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Hi,

I accidentally deleted a file on my computer and emptied my recycle bin. Is it possible to still recover the file? If so, can someone please explain how I can restore it?

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If your Windows Vista is of the editions of Windows Business or above, you just need to right click the folder where the deleted file is stored -> select Properties -> goto the tab of previous version and locate the restore point prior to the deletion of the file andopen it; and browse for the deleted file to copy it back to its original location. For details, please see the link below.

http://bertk.mvps.org/html/shadow.html
Shadow Explorer is for Windows Vista is of the editions of Home Premium or below where there is no tab for "Previous Versions" in the Propetries window of a file or folder.
There a lot of tools that can undelete files for you. Search "undelete file" on Google you will get a lot. One of them is:

Advanced NTFS Undelete
FYI, when using third party file recovery tools, it is important to note that installing a file recovery tool AFTER you've accidentally deleted files may impair your ability to recovery files.  That's because there is a possibility when installing the file recovery tools, that the installation overwrites all or a portion of the bytes where the deleted file resides.  If you decide to use a 3rd party option, try to use another computer to download the app, and see if the app you decided on comes in a portable version (no install needed) that you run from the flash drive.

I've used the following 3rd party recovery tools successfully:
Shadow Explorer
PCI File Recovery
Recuva