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How to Create a File History Backup in Windows 10

Microsoft introduce the File History option in Windows 8.1/10 allowing users the ability to back up their files in Libraries, Contacts, Favorites and Desktop automatically, simply by turning this option on and selecting a drive. Here decribes 2 methods to create a File History Backup in Windows 10.


Method 1: Create a File History Backup in Settings

With this steps below, you can choose an external drive or network location for your backups.

Step 1: Go from Start menu, click Settings, and click on the Update & security icon.

Step 2: Click on Backup tab on the left pane, then select Add a drive and then choose an external drive or network location for your backups.

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Tip: Or you can select More Options to configure how often File History backs up, how long it keeps backup copies. Then click on Back up now.

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Step 3: Turn on automatically back up my file. File History will create a new backup version of your files from your added folders.

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Method 2: To Enable File History Backup in Control Panel

You can select to save backups to an internal hard drive, externally connected drive ( USB drive), or you can save to a drive on a network in Control Panel.

Step 1: Open Control Panel, click System & Security, then click on File History icon.

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Step 2: By default, File History is turned Off. Once select a drive, click Turn on and the process will begin automatically.

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Tip: If you have turn on Automatically back up my files before, click Run now under your selected drive.

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Step 3: If you want to change the location to store your backups, Select a drive that you want and then click OK.

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Step 4: File History will now create a new backup version of your files from your added folders

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You can stop the file history feature by clicking the Stop link (see in above sreenshot). And you can configure important options of File History, like Restore personal files from Backups.