Upgraded from XP to 7 to 10, can I get my XP files back???

Like a lot of people, I waited til nearly the last minute to upgrade my computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10 last month in July. However, years before that, I was using Windows XP. During my time with XP, I had countless files of my childhood, including pictures, school stuff, and videos. When I upgraded from XP to 7 (using a disc), all of that moved to my Windows.old folder, which I was okay with, because it helped me keep track of what was old and what was new.
Well, when I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, I wasn't exactly considering this, and noticed now that my Windows.old folder is completely void of 10 YEARS of stuff that I value above all else on my computer. If I go to File Explorer in Windows 10, it still shows some of those recent files that I used in my Windows.old folder, but when trying to open them, it says the file cannot be found.
I am wondering if anyone has any sort of idea or knowledge on if these files are recoverable. Like I said, this is 10 years worth of stuff, including photos and videos of me with a childhood friend that is now passed away. I wonder if using the revert back to Windows 7 option would restore these files?

Also, I know that I should not have procrastinated and should have backed these files up just to be sure. I was so used to them being where they were, and Microsoft said that no files should be lost, so I didn't even think about it. I'm not looking for anyone to criticize me for this - trust me, know one is more upset at myself than I am.

Thank you for any kind of information regarding this!


Windows Forum Team
Staff member
Depends how long you've waited to try and recover. The longer you wait the more likely those old files have been written over. This is a pretty good tool for recovering data. You will want an external drive to recover the data to. If you copy to the same drive you risk overriding the data.
Download GetDataBack for NTFS 4.33 (Free) for Windows

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