How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

There is more than one way to review a provided text and make it concise and impactful. One important aspect to consider is real-time backup. Why would you need it? Well, file versions and data loss scenarios come to mind. There may be times when you lose data because you didn’t save it, and you desperately want to go back to a previous version. Or perhaps you need to undo modifications you made. In Windows 8, there is a feature called File History that can help with file recovery from important folders like Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts. Today, we will learn how to enable and configure this backup and protection layer.

Enable Windows 8 File History to Backup File Versions

File History isn’t activated by default. The reason is that a backup location needs to be selected before you can enable it. Typically, the backup location is an external drive or network location, so the activation process requires user input. Here’s how to enable it:

Step 1: Plug in a USB drive (pen drive or external hard disk) to use as a backup device.

Step 2: Press Windows + W to open the Settings Search screen. Type “file history” in the search box and select “File History” from the results.

How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

Step 3: On the File History window, click the Turn on button to enable the file history feature.

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Note: Make sure you have an external drive inserted or select a network location for backup.

Manage Windows 8 File History

When file history feature is activated, the File History window will display a green band. However, the selected drive must always be inserted for the feature to work in the background.

How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

You can change the drive or choose a network location by selecting “Select Drive.” On the next window, choose a drive from the list or add a network location.

How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

By going to Advanced settings, you can change important settings. The system takes a backup every 1 hour. You can change the duration, choose the size of offline cache, and set the duration or number of file history/versions you want to maintain.

How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

To make the content more concise and impactful, unnecessary words and phrases can be eliminated. Here is the revised text:

“You may apply the exclusion theorem by navigating to ‘Exclude folders.’ Click on ‘Add’ and select the folder/sub folder you want to exclude from the backup. For example, I have excluded the ‘Pictures’ library from the backup process.”

How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

To recover a deleted file, navigate to “Restore personal files.” Select the file and version to be restored, then right-click and choose to restore it to the original location or a new location.

How to Backup File Versions in Windows 8 Using File History

Conclusion

This feature is one of those you won’t need every day but on the days you need it, you can’t do without it.

Most of you are going to turn this feature on. I did so. And, since I always have my external disk connected to my laptop, I do not have to worry about losing important documents.

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