How to Restore Files from Windows 10 with or without Backup?

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2021-07-22 / Update for  Data Recovery

The importance of backing up your data cannot be underscored enough. In case you of a virus attack, hardware or software malfunction, or accidental deletion of important data, you can easily get back your data. Windows 10 has a handy feature that allows you to set up a backup and restore your files should you lose your data in future. This can be done by using File History in the settings app. This article explains how to restore files from Windows 10 with or without backup.

Part 1: How to Restore Files from Windows 10 Backup?

Step 1: Click the "Windows" icon located at the bottom right corner of the screen or simply press the Windows button on your keyboard.

Step 2: Click the "Settings" icon: it resembles a gear.


Step 3: Click the "Update & Security" button under settings.

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Step 4: Click "Backup" and under "Back up using File History" toggle on the "Automatically back up my files" option.

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Step 5: Click the "More options" button.

Step 6: Click "Restore files from a current backup".

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Step 7: Type the name of the file you wish to restore in the Search box located on the top right corner of the window and use arrows to navigate to different files and folders.

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Step 8: Select the files and click the "restore" button: an arrow that rotates left against a green background.

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That is how to restore individual files from windows 10 backup.

Part 2: How to Restore Windows 10 Files without Backup?

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Step 1: Download and install 4DDiG Windows.

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Step 2: Select the location in which the lost files were saved and click "Scan".

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Step 3: Then you'll see the following interface which displays the lost files.

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Step 4: Preview the lost data and select the files you wish to recover and click "Recover" to commence recovery.

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Step 5: Choose a file location in which you want the recovered data to be saved and click "Ok" to complete recovery.

(Note: 4DDiG Recovery performs a quick scan by default. Select Deep Scan to perform a sector by sector data scan. There's also an option to directly recover the file by searching the file name in the search bar. Users can also Pause, Stop and Continue the recovery process, export and import scan status saved in a .res file extension.)

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Restoring files from Windows 10 backup is simple and straight-forward. If you had not created a backup, 4DDiG for Windows Data Recovery is a handy, functional tool.

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