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    Windows 10 Home 64-bit version 22H2 build 10.0.19045.3448
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    File History not running


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    Greetings,

    I already tried asking this in Microsoft Answers. I see someone else has this problem.

    How do I get File History to run automatically? I can get it to run once by clicking Settings > Update & Security > Backup > More options > Back up now. Turning it off and then on again doesn't help.

    Settings shows the drive letter H: listing twice, which is weird.

    A tutorial says you can reset File History without losing data. This is not the case. After resetting it I lost my settings. The data was still there, but clicking "Backup up now" begins backing up everything to a separate folder.

    When I click Control Panel > System and Security > File History > Advanced settings > Open File History event logs to view recent events or errors, I get an error message saying:

    End Snap-in
    This snap-in is not responding.
    To return to MMC and check the status of the snap-in, click Cancel.
    If you choose to end the snap-in immediately, you will lose any unsaved
    data. To end the snap-in now, click End Now.


    I would appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Shane.
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  2. Posts : 773
    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.2006)
       #2

    What happens if you run file history from Control Panel?

    File History not running-file-history.jpg

    I mean to say I saw the error message you are getting, but why I have no idea?

    From Control Panel GUI, you should be able to click "File History" immediately; not System and Security.

    EDIT: Sorry, I just saw why you went to "System and Security" but I still would be interested if you got the same error from the Control Panel GUI.

    Another quick thought:

    Is the drive that you are intending to use for the "File History" listed twice in your Navigation Pane in File Explorer?

    File History not running-twice.jpg
    Last edited by EyeInTheSky; 10 Feb 2020 at 22:54.
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  3. Posts : 67
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit version 22H2 build 10.0.19045.3448
    Thread Starter
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    The only error message is when I try to open Event Viewer from the Control Panel. I'm assuming that there was no error back when File History work.

    From the Control Panel I can run File History manually, but even thought I have "Save copies of files:" set to "Every 10 minutes", it doesn't run.

    I'm really frustrated.

    Shane.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.2006)
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    Shanester said:
    The only error message is when I try to open Event Viewer from the Control Panel. I'm assuming that there was no error back when File History work.

    From the Control Panel I can run File History manually, but even thought I have "Save copies of files:" set to "Every 10 minutes", it doesn't run.

    I'm really frustrated.

    Shane.

    I understand.

    I had the same problem before myself with "File History" not running on the selected schedule and I'm trying to remember if it had to do with system file corruption.

    You might want to run sfc /scannow from an Administrative Command Prompt and check for file corruption.
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  5. Posts : 67
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit version 22H2 build 10.0.19045.3448
    Thread Starter
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    EyeInTheSky said:
    Is the drive that you are intending to use for the "File History" listed twice in your Navigation Pane in File Explorer?
    No, it is only listed once there.

    EyeInTheSky said:
    I had the same problem before myself with "File History" not running on the selected schedule and I'm trying to remember if it had to do with system file corruption.

    You might want to run sfc /scannow from an Administrative Command Prompt and check for file corruption.
    You mean you fixed it? Please let me know if you can remember.

    I might have to let sfc run overnight.

    Shane.
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  6. Posts : 773
    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.2006)
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    Shanester said:
    No, it is only listed once there.



    You mean you fixed it? Please let me know if you can remember.

    I might have to let sfc run overnight.

    Shane.
    Yes, I fixed it, but no longer use it; so the fix evades me at the moment.

    This is obviously on your computer with the 1 TB drive.

    Ouch - yeah, it could take overnight to run it, but sometimes it has to be run more than once with a reboot in-between and a reboot after if it does find corruption. Some times the corruption cannot be repaired and in which case the DISM repair command must be ran as an alternate repair option.
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  7. Posts : 67
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit version 22H2 build 10.0.19045.3448
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    EyeInTheSky said:
    This is obviously on your computer with the 1 TB drive.
    It is an HP USB 3.0 External Portable Drive (px3100).

    I will let you know how the sfc goes.

    Shane.
      My Computer


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    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.2006)
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    Shanester said:
    It is an HP USB 3.0 External Portable Drive (px3100).

    I will let you know how the sfc goes.

    Shane.
    Well, the SFC scan is intended for your main computer unless you have reason to believe your External Portable Drive (px3100) is somehow the problematic device..... in which case you could try hooking the portable drive to a usb port on the back of the computer instead of a front port usb.

    EDIT: Wait a minute, that is a Notebook or Elitebook computer isn't it?
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  9. Posts : 67
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit version 22H2 build 10.0.19045.3448
    Thread Starter
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    I ran sfc and it said "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them." It seems to be working now.

    EyeInTheSky said:
    EDIT: Wait a minute, that is a Notebook or Elitebook computer isn't it?
    Yes. Click on "My Computer" under my name to see the specifications.

    Thanks for your help.
    Shane.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 - Version 21H2 (OS Build 19044.2006)
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    Shanester said:
    I ran sfc and it said "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them." It seems to be working now.
    Good to hear and you are most Welcome!

    Remember to run sfc after major Cumulative updates as well.

    I recently tried File History just for the heck of it (been years) and it wouldn't run on schedule, so I checked my system with sfc and low and behold it found corruption and fixed it which in turn allowed File History to run on the every ten minute schedule.

    Windows Update hasn't corrupted my system in a while, so I guess it was do. I had started a thread a while back pointing out that after every major Cumulative Update my System File Checker (sfc) would find corruption and fix it. It was only doing it after Cumulative Updates for about three months straight and then recently stopped about two months ago and then did it after this last Cumulative Update.

    So, I just made it a habit to run sfc at least once a week - it fixes a lot of things that you wouldn't think of.

    Windows Update not updating is one of the major things that my sfc scans kept fixing. They have a Troubleshooter specifically for Windows Update, yet sfc is what fixed it - Go figure!
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