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How to Recover Data from Corrupted Windows OS

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Jan 27, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

Your computer can suddenly crash due to hardware issues, using an outdated version of Windows or experiencing an unexpected malfunctioning related to your system. In such a case, your main worry is how to recover your files before further damage occurs.

You might try to resolve the issue on your own, but most users don’t know how to recover data from corrupted Windows, which causes more harm to their system than good. Don’t worry – we have got you covered.

In this article, we will breakdown simple steps you can do yourself to recover data from a corrupted Windows OS. Alternatively, if you feel these steps are too complex for you, get in touch with Wondershare Recoverit. Their software is designed to recover corrupted files and lost data.

Common reasons that cause Windows OS to be Corrupted:

Windows error

These are only a handful of problems that could have caused the Windows OS to be corrupted. When an operating system crashes, users are not able to access their files. This doesn’t necessarily result in the loss of data, but it makes content inaccessible. Therefore, to recover data from corrupted Windows OS you need to use a dedicated data recovery dedicated.

How to recover data from corrupted Windows OS

Method 1. Recover data with a bootable disk

If you don’t have access to data on your computer, a data recovery tool will help you create a bootable disk. You can use this disk to access the corrupted Windows OS and recover your data. Wondershare Recoverit can help you gain access to the corrupted Windows OS, by creating a WinPE bootable drive to recover your lost data back.

To get started, download and install Recoverit data recovery software on a working computer, and connect a blank USB or CD/DVD to it. Follow the next steps to restore corrupted files.

Launch Recoverit data recovery then select "Recover From Crash Computer" under Advanced Recovery.

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The software will automatically detect the media that you have connected to the system. Though, you can make your selection and choose whether you wish to create a USB or a CD/DVD bootable drive. Make your selection and click on the "Create" button.

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Click the "Format Now" button to process on the pop-up Window (Please make sure you have back up your important data).

It will start creating a bootable drive. Please do not eject the USB flash drive.

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After a while, it will finish creating a bootable drive. You will get three simple steps to follow to apply the data recovery solution.

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You should change the boot sequence before you start to recover files from a crashed computer.

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Restart your crashed computer and enter the BIOS utility with the function key. The BIOS Enter Key might differ from one system to another,but most common keys are Esc, Del, F2, F10, or F12. Find out which key applies to your computer by looking at your computer’s manual. Learn how to set the computer to boot from the USB drive.

Restart your computer and with Recoverit WinPE bootable media, you can copy the data from hard disk or recover lost data from crashed computers.

Method 2. Use system restore

System restore give you access to your computer by loading only the necessary features of the operating system.
Power up your PC and press the F8 key simultaneously to launch the Advanced Options menu. Select the first option i.e. System restore. This option will restore your system and give you access to your data.

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Once you recover your data using the data recovery tool, consider backing up your data with Wondershare Recoverit. You can schedule automatic backups ad you’ll get notifications to remind you to backup your data .


A Windows Operating System can be corrupted due to the reasons indicated in the article above.It’s important to know what can cause OS corruption, so as to avoid risking the loss of data in the future. Set up automatic backups and regular virus scans to protect your data. Wondershare offers well designed tools that have made it easy to recover lost or corrupted. Get in touch with data recovery experts who will handle, repair and restore your data safely.

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David Darlington

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