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Is there any specific reasons why Windows 8 does not allow using File History in addition to Windows 7 File Recovery? The latter feature is known as Backup and Restore in Windows 7.

If I setup File History first, and then Windows 7 File Recovery, both seem to co-exist.

If I setup Windows 7 File Recovery, then I cannot use File History:

Windows 7 backup is currently configured and must be disabled to configure File History.

Windows 7 backup is currently configured and must be disabled to configure File History.

What is the downside of using both at the same time?

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If I setup File History first, and then Windows 7 File Recovery, both seem to co-exist.

In that case, and based on some research that I did, it seems like you can work around the problem by temporarily disabling the backup service:

  1. Find Windows Backup in the list of services.
  2. Stop it if it's running.
  3. Disable the service:
    1. Either double-click it or right-click it and then click Properties.
    2. Set Startup type to Disabled

At this point the Windows File History tool in Control Panel should now work properly. After you have File History setup the way you want, re-enable Windows Backup service by changing its startup type to Manual. All should be well.

As to the "why" for this, I couldn't begin to guess.

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