Microsoft has made available to users a new free tool that we can find in the Windows 10 operating system app store. Windows File Recovery, an application that will help us to recover deleted files in Windows 10. The application has been a surprise, since nobody expected it. Generally when we need to recover files we need to resort to paid applications. Now with Windows File Recovery we will have a completely free application that is available in the Windows application store. Let’s see how it works.
A simple application but without a graphical interface
If you want to try the new Windows File Recovery application, the first thing you will have to do is download and install it. To do this you simply have to go to the Windows 10 application store, search for it and click on Get. We leave you a direct link to the application to make it even easier.
Unfortunately, we may have the first problem in this simple step. And it is that you can skip a message indicating that we do not have any applicable device linked to our Microsoft account. Why is this happening? Because the new tool Windows File Recovery is only compatible with the latest version of Windows 10, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update or version 2004. And the problem is that this update is not yet available for the vast majority of computers.
The second drawback that we see to the new Microsoft application is that It does not have a graphical interface. That is to say, to use it we will have to do it through the command line. And not all users control this interface.
If you know a little English and have ever seen the applications that are used through the command line, surely you can use the application without problems. As a summary we can tell you that the application is launched using the command “winfr”, followed by the drive where the file to be recovered was and where we want the recovered file to be saved. After the source and destination folders, we will have to indicate to the application in what way we want it to perform the scan. We will do this with a / followed by the corresponding letter.
According to Microsoft’s support website, Windows File Recovery offers three modes. The mode Default It is recommended for files recently deleted from a hard drive with an NTFS file system. The second way is Segment, recommended to recover files deleted more time ago, after formatting the disk or if the files were on a corrupt disk. Finally there is the mode Signature, designed to recover files from a disk that is formatted with the FAT, exFAT or ReFS file systems.
Let’s see an example. Let’s say that we want to recover a document called balance.docx that we had in the Documents folder of the user tuexperto on the main disk of the computer (C :). The backup of this document we want to store in the D: drive, the second disk of the computer that we use as a warehouse. The command to use (with Windows in Spanish) would be the following:
winfr C: D: / n Users yourexpert Documents balance.docx
This is only a small example for the cases in which we are looking for a specific file, but the tool has many more possibilities. For example, we can tell the tool that recover all jpeg and png photos from the photos folder and save them in a folder in our recovery drive (D: in our example):
winfr C: D: / n Users your expert Images *. JPEG / n Users your expert Images *. PNG
These two commands, and many more, can be found on the Microsoft support website. Here you have multiple examples of what we can do with the new Windows File Recovery application.
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