Windows 10: Windows 10 File History Not Backing Up Automatically

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  1.    18 Dec 2016 #1

    Windows 10 File History Not Backing Up Automatically


    I've had Windows 10 file history enabled since i got Windows 10 on release.

    It backs up every hour and has been working fine for over a year.

    A few days ago i went to restore a file and noticed that the file was not in the backup. I checked my backup, and noticed that it had not been backing up for a few days.

    I checked file history settings and its still set to back up every hour. If i manually back up, it works fine, but it does NOT automatically backup every hour.

    I have tried turning file history off and on, but no resolve.

    In the meantime i have been manually opening file history and backing up once a day, but obviously that isn't ideal.

    Can anyone assist?
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  2. Posts : 375
    Windows 10 Home x64
       18 Dec 2016 #2

    Welcome to tenforums lumpycustard

    I don't use that function to backup files, this might seem like a stupid question, but does the backup run if there's been no change to any files? Just a thought, if nothing's changed, it might detect that and not run.
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  3. Posts : 375
    Windows 10 Home x64
       18 Dec 2016 #3

    @Brink has created many very useful tutorials for tenforums https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/

    This may answer your question https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...-a.html?filter[1]=Backup Restore

    Scroll to the bottom of the tutorial to see related tutorials, the tutorials are all like that with related tutorials at the bottom of the one you're looking at. Very helpful, we can thank Brink, and many of the knowledgeable users here for creating, and contributing to them.
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  4. Posts : 279
    Windows 10
       19 Dec 2016 #4

    I have been using File History for about 3 years with Windows 8.1/10. Mine is set to 12 hours with the intention of a daily backup.
    Occasionally when I look it has not done anything for several days, much the same as what you are seeing. However, this is not new, it always was the case.

    I attribute this to there being no file changes and being a low priority background task, or it caching a small number of changes and doing it later (or by a user doing the Run Now option).

    I always manually save versions anyway when required for my own peace of mind.
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  5. Posts : 1,750
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       19 Dec 2016 #5

    lumpycustard said: View Post
    I've had Windows 10 file history enabled since i got Windows 10 on release.

    It backs up every hour and has been working fine for over a year.

    A few days ago i went to restore a file and noticed that the file was not in the backup. I checked my backup, and noticed that it had not been backing up for a few days.

    I checked file history settings and its still set to back up every hour. If i manually back up, it works fine, but it does NOT automatically backup every hour.

    I have tried turning file history off and on, but no resolve.

    In the meantime i have been manually opening file history and backing up once a day, but obviously that isn't ideal.

    Can anyone assist?
    I find File History (FH) stops updating for no particular reason. I reset it as follows:
    • Stop FH
    • Delete FH config files at C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Configuration
    • Restart FH and choose to use the same backup drive as before
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  6.    26 Dec 2016 #6

    CmmTch said: View Post
    I don't use that function to backup files, this might seem like a stupid question, but does the backup run if there's been no change to any files? Just a thought, if nothing's changed, it might detect that and not run.
    Hey mate, unfortunately no, that's not how it should work. File History should make a backup on schedule, even if no changes have been made. If no changes have been made, the backup should only take a few seconds, but it should update the timestamp to show that it has done a backup, i.e. "last successful backup 27th of December @ 3:30PM". The issue i'm facing is that it will stop backing up for several days.

    Sometimes i might find that it has randomly backed up at 6PM, but then it won't do anything for the rest of the night. It *should* be backing up hourly.

    Helmut said: View Post
    I attribute this to there being no file changes and being a low priority background task, or it caching a small number of changes and doing it later (or by a user doing the Run Now option).
    This is not how File History should work. If no changes have been made, it should still do a backup (even if that backup saves nothing), and the timestamp should update to reflect that.

    In any case, like i mentioned in my first post, i tried to restore a file on my desktop and found that it wasn't there, because FH had not been backing up for several days.

    Steve C said: View Post
    I find File History (FH) stops updating for no particular reason. I reset it as follows:
    • Stop FH
    • Delete FH config files at C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Configuration
    • Restart FH and choose to use the same backup drive as before
    Thanks, i've given this a try, will report back.
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  7.    02 Jan 2017 #7

    OK after extensive testing i am unable to figure out any pattern for this issue.

    First up, the last manual backup i completed was at 11:30AM on December 29th.

    At 6:30PM on the 29th it backed up automatically (why did it randomly wait 7 hours?).

    Today is the 3rd of January and it has not backed up since December 29th, 6:30PM.

    If i manually back up, it works fine.
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  8. Posts : 375
    Windows 10 Home x64
       02 Jan 2017 #8

    Seems W10 has more than it's share of little non service affecting annoyances like this, there was a post at the bottom of this thread that was marked solved. In it @dalchina responded with a couple links in this thread On Windows 10 when does file history run? you might look at them to see if they maybe answer your questions.

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, it's not quite as simple as a scheduled task- and the task scheduler doesn't seem to be used for this- not the timed backups. There is a task there, but it doesn't contain that information even when FH is turned on.

    See
    Windows 8: File History explained | TechNet Magazine
    Windows 8: Protect your files | TechNet Magazine

    This includes a number of reasons for a backup to be delayed. Note too how backups can be cached until the backup medium is present, when all cached versions are written out.

    Thus there are significant reasons to find the backups are not written when you might expect.
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  9.    09 Jan 2017 #9

    No solution.

    I ended up deleting my entire backup drive, removing the backup drive from File History, then starting fresh...

    I did an initial backup at 12AM, then i checked back at 6am and noticed that it backed up at 1am, 2am, 3am.. all the way to 6am. So i shut down my computer. Finally i thought it was fixed.

    Got home tonight at 10PM, turned on my computer, it's now 11:15PM and the last backup was at 6am.

    So after a shut down it decided to stop automatically backing up again.

    Getting sick and tired of this, considering just changing to another piece of software to handle my backups. Acronis or something.
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  10. Posts : 1,750
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       09 Jan 2017 #10

    Like I said, File History is 'flaky'. I would use Macrium Free rather than Acronis software since I had problems with Acronis in the past.
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