Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10

    information   Information
    File History was first introduced in Windows 8, and has been improved in Windows 10.

    You can use File History to automatically back up versions of your files on a schedule to a location you select to save to. You can select to save backups to an internal hard drive, externally connected drive (ex: USB drive), or you can save to a drive on a network. You can add, remove, and exclude folders to be backed up by File History.

    Over time, you'll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files.

    File History takes advantage of a feature built into the NTFS file system called the change journal to keep track of changes to files. Essentially, when any change is made to a file or folder on your hard disk, the change journal is updated with a description of the change and the name of the file or folder. So to determine which files need to be backed up, File History simply consults the NTFS change journal. Using the change journal is fast and efficient and won't use up a lot of system resources like running a conventional backup routine does.

    If the drive selected as the backup location becomes unavailable, such as when a USB cable is disconnected or the network goes down for maintenance, File History will continue to do its job by saving the copies to a cache on the local drive. Once the backup location becomes available again, the cached contents are transferred to that location and removed from the local drive.

    For more about File History, see:


    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off using File History to back up your files for your account in Windows 10.

    warning   Warning
    Making new backups with File History is no longer supported starting with Windows 10 build 16215.

    You can still restore files from an existing File History backup though.

    File History will eventually be replaced by a new feature called Timeline.

    Update: File History is back in Windows 10 build 16226.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off File History in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off File History in Control Panel





    Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off File History in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Do step 3 (off) or step 4 (on) for what you want to do.


     3. To Turn Off File History

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on Backup on the left side, and turn off Automatically back up my files on the right side. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you see Add a drive instead, then File History is already turned off without having a selected drive.


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    B) You can now close Settings if you like.


     4. To Turn On File History

    A) Click/tap on Backup on the left side, and turn on Automatically back up my files on the right side. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you see Add a drive instead, then you will need to select a File History drive instead. File History will automatically be turned on afterwards.


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    B) File History will now be turned on. If you like, click/tap on More options (see screenshot above) and make any changes to the backup options you want. (see screenshots below)

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    Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off File History in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off File History in Control Panel

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the File History icon.

    2. Do step 3 (off) or step 4 (on) for what you want to do.


     3. To Turn Off File History

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Turn off button. (see screenshot below)

    B) You can now close the Control Panel if you like.

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     4. To Turn On File History

    A) Click/tap on the Turn on button. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you do not want to use the current drive (ex: E: ) for File History, then you will need to select a File History drive you want instead. File History will automatically be turned on afterwards.

    If you have a previous backup on this File History drive, then you can select to use it.


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    B) File History will now be turned on. If you like, you can make any changes to the backup options you want. (see screenshots below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    06 Nov 2016 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Hi Shawn,
    I am still using Backup and Restore (Windows 7), I like it because it only runs once a week instead of File History running constantly in the background. Aside from that do you see any advantages to using File History over the old Windows 7 backup?
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  2.    06 Nov 2016 #2
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
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    Hello Hemimax,

    I always say use whatever works best for your needs.

    File History runs more often, but that will help make sure that changes to your files are kept backed up more often to be able to restore previous versions of these files as needed.

    Personally, I don't use any backup features or programs since I only need to just manually copy and paste what I want backed up to a separate hard drive. This makes it much easier and more compatible to restore.
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  3.    06 Nov 2016 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    KS City
    Posts : 609
    Win 10 Pro v1709 16299.19

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    It is probably overkill but I to prefer using multiple HDD's for images and copies of folders beyond the weekly backups.

    As always, I certainly enjoy reading your tutorials and finding new ideas.
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