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Permanently Delete Files in Windows (No Restoration For Sure)

You might be aware that using Ctrl + Shift + Esc Key Combination delete files, programs, and other media permanently. But the reality is that these files can be restored simply by using any file restoration software.

Delete file bypassing the File Storage in Recycle Bin and in form of Fragmented Data

I will tell you how to delete files permanently in windows without any chances of file restoration even by using the File Restoration Software.

We will not be downloading and using any 3rd Party Applications to delete files permanently in Windows.

Types of types that can be deleted permanently in Windows without any chances of restoration

By the end of this article, you will be able to Delete Files, Folders, apps, etc, in Windows without any chances of restoring them.

Step #1: Select the File or Folder that you want to delete permanently.

Screenshot of Selecting Files to be deleted Permanently (without restoration) in Windows
Folder to be deleted Permanently

Step #2: Press the Shift + Delete Key Combination on your Keyboard. Select the “Yes” option.

Screenshot of  Permanently Deleting Files using Shift + Esc option
Shift + Delete Key Combination


Your Folder is not Deleted Permanently yet, it can be Restored Easily using any File Restore Software.

To delete it permanently, let’s follow the steps below.

Step #3: Press “Windows Key + R” Key Combination to open the Windows RUN.

Screenshot of Opening Windows Run using Windows Key + R key combination
Windows Key + R

Step #4: Now, we will delete the temporary files, cache, and cookies stored in your device.

  • Type temp and delete all the files using Shift + Delete Key Combination.
  • Type %temp% and delete the files” using Shift + Delete Key Combination.
  • Type prefetch and delete all the folders using Shift + Delete Key Combination.
Screenshot of Typing Temp in Windows RUN to remove temporary files and remove deleted files permanently

Step #5: Delete All the Temporary Files from the Folders.

Screenshot of deleting Temporary Files
Deleting temporary files

Step #6: Now search for “Defragment and Optimize Drives” in the start menu.

Screenshot of Opening Defragment and Optimize Drives App from the start menu in Windows to remove files permanently
Defrag and Optimize Drives

Step #7: Click on the “Optimize” button.

Screenshot of Optimizing and Defragging Drives in Windows to Delete Files Permanently
Optimize Button

Step #8: Search for Disk Cleanup in Start Menu and run it as administrator.

Screenshot of Disk Cleanup App Icon in Windows to delete files permanently
Disk Cleanup App Icon

Step #9: Click on the “More options” tab

Screenshot of Selecting the "More Options" tab in Windows Disk Cleanup App
Selecting “More Options” Tab

Step #10: Click on the “Clean Up” option in System Restore and Shadow Copies section.

Screenshot of Selecting the Cleanup button in Windows
Select “Clean Up” button

There you go, now the files, folders, media, etc, deleted by you cannot be restored even by using Windows File Restore Software.


(1) Make sure that you don’t have any active File or Windows backups otherwise the files can be restored.

(2) Make sure that you have not copied the file in an external hard drive, pen drive or any other cloud storage.

Can Files be Restored After Following the Steps above?

No, after following the method above, the files cannot be restored. After following the method above, we tried restoring the files using File Restore Software (Restoro and Disk Drill Software), but none of the files were able to restore.

What Files can be deleted Permanently in Windows?

All files except the in-built Windows Files can be deleted permanently.

Can we delete files permanently in Hard Drive?

Yes, you can delete files permanently on an external hard drive in Windows. In step 7, select the External Hard Drive and click on the Optimize button.


I wish I could tell you that using Ctrl + Shift + Delete Key Combination, the files will be deleted permanently, but actually, they won’t, instead, they can be restored easily. We have explained how to delete files permanently without any possibility of restoring them.

We have deleted files permanently without downloading any app in windows.

We’ve addressed 10 small and simple steps in this article that will help you to delete files in Windows Permanently.

Using this method you can slightly increase the storage in your Laptop or PC as well.

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