Image Recovery – 2 Ways to Recover Deleted Image/Picture in Windows

Valyn HuaUpdated by Valyn Hua / Feb 24, 2021 10:00

I accidentally deleted an important images folder and now want them back. Is it possible to restore deleted pictures in Windows 8 machine?

Most of us tend to store some precious photos or interesting pictures on our computers. But sometimes, we might lose these images for some reasons such as system crash, human error, etc.

Have you ever thought about how to recover deleted images in Windows?

Generally, users can temporarily delete pictures by throwing them into the Recycle Bin. As long as you haven’t cleaned the Recycle Bin since then, the deleted pictures will remain here and you can easily recover them at any time.

recover images in windows

However, permanent deletion of pictures from the computer takes place when users employ the Shift + Delete keys on a single picture or a picture folder.

Is it possible to restore these permanently deleted images?

Actually, respective index entry of removed photo will get erased from file system table itself but its contents still present in corresponding storage space on Windows hard drive.

With a bit of technique, you can recover deleted pictures.


Guide List

1. How to Recover Deleted Pictures from Previous Versions

Windows comes with an automatic file and folder backup feature called Precious Versions that many PC users don’t seem to know about. With the default setting for System Restore, this means monitored files are backed up once a day. These keep track of any changes that have occurred for files and folders.

This may not work for restoring some media files like videos or audios. But if you want to restore image files, this will help.

As long as System Protection is enabled, Windows has an automatic file and folder backup built in. The only catch is that you have to remember the name of the file you deleted and what folder it was in.

At first, you need to ensure the System Protection is enabled.

Step 1 Go to Start menu on the computer.

Step 2Navigate to Control Panel > System and Security > System.

Step 3 Click System Protection on the left panel.

Step 4 Look at the Protection Settings, see if the Protection is set to On for the system drive. If not, select the System Drive and click the Configure button.

Step 5 In the new dialog box, check Restore System Settings and Previous Versions of Files. Then click Ok.

turn on system protection

To see the previous versions of an image file or folder and restore it, do the following.

Step 1Create a dummy document with the same name and extension as the lost image file or folder and place it in the original location where the lost file resided. The contents of the image are irrelevant.

Step 2 Right-click the file or folder and select Restore Previous Version. A dialog listing the previous versions will then open.

Step 3 There are three buttons that allow for various operations with a selected previous version. Click Open to view it to make sure it’s the version you want.

Step 4Select the copy you want (probably the most recent one), and then click Copy to create a copy of a particular version and save it in a different location or click Restore to replace the present file or folder contents with those of the selected version.

restore previous of files

2. How to Recover Deleted Images with FoneLab

Failed to restore your image using the above method?

It is time to take advantage of a data recovery software program.

FoneLab Data Retriever is a powerful and technologically advanced data recovery tool, which has a capability to recover almost all lost images in various formats such as JPG, PNG, GIF, SWF, BMP, etc.

It is able to recover images lost for any kind of reasons such as system crash, non-responding, deletion, corruption, etc.

FoneLab Data Retriever
FoneLab Data Retriever

FoneLab Data Retriever - recover the lost/deleted data from computer, hard drive, flash drive, memory card, digital camera and more.

  • Recover photos, videos, documents and more data with ease.
  • Preview data before recovery.

Below is the user guide.

Step 1Run This Software

Download and install this software with the above link. Then the software will get launched automatically.

fonelab data retriver homepage

Step 2Scan Data

Choose the data types you want to recover - here you should choose Image. And select the location where you lost the images. If you are not sure about the location, you can choose to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin by scanning the Recycle Bin. Then click the Scan button.

scan images with fonelab

Step 3Choose data

After finishing the scan process, all the deleted or lost documents will be listed in the interface. You can use Filter feature to quickly locate the image you want to recover. If quick scan can’t bring the desired result, you can click Deep Scan in the top right corner to try again.

recover images with fonelab

Step 4Recover data

Preview the relevant of each image and click on the image you want to restore. Clicking the Recover button to save the selected images back to your computer.


This software can also recover Excel documents, videos and other types of data from flash drive, memory card, digital camera, removable drive, etc.

Just click below link to download it and have a try, it offers a 30-day trial.

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