How to Recover Deleted EXE Files on Windows and Mac?

Executable files are an important part of any software package. Running any software becomes difficult if the executable file is missing. With Remo Data Recovery Tool, recovering deleted or lost EXE files from your computer or other storage devices becomes a cakewalk.
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Written by John Harris / Updated on August 09, 2023

I have accidentally deleted one of the application’s exe files installed in the system while managing files. When I start that application from the icon created on the desktop, it's showing exe file missing error. How to get it back that deleted exe file?

Even as the EXE file is deleted, it still resides on the hard disk, but you cannot access it until you recover it. Hence, stop using the computer immediately; by doing so, you can increase the chances of recovering the EXE file.

How To Recover EXE Files on Windows and Mac?

This section talks about 3 ways to recover deleted or lost EXE files from any version of Windows and Mac.

  1. Recover Deleted EXE Files from Recycle Bin
  2. Recover Missing or Lost EXE Files Using the Previous Version option
  3. Recover Permanently Deleted EXE Files From Windows or Mac Using Remo File Recovery Software

Method 1: Restore Deleted EXE File from Recycle Bin

If you have accidentally deleted the EXE file, you can easily restore it from the Recycle Bin. Here is what you can do.

  • Open Recycle Bin and type the name of the file or .exe in the search box.
  • Now, if you have found the deleted EXE files in the Bin, right-click on the files and select Restore from the popup.
  • Finally, navigate to the original location to find the restored EXE file.

The above method is only useful if the EXE file is present in the Recycle Bin. If you are unable to restore the file from Recycle Bin, chances are that your EXE file is permanently deleted.

Method 2: Recover Missing EXE Files From Previous Versions

Previous versions of Windows are a great feature to recover files you have accidentally deleted or lost. This method is simple and can be done without any intervention of any third-party software. Follow the below-mentioned steps to recover deleted or lost exe files from Previous Versions.

  • Go to the folder where the exe file was stored.
  • Right Click on folder and click on Restore Previous Versions.
  • You can select the EXE file you can want to recover and click on Restore.

Any EXE file missing from your computer remains on the hard disk unless it is overwritten by new data. Therefore, you need to stop making any changes to the drive to make sure the data is not overwritten. At the same time, you need to act fast to recover the data from your computer. In order to recover the deleted EXE file, you need to make use of a professional EXE file recovery tool.

Method 3: Recovering EXE File Made Simple With Remo File Recovery Tool

Remo File Recovery Tool is specially designed to restore files that are permanently deleted.

The tool is integrated with a powerful deep scan engine, gliding through the entire hard disk sector by sector to recover the deleted EXE files. Apart from EXE files, you can also utilize the tool to recover lost or deleted Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and other office files.

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Instructions: Don’t store any data on the drive where you have deleted exe files because it overwrites the file and reduces the chances of recovering files from Windows.

How To Recover Missing EXE File From Windows or Mac Computer Using Remo?

  • Download and install Remo on your Windows or Mac system.
  • Choose the location or drive from which you would like to recover Deleted EXE files and click on the Scan button.
  • Note: EXE files will get saved in the Program Files folder within the C Drive. So if you have not moved the files elsewhere, select the local disk option to recover files from the C drive.

    select the drive from where you want to recover deleted exe files and click on the scan button

  • The tool will automatically initiate Quick Scan. Once the Quick Scan is completed, the tool runs Deep Scan, where it restores data sector by sector. Open the Dynamic Data View to recover the files simultaneously while the Deep Scan runs.
  • the tool will start scanning the selected drive to recover the deleted or lost exe files

  • You can also search for the specific file format in the search bar with the Advanced filter option.
  • use the advanced filter option to quickly filter and find the recovered exe files from the seleccted drive

  • After the partitions are scanned, the recovered data will be presented to you, Preview the deleted EXE files.
  • Select the EXE files you want to recover and click on Recover button to browse for a location to save the recovered data.
  • select the recovered exe files and save them on any location of your choice


Data loss scenarios are unpredictable; they can happen at any time. It is always better to be prepared for any such situation. Therefore, you need to make sure you keep backing up all the important files and folders on your computer. This way, you can recover any lost data from your backup in case of data loss in the feature. However, if you do not have any backup, utilize Remo File Recovery Software to retrieve any lost or deleted EXE files.

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