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I looked at my file history settings today and it showed that it was disabled for some weird reason (I remember setting it up earlier).

When setting it up again, I was only able to select a drive. Previously I know I have been able to select a folder to use as the file history store (I have the folder to prove it), but I couldn't find this feature anywhere in windows 10 (both in the new and in the legacy config windows).

Is the option to store the file history in a specific folder still available or was it removed? And if it is still possible, can someone provide the steps to enable this again?

  • "Is the option to store the file history in a specific folder still available or was it removed?" - Are you asking if File History is still a feature? It is indeed still a feature. If it was disabled then, a user action, disabled it. – Ramhound Mar 29 '18 at 16:42
  • @Ramhound no I am asking whether or not they removed the possibility to put the file history store in a sub folder in stead of in the root folder of a drive – coolcat007 Apr 8 '18 at 0:53
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I see two possibilities :

Assign the folder a drive letter

Use the Windows Subst Command, available since Windows NT in the early 1990’s, and still present in Windows 10.

Usage is, in a Command Prompt (cmd) :

Subst [Drive:] [Pathtofolder]

To remove the mapping, enter the drive letter and add the /D argument:

SUBST X: /D

Forcing Subst to Run on Startup

If you want to run the command automatically every boot :

  1. Open Regedit and navigate to the following
    For all users:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    

For only the currently logged on user :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  1. Right click on Run > New > String Value and give it some name such as Map X

  2. Double-click on it and enter as value :

    Subst [Drive:] [Pathtofolder]
    
  3. Close Regedit and reboot or re-logon

For more info see the article Map a Folder to a Drive Letter for Quick and Easy Access for sharing the folders, and use the syntax of \\my-computer-name\share-name.

Make the folder a network share

The Select Drive option lets you also specify network shares.

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See the article Map Network Drive in Windows 10.

  • Thanks, these will at least make it possible to do what I wanted. The question though was more focused on that it was possible before and whether or not they removed the feature in windows itself. It is weird that one time I have a file history store in a folder, but now only am able to select a drive. I still upvoted the question, but I want to get to the bottom of the issue before marking anything.as answer. – coolcat007 Apr 8 '18 at 0:50
  • Some changes done by Microsoft are just for simplifying buggy code, and losing options is the result. The community then needs to find workarounds or create third-party utilities to remake what was deleted. – harrymc Apr 8 '18 at 6:20

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