I have been using Windows 10's File History to backup my files to a NAS I have at my house. Yesterday I formatted and reinstalled Windows to get a fresh start on the machine. I was hoping to just be able to go in, reconnect the File History directory and restore my files but that was not the case.

I reconnected the location where the backup was but it was not recognized (usually there is a checkbox that asks if you'd like to use an existing File History directory).

Is there a way I can reuse the existing directory on my NAS for my File History after reinstall?


After your reinstall,

Control Panel -> System and Security -> File History -> Select Drive

Then select the drive or add the network location. From there, you should click the checkbox "I want to use a previous backup on this File History drive". Then in the box under "Select an existing backup:" you should see your previous backup. Select it and click Ok.

That should do the trick.

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