.RWZ 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 .RWZ file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

RWZ File Recovery

What is a .RWZ file?

Email rules file created by Microsoft Outlook, an email and calendar application; stores email filters, which specify actions to take for email messages that match a certain set of criteria; stores all rules for an email account.

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

There are several common causes for ".RWZ" file loss or failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".RWZ" files while organizing or cleaning up their Outlook folders.
  2. Software or system errors: Issues with the Outlook application or the operating system can lead to corruption or loss of ".RWZ" files.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and damage ".RWZ" files, making them inaccessible or causing them to be deleted.
  4. Outlook crashes: If Outlook crashes unexpectedly, it can result in the loss of ".RWZ" files that were open or being used at the time.
  5. Upgrading or reinstalling Outlook: During the process of upgrading or reinstalling Outlook, ".RWZ" files may be overwritten, deleted, or become incompatible with the new version.
  6. Hardware failure: Problems with the storage device where the ".RWZ" files are stored, such as a hard drive failure or data corruption, can lead to file loss or failure.
  7. Syncing issues: If there are synchronization problems between Outlook and other devices or email servers, it can cause ".RWZ" files to be lost or become corrupted.
  8. Human error: Accidental actions like improper file manipulation, formatting the storage device, or mishandling the Outlook application can result in the loss of ".RWZ" files.

To prevent ".RWZ" file loss or failure, it is recommended to regularly back up important files, use reliable antivirus software, and be cautious when performing actions that may affect the files.

How to recover lost ".RWZ" 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 ".RWZ" file may be deleted.

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

Use programs for recovering ".RWZ" 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 ".RWZ" 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.

Partition Recovery™ 4.9
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 ".RWZ" 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 ".RWZ" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo outlook Rules Wizard File image file file?

Programs that open ".RWZ" files

Microsoft Outlook 2019 Microsoft Outlook 2019

Additional Information

  • File type: Outlook Rules Wizard File

  • File extension: .RWZ

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Misc Files

  • Format: N/A

  • File types that use the extension .RWZ:

    • Outlook Rules Wizard File

    • Rawzor Compressed Image


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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.

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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 are the common causes of .RWZ file corruption or damage that require repair?

    There are several common causes of .RWZ file corruption or damage that may require repair. These include:

    1. Software or system crashes: If your email client or computer crashes while the .RWZ file is open or being accessed, it can lead to file corruption.
    2. File system errors: Issues with the file system, such as disk errors or improper shutdowns, can cause .RWZ file corruption.
    3. Virus or malware infections: Malicious software can infect and damage .RWZ files, making them inaccessible or corrupt.
    4. Incorrect file handling: Mishandling or improper operations like forceful termination of the email client or abrupt system shutdowns can lead to .RWZ file corruption.
    5. File transfer errors: If there are errors during the process of transferring .RWZ files from one location to another, it can result in corruption.
    6. Hardware issues: Problems with the storage device where the .RWZ file is stored, such as bad sectors or physical damage, can corrupt the file.
    7. Software conflicts: Conflicts between different email clients or incompatible software versions can cause .RWZ file corruption.
    8. Power outages: Sudden power outages or fluctuations while the .RWZ file is being accessed can result in corruption.
    9. File format issues: If the .RWZ file format is not supported or compatible with the email client or software being used, it can lead to corruption.
    10. Human errors: Accidental deletion, improper editing, or incorrect configuration of the .RWZ file can cause corruption.

    In case of .RWZ file corruption or damage, it is recommended to repair the file using appropriate methods or seek professional assistance if necessary.

  • How can I repair a corrupted .RWZ file and restore my Outlook rules and settings?

    To repair a corrupted .RWZ file and restore your Outlook rules and settings, you can follow these steps:

    1. Close Microsoft Outlook if it is open.
    2. Locate the .RWZ file on your computer. The default location for Outlook 2010 and later versions is:
    • Windows 10/8/7: "C:Users%username%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftOutlook"
    • Windows XP: "C:Documents and Settings%username%Application DataMicrosoftOutlook"
    1. Make a backup copy of the .RWZ file by copying it to a different location or renaming it.
    2. Download and install the Microsoft Office Inbox Repair Tool (ScanPST.exe) if you don't already have it. This tool is included with Microsoft Office and can help repair corrupted Outlook data files.
    3. Open the Inbox Repair Tool (ScanPST.exe). The default location for this tool is:
    • Windows 10/8/7: "C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficerootOfficeXX"
    • Windows XP: "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeXX"
    1. Click the "Browse" button and navigate to the location of the .RWZ file you want to repair.
    2. Click the "Start" button to begin the scanning and repair process. The tool will analyze the file and attempt to fix any errors or corruption.
    3. Once the repair process is complete, a summary report will be displayed. If any errors were found and fixed, make sure to check the "Make a backup of scanned file before repairing" option and click "Save Backup" to create a backup of the repaired file.
    4. Close the Inbox Repair Tool.
    5. Open Microsoft Outlook and go to the "File" tab.
    6. Select "Options" and then click on "Mail" in the left-hand menu.
    7. Scroll down to the "Save messages" section and click on the "Rules and Alerts" button.
    8. In the "Rules and Alerts" window, click on the "Options" button.
    9. In the "Options" window, click on the "Import Rules" button.
    10. Browse to the location where you saved the repaired .RWZ file and select it.
    11. Click "Open" to import the rules and settings from the repaired .RWZ file.
    12. Click "OK" to save the changes.

    Your Outlook rules and settings should now be restored from the repaired .RWZ file.

  • Are there any reliable software tools or methods available for repairing .RWZ files, and what are their recommended steps?

    There are a few software tools available for repairing .RWZ files, which are Outlook Rules Wizard files. These files store rules for organizing emails in Microsoft Outlook. Here are two recommended methods:

    Stellar Repair for Outlook: This software is a reliable tool for repairing corrupt .RWZ files. Follow these steps:

    a. Download and install Stellar Repair for Outlook.

    b. Launch the software and click on the "Find Outlook File" button.

    c. Browse and select the corrupt .RWZ file.

    d. Click on the "Repair" button to start the repair process.

    e. Once the repair is complete, click on the "Save Repaired File" button to save the repaired .RWZ file.

    f. Open Microsoft Outlook and import the repaired .RWZ file by going to "File" > "Options" > "Advanced" > "Export" > "Import/Export" > "Import Rules" > select the repaired .RWZ file.

    Manual Method: If you prefer a manual approach, you can try to repair the .RWZ file using the following steps:

    a. Close Microsoft Outlook.

    b. Locate the corrupt .RWZ file on your computer. The default location is typically "C:Users%username%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftOutlook".

    c. Make a backup copy of the corrupt .RWZ file.

    d. Rename the corrupt .RWZ file to something like "OldRules.rwz".

    e. Open Microsoft Outlook, go to the "File" tab, and click on "Manage Rules & Alerts".

    f. Click on the "Options" button and select "Import Rules".

    g. Browse and select the "OldRules.rwz" file.

    h. Click on "Open" and then "OK" to import the rules from the old file.

    Note: The manual method may not always work, especially for severely corrupted .RWZ files. In such cases, using a specialized software tool like Stellar Repair for Outlook is recommended.

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