3 Ways | How to Recover Deleted Photos from Laptop Windows 11/10

How to recover deleted photos on Windows 10 from Recycle Bin (haven't emptied yet)
Recover deleted photos Windows 10 with photo recovery software (even permanently deleted files)
How to restore deleted photos from laptop using Windows Backup (enable backup feature first)

How Do I Recover Permanently Deleted Pictures from My Laptop

"Last Sunday, I want to create a slideshow as a birthday gift for my wife in Windows Media Center with multiple pictures on my Windows 10 laptop. But when I went to look for the material pictures, I found that some important pictures had been deleted by accident. The lost photos mean a lot to us. My wife must be extremely sad if I can't get them back. Is there any efficient way that can help me recover deleted photos on Windows 10? Any suggestion?" 

Accidental deletion is one of the most common reasons for data loss. What's worse, you might have done a permanent deletion by Shift + Delete or emptying the Recycle bin. Losing photos sucks, and it's not easy to recover deleted photos in Windows 10. 

Follow instructions. We will explain the three most practical ways to help you easily recover deleted photos on Windows 10 from Recycle Bin, using professional data recovery software, and restore deleted pictures from Windows files backup.

Method 1. How to Recover Deleted Photos on Windows 11/10 from Recycle Bin

When you do a normal deletion, the file goes to the Recycle Bin. As long as you don't empty the recycle bin, you can recover files from the Recycle Bin. See how to restore deleted pictures from Recycle Bin below. If you have emptied your Recycle Bin, skip this method and move to method 2 to recover deleted photos with a photo recovery tool.

Step 1. Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on Windows 10 Desktop.

Step 2. Locate and right-click on the deleted photos, select "Restore".

Step 3. The deleted photos will be restored from Recycle Bin to their original locations. 

Undelete photos from recycle bin.

Recycle Bin Disappeared, Where's My Recycle Bin Windows 11/10? 

If you accidentally delete the Recycle Bin from your desktop or the Recycle Bin icon just disappeared, you can follow these steps to restore the Recycle Bin. After restoring the Recycle Bin, you can access files from the Recycle Bin to restore deleted images on Windows 10.

Step 1. Press  Windows +R keys to start the Run dialogue, then type regedit and press "Enter" to start the registry.

Step 2. Go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Desktop > NameSpace". And then, right-click anywhere in the right pane and select "New > Key".

Recover deleted photos windows 10

Step 3. After creating a new item, rename the file to "{645FFO40-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}". then follow the screenshot steps to input the "Recycle Bin" in the "value data" option.

Step 4. Close Registry Editor and log out. Log in again. Then, the Recycle Bin icon should be restored on your desktop. And you can recover deleted photos from Recycle bin. 

Method 2. How to Recover Deleted Photos from Laptop Windows 10 with a Photo Recovery Tool

If you have emptied the Recycle Bin or permanently delete your images, you will only have to use a third-party photo recovery software to help you recover deleted pictures on Windows 10, which is the most effective solution for users who have lost their pictures. 

To efficiently restore permanently deleted photos on Windows 10 laptop or PC, we recommend you try Deep Data Recovery - a top-rank software in the field of data recovery. 

Your Reliable Choice - Qiling Data Recovery

  • Recover deleted, formatted, and inaccessible data in different data loss situations.
  • Recover lost Word documents, photos, audio, music, and emails from any storage effectively and safely.
  • Recover data from the recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, SD card, flash drive, and digital camera.

This program can scan your hard drive to find out and list all the deleted photo files in only 3 simple steps for recovering deleted photos. Download and apply it to start the process of bringing your lost photos with step by step guide below.

Step 1. Select file types and click "Next" to start.

Launch Deep Data Recovery. Select file types and click "Next" to start.

Select file types that you want to recover

Step 2. Choose the location and start scanning

Hover on the SD card, camera, or hard drive partition where you deleted/lost pictures, then click "Scan".

select a location and scan for lost pictures

Step 3. Select the pictures you want to recover

Once the scanning completes, select "Pictures" in the left panel. If you want to locate the lost photos, click "Lost" on the top list. Then, you can find photos according to the devices, types, and dates.

Recover lost photos

Step 4. Recover lost photos

After the preview, click "Recover" and choose another location to save the desired pictures.

Video tutorial on how to Deep Data Recovery to recover lost files on Windows 10 laptop/PC hard drive.

How to Recover Deleted Photos from Laptop Windows 10 Free

If you want to retrieve deleted pictures on Windows 10 for free, you can use the free version of Deep Data Recovery. It enables you to recover up to 2GB of files for free. While if your pictures exceed 2GB, you need to upgrade to the pro version to restore unlimited data.  

Method 3. How to Restore Deleted Photos from Laptop Using Windows Backup

If you have made a manual backup or enabled the Windows backup before, you can get back deleted photos on Windows 10 from backup files. 

The ways to restore lost files from backups are different:

1. Restore from manual backup: copy photos from the backup and paste them to the original storage device where you lost them.

2. Restore from software backup: if you used backup software to back up photos, use it to restore the backup image and get your lost photos back.

3. Restore from Windows backup:

Step 1. Open "Control Panel", go to "System and Maintenance", select "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)". 

Step 2. Click "Restore my files".

Restore files from Windows Backup.

Step 3. Click "Browse for files" to select the previously created backup.

Select backup to restore.

Step 4. Navigate a location to restore the backup - "In the original location" or "In the following location". Wait for the restoring process to complete.


To sum up, on this page, we've collected the 3 useful methods to help you restore lost photos on Windows 10 PC, laptop, and external storage devices. These methods can also be applied to perform file recovery on Windows 8/8.1/7 and even older OS.

The most useful solution to recovering deleted files in Windows 10 is applying Qiling file recovery tool that is good at all kinds of data loss recovery. 

The best way to protect your valuable photos and files is to create a backup in advance. 
We want to recommend you try Qiling Backup with its File Backup feature to fully back up files at one time by taking up tiny space.
 Whenever you lost photos or files on storage devices, you can always survive with the created backups. 

FAQs on How to Retrieve Deleted Photos on Windows 10

The following are the top topics related to recovering deleted photos from a laptop or PC running Windows 10. Check the brief answers for these problems.

How do I recover permanently deleted photos on Windows 10?

Steps for how to recover deleted photos on Windows 10 from Recycle Bin:

If you've deleted your photos, they may be in the Recycle Bin. Press Windows + D keys to see your Desktop, then double-click the Recycle Bin icon. If your photos are in there, you can right-click them and click Restore to place them back where they were before they were deleted. 

How can I recover deleted pictures from my laptop Windows 10 for free?

Download and install Deep Data Recovery Free to help you recover deleted pictures from your laptop on Windows 10 for free. It allows you to recover up to 2GB of files for free.

How do I recover permanently deleted pictures from my laptop?

Quick steps to recover deleted photos from Windows 10 laptop with Qiling file recovery software:

Step 1. Run Deep Data Recovery. Select a specific location to start the scan. Qiling data recovery tool will start to scan your laptop's hard disk drive.

Step 2. Wait for the software to scan your deleted photos.

Step 3. Preview and restore deleted photos.

How can I recover permanently deleted photos?

If you've activated the File History feature on your Windows, you should be able to recover deleted images from previous versions:

Step 1. Open File Explorer.

Step 2. Right-click on the folder in which the deleted photos were located.

Step 3. Select "Restore previous versions".

Step 4. Choose an available backup and click "Restore".

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