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Recover Deleted Files Using The Windows File Recovery Tool: Detailed Guide

After arrival of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft has regularly updated its operating system. Additionally, numerous new features have been added to the Windows 10 OS since its initial release. The latest addition to Windows 10 is Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery Tool. At the time of writing this article, this tool can be used to recover MP3 files, MP4 videos, PDF documents, JPEG images, and typical Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

Files and documents can be recovered from local hard drives, SD cards, USB drives, and several other external storage hardware devices. Unfortunately, the Windows File Recovery application doesn’t support the recovery of deleted files from the cloud storage or network file shares.

In this article, I have shared a detailed guide on the new Windows File Recovery Tool, following which you will be able to recover your deleted files and documents instantly.

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How to Recover Deleted Files Using The New Windows File Recovery App?

NOTE: We advise our readers to use this tool soon after the accidental deletion of files as they can be overwritten soon.

Windows File Recovery

It is worth noting that the Windows File Recovery application can only be installed on Windows computers that have the latest Windows May 2020 (version 2004) update installed. If you have this update installed on your PC, simply open the Microsoft store and search for Windows File Recovery. After successfully installing this application on your PC follow the guide shared in this article to recover deleted files.

Download Windows File Recovery App

Depending on the file type and storage location, Windows File Recovery offers three different options namely Default, Segment, and Signature. The Default Mode comes in clutch for recovering NTFS files with extensions like .JPG, .PNG, .JPEG, and many more. On the other hand, Segment Mode is useful for recovering files across FAT, exFAT, and ReFS file systems. Lastly, Signature Mode is dedicated to recovering files and documents from external storage devices like SD cards.


This File Recover tool for Windows will be installed on your device as a command-line tool, “winfr.exe”. In order to use this tool, you have to launch the Windows 10 Command Prompt as an administrator. To do so navigate to the start button and search for Command Prompt. Next up, right-click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator”.

Before using the tool decide the source-drive and destination-folder for the deleted file. For the sake of this guide, I will recover a PNG file.

  • Once Command Prompt is opened as administrator, type the command winfr C: D: /n *.PNG
  • Confirm the initiation of the process by pressing Y.
  • If your deleted file is recovered quickly use the termination command CTRL+C to stop the recovery process.

The amount of time used for recovering a file heavily relies on the size of the deleted file. As a result, a JPG file will take much less time to recover in comparison to a video file.

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