Tuesday Tip: Windows File History

By: Blaine Williams

Windows File History is a built-in Windows tool (introduced in Windows 8) that provides end users with the functionality to restore local files to previously modified versions. This tool can also be used to restore deleted files within the Windows operating system. As a prerequisite to enabling Windows File History, you’ll need an external hard drive or large capacity USB flash drive to connect to your PC. You can then configure File History to automatically back up your desktop, documents, favorites, and more.

To enable File History, connect your USB/external hard drive to your PC, and open PC Settings from the start menu. Once you are in PC settings you should see an option called Update & Security. Select that option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the left pane of Update & Security you should see an option that says Backup. Select that option and then click add drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After selecting add drive, you should see your USB/external drive as an available option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have File History enabled and pointing to your USB/external drive, the final step is to configure the frequency and retention of your backups with the more options button located directly under the add drive button. This will give you the peace of mind that Windows is automatically backing up your important files at the frequency and retention that you set.

 

Blaine Williams | Network 1 Consulting

Blaine Williams

Utilizing years of technical experience and exceptional communication skills, Blaine has made it his personal goal to ensure that all current and future clients receive the highest-level support possible.

bwilliams@network1consulting.com or 678.956.2535

Network 1 Consulting is a 20-year-old IT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices. Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients value most are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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