I've just tried to enable File History on a Windows 8.1 machine but I get this message:

Error Message


  1. Rebooted
  2. Started the Windows service manually
  3. Set the Windows Service to automatic

None of those helped. Does anyone has a solution (reinstalling Windows would not be a viable option) to sort this or a good alternative? I want to use it to copy my files to my NAS.


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I faced this problem,because the Indexing Service (Windows Search service) was disabled. It solved for me.try to enable this service use the link http://www.groovypost.com/howto/disable-windows-8-search-indexing/

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    Great - couldn't find it anywhere on the InterWebs!
    – Gabriël
    Jan 10, 2015 at 14:09
  • Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
    – Mokubai
    May 27, 2015 at 18:19
  • This happened to me in Windows 10, after an SSD upgrade, and the SSD OS optimization turned off indexing. It would be nice if the error message stated that the indexing service needed to be turned on.
    – Bratch
    Feb 21, 2016 at 0:43
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    Exactly my problem. Thanks for the answer! Mar 1, 2020 at 14:34
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    Thank you so much! I wish the Microsoft forums mentioned this more often. Was exactly the problem I faced Nov 26, 2020 at 19:01

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