Windows 10 Home File History

  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (22H2)

    Windows 10 Home File History

    Hi everyone,
    This may be an already answered problem, but it is something that has been affecting my system for a long time now.
    I always keep my software updated to the latest available version at all times. Every time I do an update to Windows 10, either a preview update or cumulative update, File History ALWAYS STOPS WORKING.
    The next time I remember to look at the Control Panel I see that it hasn't done anything since the update occurred. I then click on Run Now, and it starts working again as configured.
    Is there something that can be done to make this work properly?? Does it happen on other systems, or is mine a one-off case??
    Any thoughts would be very appreciated.
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 42,984
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, File History can be turned on by making a suitable change to the registry, the same as is made via Settings etc.
    Option 4:
    How to Enable or Disable File History in Windows

    As a workaround you could perhaps make that same change each time Windows starts, so you don't have to worry about it.

    I have never used or relied on Windows native backup features- or OneDrive come to that. Too many issues reported- 3rd party programs tend to be more reliable and less restricted.
      My Computers

  3. Posts : 1

    I’ve got the following from
    How to Delete Backup Files in Windows 10 When Backup Disk Full
    and tried it successfully on two systems (Win11 Pro).

    The command (in cmd):
    „FHManageW -backupnow“
    (seemingly an undocumented switch)
    will cause a manual execution of File History. - Same effect as clicking “Run now” in the GUI under “Control Panel\System and Security\File History”.
    Place the aforementioned command in a “.bat” file and have it run automatically (at a specified interval or other trigger) with Windows Task Scheduler.
    This even works for multiple accounts on the same machine:
    Let’s assume you have one “admin” and one “user” account. Create File History Backup in the GUI for both of them in their individual accounts. Under “admin” create two Task Scheduler jobs. One for “admin” and the other for “user”. Both jobs call the “.bat”, containing aforementioned command. Set the jobs to run even if no user is logged in.
    It is probably easier to manage both jobs under “admin” but this works as well if the Task Scheduler jobs are set up separately in “admin” and “user” accounts.
      My Computer


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