How to back up files on Windows 8 with File History

Posted by Britt Duncan - April 29, 2014

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 provides a great feature named File History, which can help you back up your files with using other third-party tools and going through all setup troubles. With a few steps, the File History will be able to make a copy of the selected files automatically. Check it out!

1. Access the File History.

Tap Win + R key to display the search box, type file history and select it from the search lists.


Also, You can access File History by clicking Control Panel and move to System and Security where you can will find the File History link on the right panel.



2. Configure File History settings.

You can either back up files to another computer from the home group or use a external hard drive/USB drive. If you prefer latter, insert the hard drive and click Turn on button. Seeing the prompt to recommend the drive to other members of the homegroup, hit No and proceed.



    Add/exclude specific file folder. File History backs up selected files only, to be more specific, it takes care of the default Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos libraries, the Desktop, Contacts, Internet Explorer favorites and the SkyDrive.

–What if you have some other crucial items saved on other location? File History provides no option to include other specific folder, but it does allow you to create a new folder within the default libraries. To do that, you can right click on a default library and select New. Next, you will be able to move the essential files to that folder to back up as well.

–What if you have some files and folder in the default libraries that you don’t want to back up? In fact, you may notice an option named Exclude folders on the left panel. To exclude some libraries and folders, click that link, press Add and select the files you don’t want to create a copy.


    Advanced settings. On the left side panel, there is also a Advanced Settings option, where you configure copy frequency, size of offline cache and how long you want to keep this the saved files. Adjust the settings to whatever you want it to be.



3. Restore files with File History.

If you need to recover the files with the help of File History, open its window and click Restore personal files link on the left panel. Select the most desired saved version of the files with the left/eight arrow, and hit the green spin arrow when you make up your mind. With these simple steps, you can retrieve your personal files painlessly.


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