Article ID : 00020320 / Last Modified : 03/29/2019Print

How to set up and use the File History feature to automatically backup personal data files.

    The File History feature within the operating system is a simple way of backing up your personal data files by saving copies of them to a specific external storage device. This allows you to easily get those files back if they are ever lost or damaged.

    IMPORTANT: An external storage device must be connected before attempting to enable and use the File History feature.

    1. Press the Windows Logo + X key combination on the keyboard and, from the list, click Control Panel.Image

      NOTE: Because the Control Panel is a traditional Windows Desktop application, if you were not already there, the interface will change to the Desktop and the Control Panel window will open.

    2. In the Control Panel window, click System and Security.
    3. In the System and Security window, click File History.
    4. In the File History window, click the Turn on button. Image
    5. Once File History is turned on, click Advance settings. Image
    6. In the Advance settings screen, click to specify how often you want to save copies of your files, and how long to keep saved copies. Image
    7. To restore your previously saved personal data files, click on Restore personal files in the File History window. Restore personal file

      NOTE: This will open the File History screen which shows your saved files and folders. If File History has run multiple times, you can use the left and right arrow buttons on the bottom of the screen to navigate to the date or time of your preferred saved files to restore. Home-File History

    8. Select which folders and/or files you would like to restore and click on the green Restore to original location button. Home-File History select

      NOTE: The selected folders and files will begin to be copied to their original locations. This make take some time to complete, depending on how much data is being restored. Copying of files