.OSK File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .OSK file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2023.

OSK File Recovery

What is a .OSK file?

Skin file used by osu!, a game of rhythm where players tap visual cues in sync with music; contains graphics and sounds that alter the appearance and sounds of the game; used to customize hit circles, the score display, the slider type, the cursor, and hit bursts.

What Are Common Causes of ".OSK" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes for ".OSK" (On-Screen Keyboard) files being lost or experiencing failure. Some of these causes include:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may mistakenly delete ".OSK" files while cleaning up their system or removing unnecessary files.
  2. System errors or crashes: If the system encounters errors or crashes, it can result in the loss or corruption of ".OSK" files.
  3. Malware or virus attacks: Malicious software or viruses can infect and damage ".OSK" files, leading to their loss or failure.
  4. Software conflicts: Incompatibility or conflicts between different software applications can cause ".OSK" files to become inaccessible or unusable.
  5. Disk errors: Issues with the hard disk drive, such as bad sectors or file system corruption, can lead to the loss or corruption of ".OSK" files.
  6. Operating system upgrades or updates: Sometimes, when upgrading or updating the operating system, ".OSK" files may get overwritten or become incompatible with the new version, resulting in their failure.
  7. Hardware failures: Hardware failures, such as a malfunctioning hard drive or storage device, can cause ".OSK" files to become lost or inaccessible.
  8. Human error: Users may accidentally move or rename ".OSK" files, making them difficult to locate or causing them to fail.

It is important to regularly backup important files, including ".OSK" files, to prevent their loss or failure.

How to recover lost ".OSK" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".OSK" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".OSK" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".OSK" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".OSK" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".OSK" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".OSK" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo osu! Skin File image file file?

Programs that open ".OSK" files

osu! osu!

Additional Information

  • File type: Osu! Skin File

  • File extension: .OSK

  • Developer: peppy

  • Category: Game Files

  • Format: Zip


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is an ".OSK backup" and how does it work?

    An ".OSK backup" refers to a backup file format used by the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) application in Windows operating systems. The OSK is a virtual keyboard that allows users to input text using a mouse or a touchscreen.

    When you create an ".OSK backup," you are essentially saving a copy of the OSK settings, including any customizations you have made, such as keyboard layout, language preferences, or other options. This backup file can be useful when you want to transfer your OSK settings to another device or restore them after a system reinstallation.

    To create an OSK backup, you would typically access the OSK settings menu, which can usually be found in the Windows Accessibility options. From there, you can choose to export your settings as an ".OSK backup" file.

    To restore the OSK settings from a backup, you would need to import the ".OSK backup" file into the OSK application on the target device. This will apply the saved settings and restore your customized keyboard preferences.

  • How can I create an ".OSK backup" for my operating system or specific files?

    To create an ".OSK backup" for your operating system or specific files, you can follow these general steps:

    1. Determine the files or operating system you want to backup: Identify the specific files or directories you wish to include in the backup. Alternatively, if you want to back up the entire operating system, you'll need to create a system image backup.
    2. Choose a backup method: There are various methods to create backups, including using built-in tools, third-party software, or cloud-based solutions. Select the method that suits your requirements and preferences.
    3. Built-in backup tools (Windows):
    • File backup: Windows File History or Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
    • System image backup: Windows Backup and Restore (Windows 7) or Backup and Restore (Windows 10).
    1. Third-party backup software: Research and choose a reliable backup software that supports creating ".OSK backups" or offers similar functionality. Popular options include Acronis True Image, EaseUS Todo Backup, or Macrium Reflect.
    2. Cloud-based backup solutions: Services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive offer cloud storage with built-in backup features. You can synchronize files or folders to the cloud, providing a form of backup.
    3. Follow the backup process: Depending on the chosen method, follow the specific steps provided by the software or service you selected. Generally, you'll need to select the files or directories you want to back up, choose a destination for the backup (external hard drive, cloud storage, etc.), and initiate the backup process.
    4. Test the backup: After the backup is complete, ensure it was successful by verifying the files or system image can be restored. This step is crucial to ensure the backup process worked as intended and your data is recoverable if needed.

    Remember to regularly update your backups to include new or modified files and maintain multiple copies in different locations for added safety.

  • Are there any specific tools or software available to restore an ".OSK backup" in case of system failure or data loss?

    There is no specific tool or software available to restore an ".OSK backup" as it is not a commonly used backup format. It is possible that ".OSK" refers to a custom backup format used by a specific software or system. In such a case, you would need to consult the documentation or support resources provided by the software or system to determine how to restore the backup in case of system failure or data loss.

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