How to recover deleted games in Windows 10

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Windows games always save files to keep in-game progress and configuration settings. However, players might sometimes accidentally erase these files.

Usually, some useful game files are mistaken for unnecessary records and are deleted.

There is still some chance players can restore deleted games, and that’s especially the case if they’ve taken precautions to back up game data.

How can I restore deleted games?

1. Use a recovery tool

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Using a dedicated recovery tool such as Recoverit Data Recovery is the safest method because it will restore exactly the necessary files.

Besides, you can use the tool not just for a simple recovery, but also for more complex operations that involve database recovery in case of lost partitions, system crash, or virus infection.

Recoverit is compatible with hundreds of document, audio, and video formats and can recover data from both internal and external sources.

Recovering your games files with Recoverit is a four-step process, installation included:

  1. Download the tool using the button below.
  2. Scan your system to find the missing files.
  3. Preview the files
  4. Recover the files in the desired location.
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2. Check the Recycle Bin

  1. Open the Recycle Bin. The Recycle Bin how to recover deleted games in windows 10
  2. Have a look through the deleted files and select a game file to restore.
  3. Then press the Restore the selected items button.

3. Use File History

  1. Type File Explorer in the home screen search bar and open it.
  2. Right-click the folder that includes the game that’s missing some files and select Properties. (It’s possible that the game includes subfolders with the saving files.)Properties window how to recover deleted games in windows 10
  3. Select the Previous Versions tab.Previous Versions tab how to recover deleted games in windows 10
  4. Select the version that should include copies of the deleted saved games.
  5. Then press the Apply button, and select the OK option to exit.

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4. Check out GameSave Manager

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GameSave Manager is a freeware game backup software used to store current versions of a particular game. By using this tool, you can recover deleted files in the future.

In this particular case, the tool is useful only if you’re already familiar with it. Namely, if you do have a previously archived version of the game.

You can download the tool from the GameSave Manager website at any time and make sure you have handy backups of all your favorite games.

So, that’s how you can recover deleted game saves in Windows 10. If you have other ideas on this topic, share them with us in the comments below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and was updated and revamped in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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