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How to Manually Create a File History Backup in Windows 10

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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.

The default folders in your "C:\Users\(user name)" profile folder are added by default 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.

When you turn on File History, you can also manually create a backup of your files on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to manually create a back up of your files and folders on demand with File History in Windows 10.

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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 Manually Create File History Backup in Settings
  • Option Two: To Manually Create File History Backup in Control Panel





Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10
To Manually Create File History Backup in Settings

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

2. Click/tap on Backup on the left side, and click/tap on the More options on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on the Back up now button. (see screenshot below)

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4. File History will now create a new backup version of your files from your added folders. (see screenshot below)

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5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10
To Manually Create File History Backup in Control Panel

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

2. Click/tap on the Run link under your selected drive. (see screenshot below)

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3. File History will now create a new backup version of your files from your added folders. (see screenshot below)

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4. When finished, you can close the File History control panel if you like.



That's it,
Shawn