Questions tagged [file-history]

A file backup solution introduced with Windows 8, intended to supersede Windows Backup and Restore. File History monitors files in key folders like Documents and Pictures for changes and regularly backs them up to an external storage device or network share.

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How to get Windows file history to backup files owned by administrator

I have software that creates files, the owner of these files is administrator. I'm setting up file history to back up this folder. I worked around it by changing the folder& subfolders ownership ...
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Cannot enter Windows File History anymore

Recently, possibly due to some Windows 10 Update, I cannot access File History; but I can still open File History and access Backup Options within Settings, using it to force a backup of files ...
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Is there a way for Windows 10 file history to mirror contents of source folder?

I'm trying to set up a backup for a folder (C:/test/images). I'm looking to use Windows' own file history feature to do this. This folder contains sensitive data that needs to be deleted if it's not ...
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In Windows 10, does File History apply folder exclusions on the next backup?

I have File History set to back up a bunch of folders. Now, let's say within one of those folders, there's one I don't want to back up, because it's around 300GB and I add stuff to it regularly. So I ...
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Raspberry Pi running Samba as a network drive keeps disconnecting, causing my backup not to run. Is there a way I can force it to reconnect?

I have a Raspberry Pi running Samba as a network drive. In Windows I have this drive connected as a network drive and file history is configured to backup to it daily. However, most times I turn on my ...
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See progress of Windows' File History

I've turned Windows 10's File History on, and now it's backing up my files. Is there a way to see the current progress of the backup? Which files are being backed up, etc... ? This can be interesting ...
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Does VMware Workstation Update Timestamps on Unchanged VMDK Files?

I'm looking into solutions for backing up virtual machines and I was wondering if anyone can confirm how VMware Workstation handles timestamps on vmdk files. If I'm using a vmdk drive split into ...
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Does file history allow reconnecting to an old backup and just continue on from there later on like Time Machine?

I just reinstalled Windows 10 and I wanted to reconnect to my old file history backup on the network share (I don't plan to restore immediately, but I would like it to start backing up and sort of ...
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Excel on Windows 10: Recovering old file version accidentally overwritten and saved over?

I was working on a file (Excel, from MS Office Professional Plus 2016) stored on the local drive of my laptop, in which I entered marks of my students for papers. Later, I reopened the same file ...
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Can I back up just one specific folder using File History on Windows 10?

I am interested in backing up just one specific folder using File History, let's call it "C:\Users\User\Documents\Work". This seems impossible: Using the "modern" control panel, I can't add this ...
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Windows 10 File History is silently refusing to back up some of my files

I happened to check on my backups and I noticed that certain files are missing, even though I have them included in the backup. Good thing I checked! So how do I get them included in the backup? It's ...
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How is automatic cleanup of File History triggered in Windows 8.1 and 10?

I've set up File History in Windows 8.1 to delete backups older than one month, but that automatic cleanup is not working: The backup target contained files many months older. Cleaning up manually ...
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Use FileHistory to Backup OneDrive

Windows 10 FileHistory does not backup OneDrive "special" folders (.e.g Documents, Pictures) and their contents. Is there an alternative way to provide near continuous backup for OneDrive folders ...
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Why can I use file history for all my drives but C:\

It amazed me that I couldn't find this question in google at all. I noticed Windows 10 doesn't use previous versions for C:\ by default and I didn't understood why. I went to see how to enable it ...
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How does Windows 10 File History determine file-changes?

Does Windows 10 File History use hashes of the content of files to determine changes or just the modification date of the file or log all modifications somewhere or something else? edit: And will ...
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FileHistory no usable drives found

I am trying to use the FileHistory feature of Windows 10 to automatically backup documents to another partition. As admin I was able to do this without problems. However, when logged in as a regular ...
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Windows File History Include/Exclude Order of Precedence?

I am attempting to configure Win 10 Pro File History without continually backing up stuff I don't want and thus overflowing by backup device. Specifically, I want to exclude all of \users\me\documents ...
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Windows File History / Backup - exclude folder by name

In Windows 10 "File History" / Backup (whatever it's called now), is there a way to exclude folders by name? For example, I'd like to exclude all folders named 'bin' from being backed up. Essentially, ...
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Is it possible to backup empty folders with Windows 10 File History?

Does anyone know whether it is possible to backup empty folders with Windows 10 File History? It seems not to do so by default and I have not been able to find any sort of switch for it in the File ...
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File History on Windows 10 doesn't see my files, can't backup files

I'm trying to backup a Steam game's save files using File History on a fresh Windows 10. I'm using an external HDD to back it up. Windows is recognizing the drive, saying the backup feature is active, ...
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How do I prevent Windows 10's File History Service from gobbling up all my networking bandwidth?

I set up file history service to sync certain files to my local NAS which works great. The two are connected using a suboptimal "DLAN"/Powerline connection which reaches about 90 Megabits per second. ...
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My More Recent Files On File History Are Gone

My computer crashed and I had to eventually reinstall Windows 10 in order to get it working again. I wasn't too worried since I used File History to backup my files. Unfortunately it seems that only ...
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Select folder to store the file history in

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. ...
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How can I back up EFS encrypted files with Windows FileHistory?

I want to back up EFS encrypted files in my Windows %USERPROFILE% to an external NTFS formatted USB drive using Windows FileHistory. I have the following problems: After clicking "Select Drive" in "...
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Restore From File History after Windows 10 Format/Reinstall

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 ...
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Windows 10 File History - how to check backup drive integrity?

Regarding Windows 10 File History backups on external drives. Is there any way to check the integrity of the backup after it has been taken? By integrity I mean I won't find I can't restore the ...
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File History is set up but it doesn't backup (folder is empty)

I have already set up multiple time File History without problem but this time everything seems fine but when the "backup" is done, FileHistory\xx\xx\Data\C\Users\xx is empty. In Event Viewer, under ...
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How can I call the Advanced settings page of the File History settings in Windows 10 Control Panel?

I would like to open the advanced settings directly by putting a command to Windows + R. So far I have only found out I can call the File History settings via shell:::{F6B6E965-E9B2-444B-9286-...
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how to delete history on excel 2007 that shows on windows taskbar

I want to disable showing history of ms excel which is shown in taskbar by clicking right-button of mouse.
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Windows 10 Workstation backup

My need can be descibed as backing up selected forders by type, and the type of backup I am looking for is like File-History or Time-Machine. Basically, as a developer, I only want to backup the code ...
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How to remove things from File History?

Background I have the following configuration: File History backing up to drive D: Library X composed of one folder C:\X and one folder D:\X My D: drive is growing full and I want to remove backups ...
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How to Fix File History On Windows 10

A recent crash on my Windows 10 computer made me have to restore the system with a System Image. The System Image was made in December 2016. It worked just fine but the problem is that when I went ...
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Win10: what is the folder “\Data\$OF” in FileHistory?

I have turn on file history and in the folder user/computer/data there are two folders. One is C and the other one is $OF. The folder C simply reflects the structure of the folders I choose the add ...
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Win10: How to reset file history (while keeping configuration)

I would like to remove all the File History version saved (even the last one) and start it over. I have tried doing it by turning File history off and clicking on "Stop using this drive" (in Settings ...
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Windows File History to FTP

I'm trying to make Windows 10 File History tool use my FTP server for backup and especially versioning. I've ran into problems. No matter what I do, the File History tool doesn't see, allow or ...
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Is there a way to do “File History” but for Linux? [closed]

I have my Windows side to run File History every 5 minutes so all my files are always backed up on my network when I am connected but now that I am switching over to Linux, is there something that ...
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Restore from a windows 10 File History backup to a new computer?

Updated 27.03.17 This question is very similar to How do you restore from a File History backup to a new computer? but up to now I didn't succeed with the prescriptions given there because there are ...
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File History - How long will a file remain in backup after it is deleted from computer?

When using File History on Windows 10, and you delete a file from your computer, how long will it remain in the backup folder?
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File History - can it be used on a non-removable, non-OS partition?

I'm thinking it would be nice to partition my C drive (SSD) and use the new drive letter for File History. Is this possible? Or will windows not allow using the new partition for File History ...
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Can I safely delete individual files from the Windows File History?

I'm using the build in File History feature from Windows 10 to backup my libraries and user folder on a network drive. The feature works nicely, but lacks quite some usability when it comes to ...
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Windows 10 File History crashing when trying to restore my files

My old hard drive crashed so I had to replace it with a new one. I performed a fresh install of Windows 10 in it. I have a file history backup on my external hard drive, so I connected it and set up ...
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Windows 10: File History -vs- OS X: Time Machine

I've noticed that with Time Machine, it keeps an organized set of files and doesn't take up a whole lot of space. You can also recover an entire system without it being a system image that's not ...
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Windows File History automatically changes some filenames to uppercase

Windows File History seems to change the case of some file names while saving. It seems to happen only for filenames with common words, like Plugin.php, Random.php, Functions.php, ... This all ...
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How does File History work in Windows 10?

A Windows 10 machine has File History backup turned on. It was taking almost 400GB of space so I changed it to delete saved points older than 3 months. What exactly is included in File History? For ...
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How to setup a notification for all error events of Backup and FileHistory-Core in Windows 10?

I had (in the past) multiple issues with the old Windows 7 Image Backup & Restore (0x8078015B, 0x8078014B, 0x80070015, etc.) and the Windows 10 Filehistory (Event 201 szett-bug, Event 204 full ...
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Windows 10 File History - does it automatically include subfolders?

If I select C:\Users\Foo in the "Back up these folders" section of "Backup Options", will all the files within subfolders of 'C:\Users\Foo` be backed up? Or do we have to select every single folder ...
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Can I launch a File History backup from a script?

I use Windows 10's File History for my backups on a drive that isn't always plugged in, so I have to launch the backup manually. Is there a way to directly launch a File History backup from a script, ...
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How to back up multiple users using system/admin account on Windows 10? (Cryptolocker defense)

I have three ordinary user accounts on Windows 10, and one admin account. I want to back up the three ordinary users' files to an external drive -- but I want the backup to run as the admin. (That way,...
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In Windows 10, is there a way to display the time remaining when backing up files?

Question: When using File History to back up my files in Windows 10 (or 8/8.1) is there a way to display how much time is remaining until the backup completes? Or any display of progress what so ever? ...
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How to monitor File History on Windows 8.1 / 10 remotely?

We are using File History feature in Windows 8.1 and 10 on the machines. It's been working well. Is there anyway from the administrator point of view (remotely) that can monitor this activity ...