File History is the name of the built-in backup software in Microsoft [Windows 8]. It supersedes Backup and Restore from [Windows 7] and earlier versions of Windows.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
21 views

How to monitor File History on Windows 8.1 / 10 remotely?

We are using File History feature in Windows 8.1 and 10 on the machines. It's been working well. Is there anyway from the administrator point of view (remotely) that can monitor this activity ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

Read locked files or a previous version thereof on Windows 10: A successor to Shadow Volume Copy?

TL;DR: Is there a non-deprecated alternative to volume shadow copy? I am regularly running incremental backups of my user-files to external drives, including ~/AppData since many programs store ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Merge folders and keep different file versions

Is it possible to merge multiple folder and keep all files in e.g. Windows 10. I was thinking about something somehow similiar to the Windows File History. For example, i have 2 folders (c:\folder, ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

Does Windows File History honor NTFS security restrictions?

I'm currently thinking about a proper defense strategy against ransomware. As a result of this I would like to myself (a standard local user, not an admin) with write access to as many locations as ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

Windows 8.1 File History not opening

My problem is that something uses large amounts of space on my main partition (100 GB out of 250 GB). I looked for everything and by now I suspect the Windows File History to be the one taking up the ...
1
vote
0answers
219 views

Configuring Windows 8/8.1/10 File History via command line

tl;dr: Is there a way to configure windows 8 file history via unattended command-line/some script? long story: I'm configuring a lot of stand-alone (non-domain) PCs and I think some backup is better ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

How can one merge Windows File History Backups

Background I've had Windows file history configured to backup to a network folder for the past couple of years. I now need more space than the company NAS can supply so I told windows to stop ...
3
votes
0answers
293 views

How to remove deleted files from File History on Windows 10?

I've removed some large files from my C drive, and now I want them gone from File History, too. It would seem that File History Cleanup would do this, based on what this dialog says: I'm not sure ...
0
votes
1answer
251 views

How to exclude libraries from File History backup in Windows 10?

I try to use the built-in File History tool in my Windows 10 Pro to create periodic backups of the important files I'm working on. I do not need to back up folders included into the standard libraries ...
2
votes
2answers
159 views

Change Windows 10 File History drive

For a while I ran file history using a 1TB external HDD that filled up pretty quickly due to my backup needs. Yesterday I purchased a new 6TB external to work with, turned file history off ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

This folder is empty when trying to restore from file history

I have created a library and included a folder in the library. When I look in Restore personal files, the library is listed, but when I double-click the library icon, the result is a blank box saying ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Assign the initial drive destination for storing File History via script or API

I can programmatically enable file history. But, when the external drive or network shared drive is available, I don't know how to tell the File history Application/Service to start using this drive, ...
0
votes
0answers
65 views

How to limit space which windows 10 file history may use

In windows 8.1 file history it was possible to limit file history to use only 5% (or 10%, 20% etc) of available disk space. In windows 10 this setting seems to have disappeared. How much space will ...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

Windows 10 - File History / Previous Versions - How apply history backups to non default folders?

I have had Windows 10 for some time and since using Windows 7, I really found the feature of Previous Versions useful. Since transitioning to Windows 10 I have found that I can not use the new File ...
3
votes
1answer
202 views

File History keeps saving copies of files that haven't changed

I have File History set up on my Windows 10 PC to save copies of my files to a network drive every hour. As I understand, it's supposed to only save those files that have changed since the last time ...
1
vote
0answers
76 views

Can I have multiple backups in Windows 10?

I have File History set up to backup to a network drive. However, I would also like to do periodical backups to an external USB drive, possibly with a different set of files. Does Windows 10 support ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

Can I restore files without creating File History for the first time

I had a system crash which required me to restore my PC from an earlier image and now I am trying to restore my files using Windows 8.1 File History. Now here is the catch. When I took this system ...
0
votes
0answers
158 views

File History keeps backing up entire user profile

I recently upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro and noticed that File History, which previously had been configured to only back up my OneDrive folder, now backs up my entire user profile ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Is there anyway to run File History not to backup locally on Windows 8.1?

We have Windows 8.1 laptop that have the File history is being setup into a network backup drive. It's working ok BUT due to the machine is not always at the premise so the user can take this home and ...
1
vote
0answers
91 views

File History not working on RAID-5 disks

I have a single hard disk along with a RAID-5 configured across 3 other disks. On Windows 7 I had shadow copies enabled and it worked great. After moving to Windows 10 I realized that File History ...
1
vote
2answers
415 views

Does Windows 10 File History protect against damaged drives?

I'm setting up a backup solution on a sibling's home computer. I have an external hard drive for backup roughly 300GB in size. I am backing up no more than 75GB of pictures and miscellaneous ...
-1
votes
1answer
64 views

Deleting “My documents” history

Using Windows XP, my file history is shown under start→my documents. I can delete files one at a time by right-click and selecting delete. I want to be able to remove multiple files at a time ...
2
votes
1answer
219 views

File History Cleanup errors with 800405ff

I'm trying to clean up my File History items on Window 8.1, but when I click on the "Clean up versions" I get the following error: Could not clean up File History data Failed to perform File ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Is it possible to get logs of dates when an application is launched in Mac OS X?

I am using Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Suppose I want to check for an application—such as Safari—the logs of the dates the application was launched. Is it possible to get?
0
votes
1answer
42 views

File History forgets itself and prompts for wrong destination

I purchased a new NAS device and I've created a FileHistory share on it for my File History backups. All works well until the device goes offline for some reason: I have to restart it, a power bump, ...
1
vote
1answer
944 views

Could not enable File History on Windows 8.1

I've just tried to enable File History on a Windows 8.1 machine but I get this message: I've: Rebooted Started the Windows service manually Set the Windows Service to automatic None of those ...
0
votes
1answer
583 views

remove windows file history timestamps in file name

I copied a folder created using windows 8 file history from a drive to a computer running windows 7. Since I couldn't use a restore function all the files have time stamps like 01 Disappearing World ...
0
votes
1answer
174 views

is it safe to compress the File History folder?

Is it safe to compress the File History folder in Windows 8? Mine has grown rather big and a lot of the files types would compress well. However, I dont see any information on compressing it. It ...
1
vote
1answer
79 views

How to see previous names of folders in windows?

I have a customer who we have installed software onto their server. This software allows the customer to upload zip folders to a server. The software then unzips them, and puts both the zip and the ...
3
votes
0answers
106 views

Why does Win 8.1 File History back up have a different number of files than the original folder

I just installed win 8.1 and am testing the File History as a back up tool. It's finish successfully backing up my Documents library. However when took a look at the properties of the orignal source ...
-1
votes
2answers
335 views

Using FileHistory on Windows 8 to backup to a specific folder on a network drive

How can I backup my windows 8.1 desktop to a specific folder on a network drive using the built in FileHistory? The entire drive is not just for my backup, so I want to backup under a specific folder: ...
3
votes
1answer
35 views

Will files that are nonexistent be deleted when selecting “All but newest items” in Windows File History?

When I select "All but newest items" in Windows File History clean up (https://i.holz.nu/063a2.jpg), will it also delete files which are not present on the original location anymore or does it really ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Windows 7 history of opened files

I opened a document probably a month ago, and I forgot its location. I want to know if Windows keeps a history of files opened that could help me retrieve that file from a list of opened files sorted ...
0
votes
0answers
436 views

Change username folder name that 'FIle history' creates in Windows 8

I followed the tutorial from How to rename user folder in Windows 8? on renaming user folder after the user has already logged in. Everything is working great, except, 'File History' tool still ...
1
vote
0answers
241 views

Restoring Windows 8/8.1 file history in Windows 7

Is it possible without doing any manual work (i.e. manually copying file history-saved files and de-duplicating and renaming them) to restore a Windows 8 backup (produced by File History) in Windows 7 ...
0
votes
1answer
4k views

Windows Backup service spawning endlessly and occupying processor

System is Windows 8.1 (Upgraded from 8). Windows Backup or "FileHistory" (as it seems to be named now) is deactivated - and always was. Problem: A service process named "Microsoft Windows Backup" is ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Can't enable File History with external drive

Why am I getting this error and how do I fix it? (Yes, the File History service is already running, so that's not the problem.)
7
votes
2answers
15k views

How do you restore from a File History backup to a new computer?

My computer died, but I have a File History backup from it. How do I transfer the data from there to my new computer? I can't just copy it because all the file names are appended with the date of ...
1
vote
2answers
5k views

Windows 8's File History tells me to “Reconnect your drive” when I try to clean up old backup data?

I was getting errors from File History telling me that the drive I've chosen to back everything up to is full. So I go into File History's advanced settings and click 'Clean up versions', which gets ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

In Windows 8.1, how can I configure File History to backup *some* of my SkyDrive folders?

I want File History to back up all of the folders in my SkyDrive except for the media folders (Music, Pictures, Videos, Podcasts). My media folders are "available online only", the rest of "available ...
0
votes
0answers
169 views

Backup content of external hard drive using Windows 8 File History

I would like to backup drives connected with USB to my Windows 8 system, using the new File History function. I have tried to add the drive to a library (Pictures) but that did not work. Does anyone ...
1
vote
1answer
600 views

Exclude hidden system drives from Windows 8 file history backup?

I'm using Windows 8 file history and noticed that on my laptop, it's copying an extra drive's contents onto the backup share (the $OF drive). My laptop has a 8gb SSD, so I'm assuming it's this data, ...
1
vote
1answer
919 views

How can I include a secondary hard drive in Windows 8 File History?

I've got a Ubuntu Server w/ Samba running on it (which is the backup destination), and a laptop with 2 hard disk drives. (128GB SSD and 1TB HDD). I'm trying to setup File History on the second drive, ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

File History - Unable to scan user libraries for changes and perform backup of modified files for configuration

When trying to run the File History tool in Windows 8 it runs for about 2 seconds then stops. No files are backed up to the selected drive. In the event viewer the only error that appears is: ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Windows File History is unable to analyse user library modifications

I just activated Windows File History, but it won't work. It loads for a surprisingly short time when I tell it to "execute now". When I look in the event journals, I see that for every time I tried, ...
1
vote
0answers
218 views

Can I use Windows 8 File History to restore file from another Windows 8 File History Image?

Let say, if my Windows 8 is down, or my computer hardware is damaged, and I must reinstall Windows 8 or buy a new Windows 8 machine. Can I use the File History Image from old Windows 8, to restore my ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Where does FileHistory save backups when the backup drive isn't present?

Where is this folder? On my backup drive it's just B:\FileHistory but nothing on the local drive.
8
votes
4answers
20k views

How to specify folders to backup in Windows 8?

Windows 8 no longer has a Backup utility. It was replaced with File History. There doesn't appear to be any way in File History to specify locations to backup; i will just assume that it keeps file ...
4
votes
0answers
2k views

Issues with File History, looking for alternative [closed]

I've been using Windows 8's File History feature as a backup tool for a while now, but I'm having some issues with it. I configured it to back up to a NAS drive. In addition to backing up the ...
1
vote
1answer
299 views

How to use File History with Recovery partition?

I formatted the recovery partition right after installing Windows 8. I'm curious as to why File history only allow the use of external HDD. Instead of using the Recovery Partition. I can't find a way ...