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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Windows File History does not backup iCloud drive folder

I am using File History for backing up my documents on a Windows-10 machine. It back ups fine every file except those files/folders located in the iCloud Drive folder under C:\Users\myName\iCloudDrive\...
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Is it possible to recover past metadata history for an MP3 File?

Currently trying to figure out and see if it's possible to pull up all previous metadata information on an MP3 to see where it was like downloaded from & what did the file look like before editing ...
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How exactly does File History work in Windows 10 and later?

I have a spare HDD to dedicated to storing File History versions of my documents, pictures and so on. I've reasonably assumed that whenever I edit a file and save changes to it, then File History will ...
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Should I delete FileHistory folder in D:/ after turning off File History service?

Should I delete folder D:\FileHistory [>7GB] after turning off the File History service? D: only has 1.36GB of free space left, so I don't want to add software or large files to it
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Cannot enable File History service: The parameter is incorrect

I'm trying to enable File History on my desktop computer every time I try to turn it on, I get the following error: Could not enable File History: The parameter is incorrect. For the life of me, I ...
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Why does Windows 10 File History have two config files?

This is pure curiosity on my part. I noticed that File History keeps a Config1.xml and Config2.xml listing the included and excluded folders and other configuration info. (These files are located in %...
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Better backups for Windows (10, 11, etc) [closed]

I have a number of desktops, servers & other systems that I run & maintain - for myself, family & friends/colleagues. I've slowly over the years been inching/trial&erroring towards ...
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Is it possible to browse a Windows 10 File History backup without setting the user account to use that backup?

I have a Windows 10 PC with a single user account on it. This user account already has a File History backup configured and operating. I have another File History backup from a different user account ...
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Can I move .exe files from a file history drive to a new computer?

If I backup my folders for Steam and GOG using the Windows 10 file history tool, would I be able to move those files to a new computer and run the .exe files?
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How to remove many folders from File History quickly? [duplicate]

Under Backup Options there are dozens of folders, all subfolders of my main user folder. I just want to backup the entire user folder and remove the listings for all the subfolders, but it takes ~2 ...
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Exclude specific folder in automated File History setup

I'm trying to enable the File History functionality in my organization. I used an application written by Ben N and his script. However, I would like to add exclusions for specific folders to it. Is ...
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How can I clear the "backup these folders" list in File History?

I want to use File History. When I start the program and look at the backup options there is the section "backup these folders". This list contains maybe 30 folder names on my PC. I don't ...
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Windows 10 file history backup fails at starting with error 80070005 - why?

Since February 2021 the Windows file history backup hasn't been backing up anymore. Trying to restart it manually (using the corresponding control panel) would lead to the error "Failed to ...
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Could not clean up File History data - Element not found

I have a File History backup and when I try to clean older copies, it spits out that error. Any idea how to solve it? I tried with cmd too. Also verified File history is running in Services.msc. sfc /...
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Unable to transfer File History data from older laptop to newer laptop

I got a new laptop, and I'm trying to transfer some data from my older laptop. I've been using File History to store backups on an external hard drive. My new laptop has an 1TB SSD, and I've been ...
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Is it possible to fully recover a Windows 10 system from a file history backup of the entire C: drive?

I recently did a System Restore, backing up the entire C: partition prior to via File History to load my files from afterwards. In File History, I selected C: as an included folder to backup and now ...
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Local system account doesn't have read access to file

I'm using File history, which is running as a Local system account. It can't read some of my files, but it should because Local system accounts have higher privileges than admin I believe? When I ...
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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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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, overflowing by backup device, and want to exclude all of %UserProfile%\Documents, except for: %...
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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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