How to Recover Deleted Files after Windows 10 Feature Update

A desire to recover the lost files and folders must be there in most people, especially after the recent Windows 10 October 2018 Update v1809. If you are one of them, this post is for you. Since many users have reported that they lost tons of files from their user directories like Photos, Music, and documents. office setup

Although there might come a time when you’ll feel helpless and won’t be able to do anything about the files that have been deleted, there are possibilities that you may be able to recover those files after the Windows 10 Update without any trouble.

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Recover deleted User data files and folders after Windows 10 Update

Windows Update system always backs up your all files present in C drive (C drive is a default place where Windows is installed). These files are backed up as a copy of C drive including Users folders which contain App Data, Documents, Desktop, Favorites, Links, and more. Thus, the backup is premeditated. In case of any problem throughout the update, Windows rolls back to the prior version and uses these files.

The backup of these files after the Windows Update is kept in “Windows.old” folder in the C drive. In case you want to restore these files, remember that they are only available for the next ten days.

Also, you can delete these files in order to free up space after doing a Windows 10 Feature Update. So if you haven’t yet rushed through deleting those files, all your files can be recovered from that folder.

Steps to recover deleted/lost files after Windows 10 Feature Update

To recover the lost files after Windows 10 Feature Update, you need to:

  • Go to the following location:
  • C:\Windows.old\Users\XYZ

Note: XYZ is given as a username here.

  • This location will have all the User folders and lost files in place for that user.
  • At last, all you need is to copy the files which you need to any location you want.

That’s all. Congrats! You have now successfully recovered your deleted/lost files after Windows 10 Feature Update.

Harry Williams is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Harry Williams has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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