Tuesday Tip: Windows File History

By: Blaine Williams

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Blaine Williams: As Support Desk Manager at Network 1, Blaine uses his drive and passion to help people solve their problems. He started with the company in the role of Desktop Engineer and worked his way up to his current role by being dedicated to providing uncompromising client care.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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