After installing an update to Windows 10, you might not be able to access your files. This is because the new operating system automatically updates files and programs in the background as well. Also, Windows 10 updates apps and services automatically. Some of these updates can break the user experience and make the operating system feel uncomfortable.
This is why it’s important to know how to restore your files after an update to Windows 10. Here are some ways you can do it and get back to your normal life.
How to Restore Files after Updating Windows 10
If you want data recovery after an update of Windows 10, you need to use the File History function or a tool like iTop Data Recovery. Here is how it works:
- Open your Control Panel in Windows 10 and go to System and Security.
- Click on the Back up Your Files button from the left menu.
- A window will open up where you can select your external drive or network location to back up your files and then click the Next button.
- If you need to add a file, click on Add Files and navigate to the folder with the file. You can also remove existing files by clicking on Edit Backup Plan and then clicking Remove File.
- Select a destination for your back-ups, such as an external hard drive or network location, and click next again. Select whether you want to save copies of your backups automatically and click save settings when done. This way, if something happens again with Windows 10, you will be able to restore all of your important data without losing any information.
Open File History
Open File History and then click “Restore Previous Versions.” The File History screen will appear showing you all the versions of files that have been saved. Select the version of your file that was saved before the update, and then go back to work with a restored file.
Uninstall the Update
If you’ve had a bad experience with an update, you can uninstall it. You don’t have to keep the update on your computer if it makes your life more difficult. If you are not sure how to uninstall an update, follow these steps: Click on the Windows button and search for “view installed updates.” Click on Uninstall Updates. Select the updates that you do not want and click Uninstall. Reopen your files once the updates have been uninstalled.
Create a System Image
Whether you use data recovery software, go to Settings > Update & security > Backup and restore, creating a system image is the best way to restore your files. This will make sure that any changes made during the installation of Windows 10 will be reverted.
Reset Your Computer to Factory Settings
If you’ve lost your files after an update to Windows 10 and you don’t know what to do, there are a few steps you can take to get them back. The first step is resetting your computer to factory settings. This will delete everything on the computer and then reinstall Windows 10. You might lose some of your personal files but it would bring back all the system files that were deleted during the upgrade process.