How to Undelete Shared Files Deleted From a Remote Computer

By Ruri Ranbe

Windows 8 File History backs up the data found on both the Desktop and in shared libraries. Whenever a user makes a change to a file contained in the Desktop, Documents, Photos, Videos or Music folders, File History writes a copy of the data to a network location or external drive. If you or someone else accidentally deleted important files in a shared library, you can use File History to find previous versions of the files and restore them.

Sign on to the computer sharing the files, press "Windows-E" to open File Manager and then browse to the shared folder.

Select "History" from the Open group on the Home tab to open File History. Click the back button on the bottom of the window to see previous versions of the folder's contents.

Select a deleted file and then click the "Restore" button (the blue orb) to recover the data to the shared folder.


File History must be enabled to retrieve deleted files from the folder.