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Windows 7 had a feature where I could open the properties of a folder and access "Previous Versions" of files within that folder.

I no longer see this capability in Windows 8, and I have double-checked that I have protection turned "On" for my hard disks at the System Properties window.

Was this feature removed, and if so, what good is turning protection "On" for non-OS disks anymore?

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The "Previous Versions" feature was removed from Windows 8 because usage of the feature was low and negatively impacted system performance.

It has been replaced with File History.

Turning protection on for non-OS disks is only useful for System Restore (e.g. if you choose to install software on non-OS disks).

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