How to use Windows 10 File History

How to use Windows 10 File History


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File History is a native feature of Windows 10. With this feature, you can save all your files automatically, which allows for easier data recovery, especially if you have changed or deleted them by mistake.

  • How to automatically backup your files

  • How to recover a previous version of a file

  • How to restore a file in case of problem

To perform file recovery, the File History feature regularly performs a backup of all your files and personal data while you work. These backups can be easily accessed from a history and you can restore data and files depending on the time of the backup. It is very important to define a secure storage location (preferably external) in advance to get the most out of this feature.

How to automatically backup your files

To begin, you need to define a location to store your regular backups. An external location is recommended to prevent your PC from being overloaded, in addition to always having a backup of your files on your PC and off it.

In the menu Start (Windows icon in the lower left corner), open the settings (gear icon) and click Update and security:

In the menu on the left, click Backup. In the center, click Add a unit in the option Backup using file history:

When you complete this step, you will see that automatic backup has been activated. After that, click the button More options. The complete list of your files will appear. You can add a folder of your choice by clicking Add a folder:

Select your preferred folder and click Choose folder. You can also remove a folder if you think that the backup is not necessary. Just click on it and Remove folder.

Then, start the first backup of your folders and files. They will be automatically saved, per hour, to the external hard drive you define. Go back to the top of the menu Backup options and click Back up now. Know that you can change the frequency if an hourly backup does not interest you:


How to recover a previous version of a file

Have you recently changed one of your files and need to find an older version of it? Locate the file in question on your desktop, right-click and, in the menu that appears, select Restore previous versions:

In the window that opens, click on the tab Previous versions and select the correct version of the file to be recovered:

At the bottom right of the window, click Restore to, choose where to save this version and confirm with the button Select File. It will be restored to the selected location.

How to restore a file in case of problem

Did you delete one of your files by mistake or did you make an error while modifying it? You can find it easily and restore it to a location of your choice. Return to the menu Start > settings > Update and Security. Then open the option Backup > More options, scroll to the bottom of the menu and click Restore files from a current backup:

Click on the file to be restored, in the list that appears, and select the correct version. Then, right click on the green button, located at the bottom of the menu. If you click To restore, the file will be restored to its original location, replacing the most recent version (if any). If you click Restore to, you can define a location or copy it.

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