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How to Back Up Files with File History in Windows 10

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Posted: 12 Jul, 2017
Updated: 13 Jul, 2017

Windows' File History is one of the easiest ways to automatically back up your data files and it even lets you go back in time to retrieve earlier versions of them. However, this helpful feature, which is avilable in Windows 8 and 10, is turned off by default. 

To use File History, you'll need a second storage device, such as a USB hard drive or SD card, to use with File History. Or you could use a network location, such as a shared folder on another PC on your network for the backup location. File History will back up all of the files in your libraries (Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos), as well as Desktop, Contacts, Favorites, and your OneDrive folders.

How to Set Up File History

1. Search for "file history" from the taskbar and click on "File History settings."

file history search2. Click "Add a drive" in the Settings app.

file history add drive

3. Select your drive or network location

file history select drive

To choose a network location, scroll down and click "Show all network locations" to find the shared location.

file history select network

4. Click "More options" to customize File History.

file history optionsHere you'll be able to change how frequently backups will run, how long they'll be kept, choose the folders to be backed up, exclude folders from the backup, or switch to a different drive.

file history options2

How to Restore a File with File History

To get an important file or folder back:

1. Search for "restore files" from the taskbar and click on "Restore your files with File History."

file history restore2. Navigate to the file or folder to restore. If you want to restore a previous version of a file, use the arrows to see earlier versions of it.

file history restore folder

3. Click the Restore button to save it in its original location. You can save it to a different location by right-clicking on the file then selecting "Restore to" and choosing a new location.


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