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How to Restore Files Using File History in Windows 10

File History is a practical file backup app built into Windows 10. It can automatically save copies of your files from your computer to an external or network drive, so that you can restore your files when they get lost, damaged, or deleted.

If you have already enabled File History to back up files on Windows 10, how can you restore the files when needed? Although you can go directly to the backup drive and then copy the backed-up files back to your computer, restoring files with the File History app is usually more convenient. In this article, we will show you how to restore files from File History on Windows 10.

Restore files using File History

In short, you can follow these two steps.

Step 1: Open the File History app.

In Windows 10, there are many different ways you can open the File History application window that allows you to restore files.

Way 1: From File Explorer. Go to File Explorer, open the drive or folder you have backed up using File History, and then click the History option on the Home tab.

click History option

Way 2: Using Windows search. Type file history in the search box next to the Windows button, and then click Restore your files from File history appearing in the search results.

search File History

Way 3: From Control Panel. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Restore your files with File History.

restore files with file history

Way 4: From Settings. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Backup. On the Backup settings panel, click More options under the “Back up using File History” section. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and then click “Restore files from a current backup”.

restore files from current backup

Step 2: Restore files from File History.

1. When the drive or folder’s File History window opens, you can preview all backed-up folders and files from there. If there are multiple backup versions, you can click the left and right arrows at the bottom of the windows to switch to different versions.

If you can’t find the backup you want, search it in the search box at the top of the window. For example, you can enter the path to the backed-up folder, such as D:\, and then press Enter.

look for files

2. Select the files you want to restore, and then click the Restore button at the bottom to restore the files to their original location. Or, you can click the gear icon at near the top right corner of the window, and then select Restore to from the menu to restore the files to your desired location.

click Restore

Additional way to restore files from File History

In addition to the File History window, you can also restore File History backup from the folder's Properties dialog. Here is how.

Step 1: Right-click the drive or folder you have backed up using File History, then select Restore previous versions from the menu.

click Restore previous versions

Step 2: The folder’s Properties dialog opens, and its File History backups are displayed under the Previous Versions tab. Select a backup version and click the Restore button to restore the folder to its original location.

click Restore button