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 of my files are "now" backed up?


Right now there is neither a visual tool to get the progress NOR something that could be hacked together via the FileHistory API (and I tried it):

  • IFhConfigMgr::QueryProtectionStatus - ProtectedUntilTime refers to the last successfull run date

  • the other calls are good to configure the service or retrieve configuration (exclude-lists, backup-destinations, schedule, etc etc).


  • In any event, it's not really something you should even have to think about. – Louis Waweru Nov 2 '12 at 9:54
  • as said before: every process which takes a certain amount of time reports the progress in one way or another. you can signal dd to give you some numbers, the old backup displayed the progress (x of y files), all other backup programs i know do this, the copy-dialog shows the progress etc etc etc. it's a way to help the enduser to check if it is okay to remove the nas or the external disk until i have to stop it and get to the bus / train / plane. it is irrelevant if i usually have to think about this, sometimes i WANT to think about it. don't rationalize a strange decision of microsoft. – akira Nov 2 '12 at 9:58
  • isn't it always okay? – Louis Waweru Nov 2 '12 at 10:13
  • @Louis: i do not understand your question. – akira Nov 2 '12 at 11:47
  • By that, I meant I don't see a situation where disconnecting the machine while FH is backing up would be a problem. So, it's always okay to use your PC as if you had no idea FH even existed. Maybe I should say that my understanding is that it's intended use is to be mostly connected to your backup location, and not like a once a month type of deal. – Louis Waweru Nov 5 '12 at 17:52

You can't see the progress, because Microsoft didn't design the progress bar for it. May be because it has a schedule backup time so that's why it run in background without interrupt the users activity.

But if you want to check how many files have been backed up just open the File History and click on the Restore personal files and you have the history of your backup files. For more about File History check out my this answer about File History.

Also you can view the event log for the File history under Advanced settings

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  • Check out the update in answer. – avirk Oct 31 '12 at 6:11
  • yes, i 've seen that already. – akira Oct 31 '12 at 10:59

All files in any folder in Libraries are backed up. If you need to add anything, just go Library > Properties > Add.

To see the progress, just click History in the File Explorer:

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Which brings up a browser showing the files, where you can page through different versions.

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More information at http://www.howtogeek.com/108900/how-to-use-the-file-history-feature-in-windows-8-to-restore-files/

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    this does not show my the overall progress. progress as in '10%' or '95%' or '100%'. not the 'well, take a look into the retrieval ui and guess if your file is there already'. – akira Oct 30 '12 at 13:14
  • it shows the time of the latest version, any changes after that has not yet been backed up, and to find out if a file is there, you can just browse there in the retrieval UI – ronalchn Oct 30 '12 at 13:16
  • and now i am supposed to know the timestamp of each of my files? knowing the start of the time gives me no progress. it just gives me "nah, i did something then" or a "nah, i am doing something right now". i want to see how much the system did, which file is currently backed up etc. – akira Oct 30 '12 at 13:18
  • Check the time of the latest version, then check the last modified time of any file of importance. If it was last modified after the latest version was made, it has not yet been backed up. Otherwise it has been backed up. That should be easy. – ronalchn Oct 30 '12 at 13:19
  • not the point of the question. i want to see "progress". over all files. – akira Oct 30 '12 at 13:20

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