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The practice of backing up important files is always considered a good idea because you never know when you will need them. However, the activity is ignored by many users. In fact, statistics show that less than 5% of PC consumers use Windows Backup. To change this habit, Windows 8 has developed a new feature called File History.
File History is a backup application that permanently protects your personal files in Libraries, Desktops, Favorites and Contacts folders. The program has been specially developed to protect personal files and therefore does not back up operating system files or applications. It is assumed that the new feature is more powerful than Windows Backup and Restore in Windows 7, and when enabled, it regularly checks the file system for modified files and copies them to another location if they are found.
Configure and use file history under Windows 8
- Before you start, you must configure a drive to save the files. It is recommended to use an external drive or network location as a repository to protect your files from crash or other PC problems.
- Next, you must configure the file history. How? Open the’File History’ checkbox, connect an external drive, refresh the page, then press or click’Power On’.
- You can also set the player to auto playback mode by connecting the player to your PC and clicking the’Tap’ message to select what happens to the removable drives.
- Then click the – option Configure this drive for backup.
- Once this is done, the file history runs in the background and your libraries, desktops, favorites and contacts are checked for changes (once per hour). When changes are known, the ingenious program automatically copies them to the’File History’ drive.
More experienced PC users can use advanced file history functions to control many aspects of operation. For example, a user can exclude a folder. To do this, simply go to the Control Panel and select’Exclude Folders’.
Then click the Add button, navigate to the folder you want to exclude and select it.
To access other advanced settings, visit the Advanced Settings page by clicking the’Advanced Settings’ option under Control Panel.
File history also supports many new functions. For example, there is the’Recover Files’ function, which allows you to recover lost files if something unusual happens in your personal files.
File Recovery in Windows 8
Microsoft has made file recovery very easy. The recovery application makes it very easy:
- Browse personal libraries, folders and files in a very similar way to Windows Explorer.
- Search for specific versions by keywords, file names and date ranges.
- Preview versions of a selected file.
- Restore a file or a selection of files with a click or a mouse click.
All you have to do is click the’History’ button in Windows Explorer to see all versions of the selected library, folder or single file.
You can then view the complete history of a library.
If you wish, you can click on a specific file and check the complete history of the selected image.
Once you have found the file you are looking for, you can click the Restore button to restore it.
The selected file is automatically restored to its original location.
The history of the file has been developed with two main objectives:
- Better possible protection of the user’s personal data.
- Bring lightness, simplicity and tranquility.
For more information about the File History function in Windows 8, see MSDN Blogs.
You can learn more about how to backup, restore, add more files, change the drive, exclude folders, configure file history, delete old versions, make backups to the local drive and much more HERE.
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