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Deleting files by mistake or by some other unintentional ways is something that usually happens to all of us. I, myself, have also dealt with the same unpleasant experience whenever I use computers.

Recovering files is not the same as deleting them; and, the thing is, some files may never be recovered at all. Accidentally deleted files cause headache especially if those files are of high importance, need to be submitted urgently, or works that we have spent most of our days and nights. Whatever reason it is, the more that we need not to fail to recover them. Don’t lose hope cause the chance of retrieving a newly deleted file is very high! This article will help you.

To recover deleted files in Windows 10 Here, I used a free software. You can go along with me and follow every step given below to recover deleted files in your windows 10 PC.

Recover Deleted Files In Windows 10 Using Recuva (Free Version)

Recuva is a free software and there is also a pro version of it. But, its free version has everything you need. What you loose when use it for free are Virtual hard drive support, Automatic updates and Premium support. The decision is yours if ever you want to purchase it to get all the features of Recuva Pro.

Download Recuva from here

Install Recuva & Open it

To recover deleted files from your Windows 10 PC, first you need to install Recuva. You can install Recuva in two different ways.

  1. Quick install
  2. Custom install

Custom Install

You can go with the custom install if you want to stop creating desktop shortcuts, start menu entries etc.. After selecting the options click on “Install“.

Once installed, uncheck the box “View Release notes” and then click on “Run Recuva“.

In the first initiation, Recuva wizard will be opened. Using the wizard, you can choose which file types you want to recover and where to scan. Do not close it and continue with the wizard by clicking the “Next” button.

Choose the file type to search

If you want to recover a specific file from your Windows 10 PC, you can select it here. Selecting a file type can reduce the scan time a lot. But, if you want to recover multiple files such as photos, videos, etc., select the “all files” option and click on Next button to go to the next step.

Select file location

You can select the location where the file was deleted; you can also save a lot of time if you remember the exact disk or path where the file was. However, you can select the “I am not sure” option so Recuva will scan everywhere in your hard drive to recover the selected file/s in the previous step. Once choose, click on Next button.

Deep scan

Make sure to enable this to get better results. Deep scan will scan every file that has been deleted from your computer. Take note that this will take much longer time than a normal scanning process; hence, the need to prepare yourself to keep your computer turned on until the scan is finish is very vital in this.

Since deep scan take longer time (maybe more than an hour), you can go first with the normal scan, and if you did find nothing, you can perform a deep scan.

Wait until the scan finish

If you did the above-mentioned steps correctly, then the scan should perform well and now you only have to wait until it gets completed. As mentioned earlier, keep the computer turned on.

Depending on the scan method and options you choose, it will take approximately 1 minute-3 hours to complete the scan. Recuva doesn’t use much computer resources so you can do other works on your computer without encountering any problem.

After completing the scan

Once the scan is completed, search result windows will appear. In case you get any error like this, do not panic. You can learn why this error occur from here . Until then, just ignore the error for now and let’s focus on the scan results you get.

Understand Recuva Scan Results

Based on the scan results, you can see that the files with some weird file names are labeled with different colors (status). Let us first identify what each of these colors mean.

  • Green Color : Excellent condition – Recoverable
  • Orange Color : Poor/Very poor condition – Recoverable
  • Red Color : Unrecoverable (you can recover the file but it may not in usable condition)

These status are not 100% accurate. But, we can get an idea based on these colors whether a file has the chance to be recovered or none at all. In short, these colors indicate how many times the file has been overwritten by another file. Take a look at the data given below:

  • Green color – No overwrites
  • Orange color – Some overwrites
  • Red color – Too much overwrites

Therefore, the higher the overwrites, the less chance it is usable.

In addition, you can see more details about the file as:

  • Path : Where was the file when it got deleted
  • Last modified : The date that the file was lastly modified (very useful when finding files)
  • Size : Size of the file (useful to find large files [Zip, Video])
  • State : Recoverable state of a file
  • Comment : Whether the file is overwritten or not

The reason to explain this is that you can sort-out the scan result using these (You just need to click on one of these tabs). It will be very easy for you to recover your deleted files.

Let’s get started and recover deleted files in your Windows 10 PC!

Recover deleted files in Windows 10 from the scan results

You can recover files while you’re on the basic mode, but let’s switch to advanced mode so you can recover specific file types using the search box.

How to Sort-Out Search Results to Get Files Quickly

Once you are in the advanced mode, you can easily find the file/s you want by sorting the results. Here is how:

01 – A search box will be available on the top-right of the window and from there, you can search your files through their names. However, I recommend you to select the file type of the file that you want to recover from the dropdown list you want to recover it from because the file name might have been changed after the deletion.

02 – If you remember the location of the file before it was deleted, then you can use this drop down list and select the disk. It will narrow down the search results so you can easily find it.

03 – You can use these columns to further sort-out the scan results (by file size, by its status).

04 – You can see a preview of some files(Images) once you click on the file.

How to Restore a File From the Search Results

You can select a single file or multiple files to restore.

To select multiple files, check the small box on the left portion of the file name (pointed using a red arrow). Once you selected all the files, right click and select “recover checked”. Or click on the “Recover” button on the bottom right corner (pointed using a blue arrow)

To restore a single file, just simply select the file, right click, then select “recover highlighted”. Or click on the “Recover” button on the bottom right corner (pointed using a blue arrow)

Afterwards, a windows will open and will ask where to store the recovered files. In this case, avoid restoring files to the same disk. Then click on the “OK” button.

A small confirmation windows will open once the restoration is done. Now, you can check the recovered files.

To sum it up, the chance of successfully recovering a file varies depending on the situation. If the file is really damaged, then you don’t stand the slightest chance of getting it back even you use the best recovery software. But for some cases, using a better program would be able to recover that file.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recover any deleted file in Windows 10 using this software?

You can recover any file type using this software. You can easily find the file you want to recover from the search bar in the advanced mode once the results appear.

Is it safe to use data recovery software?

When using a reputed software like Recuva, your data and hardware are safe. Make sure your hard drive is not corrupted because recovering data from a corrupted hard drive may cause issues. If you want some more info, simply leave a comment below.

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This simple guide will help you create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive with or without using an ISO file in just 2 minutes; so, whether you have an ISO file or not, you can easily set up a Windows 10 bootable USB drive all by yourself. All you need to do is to follow the steps given below.

If you’re worried that this might be difficult, stop right there and don’t panic! The content of this article is simply written so that you can create a bootable USB drive with so much ease.

Let’s get started!

Requirements

Before you go further, make sure you have these two (2) requirements listed below:

  • An USB Drive with a capacity of at least 8GB (4GB for method 2)
  • Internet connection

Make sure that the above requirements are met to proceed to the next steps that follow:

01. Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive Without Using ISO File

This is the easiest and quickest way to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive. You don’t need to have a Windows 10 ISO file on your computer. Microsoft’s Media creation tool will do the job for you.

1. Download Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool

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Windows 10 media creation tool download page

First, head over to Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool page to download the tool.

2. Open Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Once you have downloaded it, open Media Creation Tool through the browser (as shown in image) or in the Download folder.

3. Accept Microsoft Software License Terms

It will take up to 10 seconds to load the license terms depending on your internet speed. Read the License Terms and click the Accept button.

Click on the accept button

4. Select Create Installation Media

After accepting the license terms, select Create installation media from this window and click on the Next button.

5. Select language, architecture, and edition

After you hit the Next button, you can see the windows below but the options here are greyed out. In this case, try any of the following:

5.1. Use the Recommended Options for this PC

You can keep Use the recommended options for this PC to automatically detect the best options for you PC’s hardware specifications and preferred language of the operating system you are currently in use of. After this, click Next.

If in case you want to install another version of Windows 10, you can uncheck the box Use the recommended options for this PC and select your preferred options.

5.2. Select your desired options (optional)

See the box that the arrow is pointing? When you uncheck that, you will be able to select all the options. After doing so, select the language, Windows Edition, and architecture that you want to install.

Upon doing this, you have to know that most of the time you will not be able to change the Windows edition as you wish. In this case, you will get a complete package with all Windows 10 available versions (including Home, Pro) according to the selected architecture.

But, if you want to download only the Windows 10 edition to create a bootable drive, then go straight to the 2nd method from here.

When choosing the architecture, do not select 64-Bit architecture if your computer doesn’t have a 64-bit supported processor and at least 2GB of Ram.

If you choose 64 bit without the relevant requirements, you will not be able to install Windows 10. (Read the minimum system requirements to run Windows 10 from here)

Once you have made your selections, click Next.

6. Choose USB flash drive to create a bootable drive

After this windows appear, insert the USB flash drive you want to use to create a bootable USB drive. Then, select “USB Flash Drive” and hit Next.

7. Select the USB drive you want to use

If your USB flash drive doesn’t appear in here, make sure your USB device is properly plugged in and it is available for use. Use the refresh option and your USB flash drive will show up right after it.

After selecting the USB drive, click on Next and wait until Windows 10 is completely downloaded, and proceed to create a bootable flash drive.

Once finished, your flash drive will appear like this in the explorer.

After you finished creating the bootable media drive, you can proceed and use the USB bootable drive you created to install Windows 10 on your PC.


02. Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive From ISO File

If you already have a Windows 10 ISO file, you can create Windows 10 bootable USB drive from it in just a short period of time. You can also use a 4GB USB flash drive instead of an 8GB USB flash drive; however, 8GB USB drive is pretty much recommendable to prevent any errors from occurring.

If you don’t have a Windows 10 ISO file yet, you can download any Windows 10 edition using HeiDoc Windows iso downloader. Scroll down and find out how to download it. (I included it here to save your time.)

Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive Using Rufus Software

Rufus is a free software available to create bootable USB drives. You can use it to create bootable drives using any Operating System.

Here are the steps you need to follow to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive:

1. Download Rufus Software

Click here to go to the Rufus download page to download Rufus software. You can download the setup file or the portable version depends on what you want.

2. Open Rufus Software

Open the Rufus version you downloaded. In here, I already downloaded the Rufus setup file.

Once opened, a small window will appear and it will ask you to check for application updates. Since I have already downloaded the latest version, I clicked No.

3. Setup Rufus software to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive

After completing the abovementioned steps, Rufus Software main windows will be opened. To create Windows 10 bootable USB drive, connect the USB drive you want, and carefully follow the steps below.

Label 01: Select the USB device from the drop down list that you want to use to create bootable drive.
Label 02: Select the ISO file you downloaded

Once you selected the ISO file, Rufus will automatically detect the ISO file and setup the partition scheme itself.

Change the volume label if you want but I recommend you to keep it as “ESD-ISO”. If it is not “ESD-ISO”, then rename it to “ESD-ISO”. Click on START button after doing so.

A small WARNING windows will appear after clicking on START button. Make sure you have backed up the files you need in your USB drive because this process will erase everything in your USB drive. After you secure all your files, click OK to begin the process.

It will take 5 – 15 minutes to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive depending on the speed of the USB device. So, go get some cold juice and wait until the process is completed.


Bonus! How to Download Any Windows 10 ISO File

Now you know that you can download Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft Media Creation Tool. Again, you have to take note that most of the time it downloads all editions of Windows 10 (32bit or 64bit).

To help you with this, check HeiDoc Windows ISO Downloader. It is a tool that you can use to download only the edition you want. Not only that, you can even download Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 from it. Hitting two birds with one stone!

You can Download HeiDoc Windows ISO Downloader from here

How to Use HeiDoc Windows ISO Downloader

Once Downloaded, open the software. You will see the list of Windows versions you can download. Don’t forget that HeiDoc software can download Microsoft Office as well.

From the list, choose Windows 10.

1. Select Windows 10 Edition

After choosing Windows 10, you can select the edition you prefer. A long list of available Windows 10 editions will appear and from there, select the edition that you want.

After selecting, click the Confirm button to proceed to the next section.

2. Select the language you want

Select the language you want to download and click Confirm to continue to the final step.

3. Download Windows 10

In here, you can select the architecture to download Windows 10 directly through the software. However, you can copy the link that you can see on the right side and download Windows 10 using any browser or device.

Once you selected Download, an ISO file will be downloaded on your computer.

If you have any question regarding this article, leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you right away! Thank you.

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Windows 10 Digital Activation – All you need to know
Benefits of Activating Windows 10
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Windows Digital license or Windows 10 digital activation if I say in more specific, is a term that we can see when we are going to activate Windows 10.

There are plenty of benefits you can get by properly activating Windows 10 rather than by just using it without an activation. Activating Windows 10 will allow the user to have more personalization options and better security.

To activate Windows 10, there are two (2) methods: one is Product key activation, and the other one is Digital activation. Which is explained in this article. 

Questions? No worries cause this got you covered!

What is Windows 10 Digital License?

As mentioned above, Windows 10 digital activation (Digital license) is a method of activating Windows 10. Like the Product key activation.

In Windows 8.1 and 7, there was only one way to activate them and that is to use a product key. But, in Windows 10, you can activate it without the use of a product key (one of the reasons why it is called the Digital Activation).

Most of the time, it doesn’t contain any key. You can buy the license online, and after you purchase it, it will activate you computer automatically.

The most important thing you need to know is that the windows 10 digital activation or the product key activation purchase will be associated with your computer’s motherboard once it’s activated.

Therefore, if you make a significant hardware change, you will have to reactivate Windows 10 manually in accordance to the activation method you followed.

How do I know what Windows 10 license I have?

Windows is not activated

If your Windows 10 copy is already activated and you want to check whether it’s a digital activation a Product key activation, just click the button below or go to:

In there you will see the activation status of your Windows 10 computer (see the image above). Now check which one among these appeared there.

Activation StatusIts Meaning
Windows is activatedYour windows is activated with the use of a product key, but a Microsoft account is not linked
Windows is activated with a digital licenseYour Windows is activated with the use of a digital license. Microsoft account is not linked to the digital license
Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft accountYour windows is activated with the use of a digital license. Microsoft account is linked to the digital license

But if it’s something like this, then your windows 10 PC is not activated properly. Therefore you are using a non-genuine copy of Windows 10 in your computer.

windows is not activated

Keep in mind that using a non-genuine copy of Windows 10 is violating Microsoft’s license agreement. For more information, read Microsoft’s software license terms: Windows operating systems

If you do not want to read the entire document, go and see the section you want to read from here: Benefits of activating Windows 10

Difference Between Windows 10 Digital Activation and Product Key Activation

There are two(2) things that make Windows 10 digital activation different from product key activation;

  1. How you purchased the Windows 10 license.
  2. How you can reactivate Windows 10 after a hardware change.

1. The way you Purchase/Upgrade Windows 10 License will determine whether you get Windows 10 Digital license

purchase windows 10 from Microsoft store app

The way you purchasing/upgrading Windows 10 license/activation will determine whether you are getting Windows 10 digital activation or Windows 10 product key activation.

If you purchase windows 10 from:

  • Microsoft Store App
  • A seller who sells digital copies (keys)

OR

  • Upgrading your genuinely activated Windows 7 or 8.1 copy to Windows 10 for free.
  • Being a Windows Insider and upgrading to the newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build on an eligible device that was running an activated earlier version of Windows and Windows 10 Preview.
  • Upgrade your Windows 10 Home to pro from the Microsoft Store app.

Then you will get Windows 10 digital license activation for you Windows copy.

How to Reactivate Windows 10 After a Hardware Change.

Windows 10 digital activation troubleshooter

The second thing that makes Windows 10 digital activation different from product key activation is the method you should follow to reactivate Windows 10 once you change your computer’s motherboard.

As I said earlier, once activated Windows 10, your license will be associated with your computer’s motherboard. Therefore it will automatically reactivate even after you reinstall Windows 10 on the same computer

But when you have to change your computer’s motherboard or send your computer to a repair shop, If your motherboard removed, your windows 10 activation will be revoked because of the motherboard replacement.

if such a thing happens, you have to reactivate Windows 10 once again manually. So the method you should follow to reactivate Windows 10 will be depend on the activation you had (digital license activation/product key activation)

You can see how to do that at the end of this article.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Windows 10 Digital license activation

advantages and disadvantages of windows 10 digital license

Advantages

The biggest advantage of Windows 10 digital activation is that you can purchase it for a lower price compared to a box of Windows 10 copy.

There are Windows 10 digital license keys that are as cheap as $15, which you will never be able to see in a local store or from the Microsoft Official Website.

One of the possible reasons behind its low price is that some sellers sell Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) keys – which is not actually an illegal way to purchase and activate Windows 10.

Once you activate Windows 10 with one of those OEM keys, you can get a digital entitlement for your copy of Windows 10 right away. And again, this is the cheapest possible way to activate Windows 10 today.

Disadvantages

There is no remarkable disadvantage when it comes to the Windows 10 digital activation. The thing you need to know and to remember is that you must add a Microsoft account with your digital license; otherwise, you won’t be able to reactivate Windows 10 after a significant hardware (motherboard) change.

Reactivate Windows 10 Digital license After a Motherboard Change

If you are lookin to get a digital license, it is insanely important to know how to reactivate in the event of a hardware change to save your money from spending to buy another license.

So if you don’t know how to add a Microsoft account to your computer, click on the link here. Because your Microsoft account will be the key to reactivate your computer after a significant hardware change.

After adding a Microsoft account, from the link above you can also know what you need to do to reactivate Windows 10.

Although you can use Windows 10 Operating System without a license, there are a few yet likable benefits of activating Windows 10 you won’t get when it’s unactivated.

So, if your copy of Windows 10 is not activated yet or you just activated your Windows 10 recently and you want to know what are the benefits you get by spending your money on activating Windows 10, then, keep reading! You will find everything you need to know in this article.

What Are the Benefits of Activating Windows 10

Before you go any further, remember that the benefits of activating Windows 10 can change from time to time; therefore, this article will keep you posted on the changes in the features of an activated Windows 10. For now, here are the benefits that you can get as of 2021/04:

01. Personalization settings will be unlocked

windows 10 personalization setting is greyed out

One of the main benefits of activating Windows 10 is that you can get all the options and features in the personalization settings.

You know very well that you cannot change wallpapers, windows colors and themes the way you want on an unactivated Windows 10 because the personalization settings is greyed out.

But, once you decided to activate your Windows 10, all the features will be unlocked and you will be able to personalize your Windows 10 PC in any way you want it.

Below are the options you get in the personalization feature once you activate Windows 10:

  • Wallpaper
  • Colors
  • Themes
  • Lock screen
  • Fonts

02. “Activate Windows” watermark will be removed

activate windows watermark

This is not actually a benefit of activating Windows 10; hence, it is more like something you want to get rid of once you activate your Windows 10.

Surely, the watermark is such a nuisance to you if you are using Windows 10 for free; especially when you play computer games or watch movies.

To address this concern, there are some other ways to remove “Activate Windows” watermark without the need to activate Windows 10, but none of them are long term solutions, plus the fact that they also violate Microsoft Terms and Conditions.

Read Microsoft’s Software License terms from here

03. You will get optional updates addition to the critical updates

windows 10 optional updates

While unactivated Windows 10 users only get critical updates, users of activated Windows 10 can get all the critical updates and optional updates as well.

This might seem not a big deal since you can receive all the critical updates that your Windows 10 PC needs, but OS activation makes Windows 10 more stable. It is because, like driver updates, it keep all your devices, with your Windows 10 PC, properly working all the time.

04. Security improvements

activate windows now

Some of you might think that the use of inauthentic operating systems will not cause any security problems.

If you think it that way, then you are wrong. Using an unactivated Windows 10 or any Windows operating system can put your device at risk.

Here is what Microsoft says;

Running a non-genuine copy of Windows can put you at greater risk for viruses and other security threats

Therefore, the best thing to do is to activate your device and ensure your device is well-secured from viruses and other threats.

How Long Can You Use Windows 10 Without Activation

microsoft store windows 10 pro

Mentioned earlier in this article are the benefits of activating Windows 10, and now you know that there are only a few benefits you can get once you decide to activate your Windows 10. So, it is up to you whether you want to spend your money to activate Windows 10 or not.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Windows 10 activation;

  1. How long can you use Windows 10 without activation?
  2. Is it illegal to use Windows 10 without activating it?
  3. What can you do about an unactivated Windows?

Using Windows 10 Without Activation (How Long You Can Use Unactivated Windows 10)

Microsoft did not state in its license agreement or on its website that Windows 10 cannot be used for free. In short, you can use it as long as you want to.

And, with the exception of some features mentioned above, everything that can be done on an activated Windows 10 OS can also be done on an unactivated Windows 10 OS.

Is it illegal to use Windows 10 without activate?

Is it illegal to use Windows 10 without activate
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If you are worried about using Windows 10 without activating it, the information below are very useful for you to know.

Microsoft did not impose any restrictions on using Windows 10 without activating it. As mentioned above in this article, you can use it but with limited features and the “Windows 10 not activated” watermark might bother you.

Nonetheless, you have to keep in mind that using an unactivated Windows 10 does not comply with Microsoft’s license agreement. (Click here to read the Windows License Agreement)

So, if you are concerned about going against Microsoft’s License Agreement, you can simply purchase a product key or digital license (entitlement) and enjoy all the benefits of an activated Windows 10.

Myths of Using Windows 10 Without Activation

Myths of Using Windows 10 Without Activation

So far, you are acquainted with the benefits of activating Windows 10 and the things that can happen if you use an unactivated Windows 10.

To equip you with more knowledge on these, here are some of the myths that a lot of people believe into about the use of an unactivated Windows 10.

Does Unactivated Windows 10 Run Slower?

does unactivated windows 10 run slower

One of the most commonly heard myths is that Microsoft deliberately slows down on an unactivated Windows 10.

So, to check whether it is one of the benefits of activating Windows 10, a performance test was conducted between an unactivated Windows 10 PC and an activated Windows 10 PC; both of the PCs have the same specifications.

During the test, there was no observable difference in terms of performance of both PCs used. They both performed the same.

So, the bottom line is that there is no slowing down that happens when you use an unactivated Windows 10 Operating System.

Is an Unactivated Windows 10 Safe?

is pirated windows 10 safe

Some people think that the risk of malwares and other security threats on a PC using an unactivated Windows 10 is higher than the risks on a PC that has an activated Windows 10.

Since there are no reliable tests conducted like the previous one (Does Unactivated Windows 10 Make PC Run Slower), we cannot say for sure if such a thing is true or not.

But, what can be guaranteed is that your PC is safe as long as you are careful in using internet and also wary of the external devices such as USB flash drives, external hard drives, etc. that you use to insert in your PC.

How to Activate Microsoft Windows 10

Up to this section of the article, you are already well aware of the benefits of activating Windows 10, and whether you can use Windows 10 without activating it for a long time, and some of the myths about using an unactivated Windows 10.

After reading all of this, now you might be thinking of activating your Windows 10 copy and get all of its benefits.

If so, you can use the below link & go to the article to know the methods of activating Windows 10.

Find Your Product Key

I think I got all your questions covered regarding the benefits of activating Windows 10. Have a nice day!

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