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    Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10

    Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10

    How to Manually Create a File History Backup in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Backup & Restore
    02 Jun 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Manually Create a File History Backup in Windows 10

    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.

    File History adds 26 characters to each file name as it backs up. The maximum total full path length of any file that it backs up is 210 characters, including these 26 characters. Thus any original file with a full path length of 185 or more characters is ignored and will not be included in the back up.



    Contents

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






    OPTION ONE

    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)

    Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10-backup_file_history_settings-1.png

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

    Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10-backup_file_history_settings-2.png

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

    Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10-backup_file_history_settings-3.png

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






    OPTION TWO

    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)

    Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10-backup_file_history_control_panel-1.png

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

    Backup Files and Folders with File History in Windows 10-backup_file_history_control_panel-2.png

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


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. D4ni3l's Avatar
    Posts : 288
    Microsoft Windows 10 x64
       #1

    working well in W10-1803 (17134.238) and very efficient
    I have set it to backup "My Documents".

    Set it & Forget it

    warning : if a file is opened (as example outlook.pst), it is not backed up
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  2. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #2

    Is this statement correct Making new backups with File History is no longer supported starting with Windows 10 build 16215?

    I bought a new laptop last October now on v1909 and File History works.
      My Computers

  3. timofort's Avatar
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       #3

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      My Computers

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,762
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Yeah, I guess I can remove that warning now since everyone should have a higher build.
      My Computers


 

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