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

WSP File Recovery

What is a .WSP file?

Package used by SharePoint, an enterprise-level document and content management system; saves a Windows SharePoint Services solution, which is a custom component, such as a website, that can be added to a company's SharePoint site.

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

There can be several common causes for ".WSP" files to be lost or fail:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".WSP" files or folders containing them, leading to their loss.
  2. Hardware failure: If the storage device containing the ".WSP" files, such as a hard drive or USB drive, fails or becomes corrupted, the files can be lost or inaccessible.
  3. Software issues: Errors in software applications used to manage or manipulate ".WSP" files can cause them to become corrupted or fail to open properly.
  4. Virus or malware infection: Malicious software can infect and corrupt ".WSP" files, rendering them unusable or causing them to be lost.
  5. File system errors: Issues with the file system, such as corruption or errors in the file allocation table, can result in the loss or failure of ".WSP" files.
  6. Power outages or system crashes: Unexpected power outages or system crashes while working with ".WSP" files can lead to their corruption or loss if they were not saved properly.
  7. Incompatible software or updates: Installing incompatible software or updates that conflict with the application used to open ".WSP" files can cause them to fail or become inaccessible.
  8. User error: Mistakes made by users, such as improper file handling, renaming, or moving files, can result in the loss or failure of ".WSP" files.

It is essential to regularly back up ".WSP" files to prevent their loss and ensure data integrity.

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

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

Use programs for recovering ".WSP" 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 ".WSP" 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 ".WSP" 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 ".WSP" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo sharePoint Solution Package image file file?

Programs that open ".WSP" files

Microsoft SharePoint Microsoft SharePoint
Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 Microsoft Visual Studio 2019

Additional Information

  • File type: SharePoint Solution Package

  • File extension: .WSP

  • Developer: Microsoft

  • Category: Developer Files

  • Format: Binary


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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 is a ".WSP backup" file and how is it created?

    A ".WSP backup" file refers to a backup file of a SharePoint Solution Package (WSP). WSP is a file format used in Microsoft SharePoint to package and deploy customizations, including web parts, site templates, features, and other components.

    To create a .WSP backup file, you typically follow these steps:

    1. Open the SharePoint Solution Package project in Microsoft Visual Studio.
    2. Build the project to generate the WSP file.
    3. Locate the generated WSP file in the project's output folder.
    4. Make a copy of the WSP file and rename it with a ".WSP backup" extension to differentiate it from the original.

    The backup file can be useful for restoring previous versions of the SharePoint solution or for archiving purposes.

  • How can I restore a ".WSP backup" file to recover SharePoint data?

    To restore a ".WSP backup" file and recover SharePoint data, you can follow these steps:

    1. Ensure that you have the necessary permissions to restore the backup and access the SharePoint farm.
    2. Open SharePoint Central Administration on the server where SharePoint is installed.
    3. Go to "Backup and Restore" under the "Backup" section.
    4. Click on "Restore from a backup" to start the restore process.
    5. On the "Restore from Backup" page, select the "File" option and browse to the location where the ".WSP backup" file is stored.
    6. Select the backup file and click "Next" to continue.
    7. On the "Restore Options" page, select the appropriate restore options based on your requirements. You can choose to restore everything or specific components such as sites, lists, libraries, etc.
    8. Click "Next" to proceed.
    9. On the "Restore Selections" page, select the specific components you want to restore from the backup file. You can select individual sites, lists, libraries, etc., or choose to restore everything.
    10. Click "Next" to continue.
    11. On the "Restore Progress" page, review the summary of the restore operation and click "Start Restore" to begin the restore process.
    12. Monitor the progress of the restore operation. Depending on the size of the backup file and the selected components, it may take some time to complete.
    13. Once the restore process is finished, you will receive a completion message. Click "OK" to finish.
    14. Verify that the SharePoint data has been successfully restored by accessing the restored sites, lists, libraries, etc.

    Note: It is important to ensure that the version of SharePoint you are restoring to matches the version from which the backup was taken. Additionally, it is recommended to test the restore process in a non-production environment before performing it on a live SharePoint farm.

  • Are there any specific tools or software that can be used to manage and manipulate ".WSP backup" files efficiently?

    Yes, there are several tools and software that can be used to manage and manipulate ".WSP backup" files efficiently. Some of these tools include:

    1. SharePoint Solution Installer: This tool allows you to install, uninstall, and manage SharePoint solution files (.wsp) easily. It provides a user-friendly interface for managing solution files and can be used to deploy, update, and remove solutions.
    2. SharePoint Solution Deployer: This is a command-line tool that helps in deploying SharePoint solution files (.wsp) to SharePoint farms. It allows you to automate the deployment process and provides options for deploying solutions to specific web applications, site collections, or globally.
    3. SharePoint Management Shell: This is a command-line administration tool for SharePoint that provides a set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets specifically designed for managing SharePoint environments. It can be used to manage and manipulate .wsp files, including installing, upgrading, and removing solutions.
    4. SharePoint Designer: This is a free web and application design program provided by Microsoft for SharePoint. It can be used to open and modify .wsp files, including editing workflows, customizing forms, and creating custom solutions.
    5. Visual Studio: If you are a developer, you can use Visual Studio to manage and manipulate .wsp files efficiently. Visual Studio provides a comprehensive set of tools for building and deploying SharePoint solutions, including creating, packaging, and deploying .wsp files.

    These are just a few examples of tools and software that can be used to manage and manipulate .wsp backup files efficiently. The choice of tool depends on your specific requirements and preferences.

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