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Contemporary Windows operating systems such as Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7 offer users the ability to restore their system to a previous state, providing a reliable solution for resolving issues or errors. However, there are specific requirements that users must meet before initiating the reset process. This article aims to provide comprehensive guidance on recovering deleted files following a Windows 8/8.1 system reset.

Why Would Someone Need Resetting?

There are some reasons due to which the user is left with only one option, and that is resenting the system. Let’s discuss those situations:

  • The system slows down.
  • Windows keeps on freezing or not responding.
  • The system keeps on crashing
  • Blue screen appearing very frequently.

These are a few situations in which a user may need to reset Windows. But sometimes, a user may unknowingly reset the PC, which can be disastrous. If the same thing has happened to you too, then keep reading the blog.

How to Recover Files after Windows 8/8.1 Reset with Backup?

If you are resetting your Windows knowingly, then I expect that you have already created a backup. An updated backup always come handy in any uncertainty. If you have one, then you have lost nothing after this reset. Now you just need to bring it to the working state by following the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Connect the external drive in which you have created and saved the backup.
  2. Once attached properly, access it and check your backed-up data.
  3. Now, either select all data at once, or only that data which you want to have on your system.
  4. Now, move the data to the system (by copying & pasting); you need to wait until the process is finished.
  5. Once everything you have selected is transferred, check it on your system, and you are done.

Regrettably, this scenario pertains solely to individuals who have already secured a backup of their data. If you find yourself without a backup of your system’s data, you must explore dependable and guaranteed methods to create one. In the following discussion, we will delve into such an approach.

How To Recover Files After Windows 8/8.1 Reset Without Backup?

In the absence of any backup, your sole recourse for retrieving lost data is through the utilization of a third-party automated solution. Kernel for Windows Data Recovery Software stands out as a dependable tool capable of recovering lost data for any reason, regardless of the Windows version in use. Now, let’s delve into how this tool operates:

  1. First, download and install the software correctly on your system. Once installed successfully, run the tool.
  2. Once the tool is open, select the recovery mode. Here for a demo, we are going for Quick Scan.Kernel for Windows Data Recovery
  3. Here, select the partition from which you want to recover the data. Once selected, click on the Next partition to recover the data
  4. In the next step, the tool will provide you the drive information (of the one you have selected). Click on Next after reading.Click on Next button
  5. As you click on the Next button, the tool will start the recovery process and will show the progress on your screen. You can opt to hide the progress by clicking on the Hide Progress button; doing this will fasten the recovery process for you.Searching data
  6. Once the recovery process is over, the tool will bring all the data on the screen. As I was using the Quick Scan mode, the tool showed the notification saying that if anything is missing, you can go for the Deep Scan mode.Select files & folders to recover
  7. Now, select any file you want to view, and the tool will show its preview on the screen. Once you are satisfied with the recovered items, click on the Recover button to proceed any file you want to view
  8. As you click on the Recover button, the tool will prompt a dialogue box to provide a destination to the file. Select a location and click on the OK button. click on the Recover button
  9. After providing a destination, the saving process will start. Wait for the process to finish.Saving the data
  10. Once it is done, click on the OK button.Files savedOnce the file is saved, you can check it on your system. By following the above-mentioned steps, you can recover everything you have lost.


In this blog post, we’ve explored scenarios where users might find it necessary to reset their PC. The focus of this article is on recovering lost data following a Windows reset. Our method of choice for data recovery is Kernel for Windows Data Recovery, an automated tool designed to swiftly and seamlessly recover deleted files and data after a reset. This tool excels at restoring lost data while preserving the integrity of the original files. For additional information about this tool, please visit its dedicated page on our website.

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