Wednesday 10 October 2018

How to recover files deleted by Windows 10 October 2018 Update aka v1809 update

recover files deleted by Windows 10 October 2018 Update aka v1809 update
Microsoft recently rolled out its Windows 10 October 2018 update which changes the Windows version to 1809 but things didn't go well, as expected. It is not a new thing when Microsoft Windows 10 updates messes with the PCs so I'm actually not too surprised if the update deleted the user files. Recovering files deleted by Windows 10 October 2018 Update is getting hard for users and Microsoft both. After the complaints received by users, Microsoft paused the update and stared working on the fix. The bug has been fixed and Microsoft is testing it among the insiders to get more feedback from the insiders.
It is strange that the bug was already reported to Microsoft months ago by so many Insiders but without paying attention to the reports, Microsoft rolled out the update which caused data loss for many users. As Microsoft says, the data loss issue was tied to a Windows 10 feature known as "Known Folder Redirection". Because of the malfunction of this feature, new folders like "Documents", "Pictures" etc were created and the old folders were erased which took away the data stored in those folders. Microsoft representatives say that Microsoft Tech Support team has tools to recover the data but the truth is, the Tech Support guys are completely clueless about any such tool. In Microsoft, tech support guys aren't allowed to use any third party software which makes it really difficult for them to fix the issues quickly. For example, if your PC runs slow, Microsoft Tech Support executive would use "System Internal Tools" provided by Microsoft but that is not very effective. You can speed up your PC just in 5 minutes if you use any third party tool like AVG PC Tuneup Utility. But let's not talk about these things, let's know how to recover your deleted files:

Recover files deleted by Windows 10 October 2018 Update

As per my knowledge, if you try to perform system restore or switch back to previous version of Windows, you won't get your files back deleted by the Windows 10 October 2018 update, but still you are in luck because you can use a few tools, or better to say, data recovery tools to bring your files back from the dead. There are so many free and paid data recovery tools available in the market so it is upto you that whether you want to use the free software or the paid one. If you want to use the free tool, I would recommend using "Piriform Recuva". This tool can really be a life saver for the users who lost their files because of the Windows 10 October 2018 update. Not only this, you can recover any other file too which you accidentally deleted and is no longer available in the recycle bin. You can use "Wise Data Recovery" too as an alternative and this tool also is available for free.

If you want to go for the paid software, you may use "OnTrack EasyRecovery Professional" software. This is a great software which can recover big files too. As an alternative, you may use "EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro" and "Disk Drill Professional" software too.

One more way is there which doesn't work most of the times, but you may give it a try. Just right click on the Documents folder and click "Restore Previous Version" and check if your have any old version of the folder available. If yes, then select the old version from the list and click "Restore".

If you use any of these tools to recover your files, I'm sure you would get your data back which was deleted by the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. I'd recommend using the free tools which I mentioned in the post to make sure that your data is still recoverable. Because using the affected PC would replace the recoverable files and make it difficult to recover them. So avoid using the PC if the files were deleted and run the data recovery tools as soon as possible to avoid the permanent loss of your data.

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