One of the most requested features in the tech space is one where you can retrieve previously deleted items on your PC. For years, people have entered situations where they deleted some documents or media, didn’t have a backup, and just a few days or months later, they require those deleted items. There was no concrete solution to this problem until now. Microsoft has announced their own version of a File Recovery Software, and according to the company, this tool will help you retrieve recently deleted content in just a few moments. There are certain conditions, however, which govern the range of retrieval, but it’s a good start.


How to retrieve deleted documents on Windows 10


The Windows File Recovery tool is a command-line based app that allows you to retrieve content that you may have deleted by mistake. File recovery can happen on local hard drives, USB drives, and even SD cards from cameras. Cloud File recovery is not supported at the moment, so if it’s gone from the cloud, there’s no coming back for now.

We mentioned earlier that there are certain conditions that govern the usage of the Windows File Recovery App, and that is you can use this tool to recover files that have been deleted recently. Once they are overwritten, you cannot recover the files anymore. Microsoft has advised users to use the tool right after they have deleted content by mistake so that the operation will be successful.

Coming to the type of Files you can recover, you’ll be able to use Microsoft’s new tool to recover MP3 files, MP4 videos, PDF documents, JPEG images, and typical Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

Currently, the Windows File Recovery tool comes with one default mode that helps you recover files from NTFS file systems. It can recover content from either a corrupted disk or even a completely formatted one.

Users have requested a second mode that caters to the more popular file systems like FAT, exFAT, and ReFS, and hopefully, we will see that feature come in as well in future iterations.

Let us take a look at how you can use the Windows File Recovery tool on your Windows 10 PC.

Step 1. Right Click on the Windows File Recovery tool and click on the ‘Run as Administrator‘ option.


Step 2. Type ‘winfr‘ in the command prompt window to see all the available file recovery options.


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Step 3. You can now recover the desired files from the corresponding drives and locations. The syntax is as follows

winfr sourcedrive: destinationdrive: [\switch]

Overall, the windows File Recovery tool is a great app that lets you recover deleted files and saves you the time  of creating the document and media content once again.

You can download the Windows File Recovery Tool from the Microsoft Store.