Windows 10 (version 2004 and later).
Sometimes it happens that we delete files considered obsolete or that we delete by mistake or accidentally important files. When the file is still in the Recycle Bin, it’s fine, but when you or a cleaning software emptied the Windows Recycle Bin, what are your chances of recovering a deleted file?
Windows File Recovery (winfr) is a free and efficient tool developed by Microsoft that can save your life by recovering deleted files from a computer. Here, we are going to see how to install and use Windows File Recovery to restore lost, deleted or deleted files from Recycle Bin on Windows 11.
Recover Deleted Files with Windows File Recovery in Windows 11
- Open the Microsoft Store app and go to the Windows File Recovery page using the search bar.
- Then click GET to download and install the app.
- Press Launch to open the application.
- You land on a Command Prompt window with the various instructions for using Windows File Recovery.
Note: You can access Windows File Recovery via the winfr.exe command from a command prompt running as administrator. You can also open “Windows File Recovery” from the Start Menu or Search.
- Before going any further into the recovery commands, create a folder where you will drop your recovered files (Suppose the folder name is Recover). It is recommended to create this folder on a different drive than the one on which you lost or deleted your files (a USB drive or an external drive will do just fine).
- Return to the command prompt.
- Windows File Recovery is accessible via the winfr command. The syntax is as follows:
winfr source-drive: destination-folder [/switches]
For example, winfr C: D: \ Recover / regular / n Users \ <user> \ Downloads \
- Windows File Recovery offers two possible recovery modes:
1. Regular: The standard recovery option for uncorrupted NTFS drives. Use for recently deleted files on an NTFS drive.
2. Extensive: Full recovery option suitable for all file systems. Use for files deleted on a FAT / exFAT drive or files deleted a long time ago on an NTFS drive (option to be used also after formatting or on a corrupted drive).
- Suppose we want to recover all files with the .docx extension that were deleted on the C drive and save them to the D: \ Recover folder. Type the following command then press Y to continue:
winfr C: D: \ Recover / r / n * .docx
Windows File Recovery will search and recover in standard mode all the .docx files deleted from drive C and place them in the Recover directory located on drive D.
- The process usually takes several minutes. When finished, hit the Y key to navigate to the folder where your recovered files are saved.
Note: It sometimes happens that duplicates appear, the process is then interrupted and you are asked to choose between:
(o) overwrite: overwrite the previous file
(s) skip: skip this step
(a) always overwrite: always overwrite the previous file
(n) never overwrite: never overwrite the previous file
(k) keep both once: keep both files for this time
keep (b) both always: always keep both files
- Enter the Documents directory (since these are .docx files) then into docx.
- Find your lost or deleted files.
That’s it; now you know how to use Windows File Recovery to find lost, deleted or deleted files from Recycle Bin.
For more information, see Microsoft’s documentation: aka ms/winfrhep