In this video tutorial, Mike shows how to find a missing file in Windows XP and Vista with three different options. In the first option, open Windows Explorer or My Computer. Then open the recycle bin to check for your missing files. If you don't see your file there, close the recycle bin and go to Start and then Search. Look for your file by searching for the file by name to find the location of your missing file. You don't have to know the entire file name to do a search. If that does not work and you think you accidentally deleted it, try to do a file scan of your computer using Data Recovery. It will scan USB drives, floppy disks, and even removable hard drives.