How Can You Recover Lost Files After Windows Update

Part 1 – Files Gone after Windows Update

To tell the truth, a lot of people are satisfied with the performance of computer after Windows update. However, there are still a small number of users who wish that they had never finished the update. Originally, Windows update is a pretty exciting thing, but things will turn totally different if you fail to find some needed files after the update. The best way, we think, to get rid of such a dilemma is to recover lost files after Windows update as soon as possible.

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Here, we suggest you chose the free edition or an advanced edition with the snap-in WinPE bootable builder of MiniTool Power Data Recovery in different cases to carry out file recovery with ease (the bootable builder is able to help you access the internal hard drive when it's corrupted or when the system won't boot). Please take it easy even though you haven’t done recovery work independently. MiniTool Power Data Recovery is equipped with wizard-style interfaces, which means you don’t need to have any experience before you plan to recover files after Windows update with this tool (the operation instructions can be found in each interface of the software).

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note Note:
The free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery allows you to recover 1GB of data and it doesn’t contain the snap-in bootable builder. If you need to recover more than 1GB of data with free edition or need to recover any data from the inaccessible computer, you must get a license.

In part 2, we'll offer 2 solutions for you to recover lost files in 2 different cases. You can choose the one you're in need of to read and then follow the steps carefully to get back all files gone after Windows update. And in part 3, we'll analyze Windows update in detail, to help people have a better understanding of this function. Finally, we'll give a brief summary of the whole article content in part 4. Now, let's get to the point – how to recover files missing after Windows update.

Part 2 – Try This to Recover Lost Files after Windows Update

In general, the system C drive will be replaced after Windows upgrade, so many files or archives stored here before will be lost. Thus, before the update, users are strongly advised to back up the entire PC hard drive (if possible) or at least back up the useful files in system drive. However, few users will do this since:

a). it is time-consuming;
b). many people don't have an extra disk to complete the backup.

This is how they make themselves in trouble. But don't worry if you are one of them. The solutions we'll show now are going to be your lifesaver.

Windows Update Stuck

"I am having an issue with my laptop. W7 updated and it has been stuck at the ‘Please do not power off or unplug your machine. Installing update 1 of 1' screen for over 6 hours. I need to get this laptop out the door for a trip out of town on business. What is wrong and how do I fix it?"

– asked by FrogSteaks in Microsoft Community

The statistics show that Windows update stuck is a common problem that bothers lots of users. Though the error messages are not the same, the result could be only one: Windows stuck on a screen, stopping you from entering the system or accessing the hard drive.

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Under this circumstance, people care the most about 2 things: one is how to recover files from computer and the other is how to repair the system to make it bootable again. Now, we'll put our focus on "How to recover data from unbootable computer".

solution 1

Step 1: you need to build a boot USB/CD/DVD disk with the bootable edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery on another computer. (You can use the Media Builder embedded in MiniTool Personal Deluxe to accomplish this under guidance.)

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Step 2: take out the boot disk you've just made and then connect it to your own computer. Then, restart your computer and press corresponding button to enter the BIOS/CMOS setup. After that, adjust the boot order of your computer, making USB/CD-ROM (based on the type of device you used to create boot disk) the first boot device. Now, save changes and exit to restart computer again.

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Step 3: click on the first option to enter the main interface of MiniTool Power Data Recovery V7.5 (please remember to connect another drive to the computer in order to store the recovered data in the last step). Then, choose "Damaged Partition Recovery" module to recover files from existing partitions or choose "Lost Partition Recovery" to recover files from missing partitions.

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Step 4: select the target disk/partition to scan by pressing "Full Scan" button in the lower right corner. Then, wait for the completion of the scan. When it is over, you ought to browse and check the files you need from scan result and then click on "Save" button to choose a storage destination for them. In the end, you only need to click on "OK" button to confirm all your selections.

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note Note:
Data recovery is not suggested unless you really need to access data urgently or you have waited for the update for a very long time & there's no progress.

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If you want to know more about how to build the boot disk with MiniTool Bootable Media Builder or how to recover files from a hard drive that won't boot, please read Operating System Not Found Error Appears, How To Recover Data thoroughly. To know more about how to deal with failing hard drive on Mac, please read this post.

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Windows Update Deleted My Files

"Hi guys please help, I was using my computer just fine as usual, all of a sudden I get a blue screen with this message: Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you.

It restarted my computer and literally everything has gone from my computer now, all my downloads, documents, internet history, iTunes library. Everything gone. I've gone to system restore it says there is no back up file to draw from. What the hell happened? Have I seriously lost all of my files forever? Why and how did this even happen? Please help someone."

– asked by omogwhyyousohard on CNET Forum

We find many people put forward their problem – "I restarted my computer and everything is gone" and ask for help after Windows update. And we find this happens frequently to users, who have finished updating their system to Windows 10.

You must look for Windows update troubleshooter if you're one of the victims, right? We strongly recommend that you seek for files missing after windows 10 update immediately before you take any measures to try to fix computer settings.

solution 2

Step 1: run the free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery you download (please connect the removable disk to computer now if you prefer to save the recovered files here since you're not allowed to save them to the original location).

Step 2: choose the most proper module from software main interface and then select the correct drive to scan in the following interface.

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Step 3: browse the scan result and check the files you'd like to recover from it. After that, press "Save" button and set a storage path for the lost files waiting to be recovered. At last, press "OK" button to confirm and let software finish the recovery automatically.

When all files are saved to the place you selected, you'll see a prompt window in software and at this time, you can go to check the files and close software.
solution 3

If you've got back all files missing after Windows 10 update, you can try the following methods to see whether they can fix your Windows update problem:

a). Some people say this problem may be a case of a corrupted account, so you can try to log out and then re-sign into the correct account (logon as administrator).
b). You can also try a System Restore.
c). "Chkdsk" command may take effect in a few cases.

note Note:
What if "Chkdsk" command has deleted your useful files? Please read I Find CHKDSK Deleted My Data – How To Recover Them to find the answer.

Apart from those 2 situations, there are also other problems you may meet; please feel free to leave us a message at the end of the article and we’ll see whether we’re able to drag you out or not.

Part 3 – About Windows Update You May Not Know

If you have enabled automatic Windows update, there will be a notification in computer when a new update is out. You can choose to get the new update or not; it's up to you. If you disable the automatic update, you can also choose to turn it on to get the new update manually. You can make your choice on the basis of your actual needs.

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Right now, we're feeling like to tell you how to enable/disable automatic update and how to deal with Windows update not working problem.

How to Enable/Disable Automatic Update Function

In a Windows system, the automatic update function is enabled by default. The biggest advantage of having this function enabled is that it helps to gain and use the latest patch whenever it’s out. But frankly speaking, this function is not so practical for most of the individual users and even business users due to mainly 3 reasons:

1). The update may cause a system error.
2). The unstable update will affect the stability and speed of the system.
3). The Windows update may delete files that are important to you.

note Note:
All of the following operations are performed in a Windows 7 Enterprise system.

How to turn on Windows automatic update if it's turned off somehow:
  • Access Windows Update main window:
    a). right-click on "Computer" & choose "Properties" -> choose "Windows Update" from left panel.
    b). click on "Start" button from lower left corner & choose "Control Panel" -> if you view by "Category", select "System and Security" and then select "Windows Update"; of you view by "Large icons"/"Small icons", select "Windows Update" directly.
  • Turn on automatic update: choose "Change settings" option from left panel of "Windows Update" window -> choose "Install updates automatically (recommended)" from the drop-down menu of "Important updates" -> click on "OK" button to confirm changes. (You're also allowed to set a specific time to install the update)

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How to turn off Windows automatic update when you don't need this:
  • Access Windows Update main window by the ways we mentioned above or you find on the internet.
  • Turn off automatic update: choose "Change settings" from the left panel -> choose an option from the drop-down menu of "Important updates" (except for the first one) -> press "OK" to confirm.

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How to Deal with Windows Update Not Working Problem

Sometimes, when you prepare to check and install the update, you may unluckily be stuck on "Checking for updates". As far as we know, there're lots of reasons that could lead to this problem. Thus, this happens frequently and bothers many people. Noticing this, we'd like to offer some useful tips for you.

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5 useful tips:
  • Please make sure that your system is clean, having no virus.
  • Please confirm that you are running an activated genuine copy of Windows.
  • If you're using Windows 7, please make sure that it is running with Service Pack 1 (please install it when necessary).
  • Be sure that you have a stable internet connection so as to access Microsoft Windows Update service without trouble.
  • Restart your computer to have a try.

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Part 4 – Brief Summary

Many problems happen during Windows update; for instance, you may be stuck in the update progress or you may surprisingly find you've lost files after Windows 10 update. At this time, please don't ask yourself – where are my documents in Windows 10 (or other systems) – again and again.

The right thing to do in such case is to seize time to recover lost files after Windows update. Please let MiniTool Power Data Recovery – a smart recovery tool – to help you recover files easily and quickly.

After getting back all lost files, you are advised to know more about Windows automatic update and how to deal with update not working issue.

Please take your time; don't let panic ruin your efforts! Any questions or suggestions on Windows update are welcomed.


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