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.

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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 ...
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Previous versions in windows 8.1

I do backup on my laptop to the company network using wbadmin @wbadmin start backup -backupTarget:G: -allcritical -quiet (I run it manually from a desktop shortcut when I am in the office. ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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Windows 8.1's File History keeps excluding my libraries

This is a frustrating problem but Windows 8.1's File History keeps adding my libraries to the "Exclude" list even when I repeatedly remove them from that list and save changes. FYI, the Windows 8.1 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.)
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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: ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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File History isn't doing it for me. What are the alternatives? [closed]

I want to configure automatic onsite backup for my files, but File History feature isn't doing it for me. What are my options? I already have a license for SyncBack, but it isn't as user-friendly as ...
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Why doesn't Windows 8 allow setting up File History if Windows 7 File Recovery is configured

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 ...
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Can Windows 8 File History be configured to warn you when a filename is too long?

According to this question, Windows 8 File History silently fails when a filename is too long. How can I be certain that all of my files have been backed up successfully? Is there any way to be warned ...
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Unable to backup files with long names in Windows 8 using 'File History'

While trying to save copies of files for backup, I tried using 'File History' in 'Control Panel>>Security'. I noticed that some of the files did not backup and are missing. On looking into it, it ...
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Can I use Windows 8's File History to back up to two drives?

Something isn't backed up until it exists in three places. I back up my laptop to two separate USB drives at work and at home (using the free Crash Plan client). Can File History do this? I can't ...
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How to show progress of “File History” in Windows8?

By using the 'File History' of Windows8 I can backup my stuff (or rather, my 'libraries'). I enable the feature and then ... the magic happens in the background. How can I see the progress? How many ...