Oct 082012

Backing up files is made easier with Windows 8’s brand-new feature File History, which automatically backs up files in the background and lets you restore them from a simple, time-based interface.

Few users know that both Windows Vista and Windows 7 has a very useful “Previous versions” feature, which can be used to automatically backup files or folders on a scheduled interval and it is also possible to restore the backed up files to an earlier version using Windows built in backup wizard. These earlier versions, often known as “Shadow copies”, were especially useful in restoring deleted files, files that have been modified recently or have been moved to a different location.

Features about Windows 8’s File History

Similar to Apple’s Time Machine, File History allows users to schedule regular backups to any hard drive directory on their computer. However, it doesn’t back up your whole system. Instead, it only backs up the files in your Libraries—essentially, your personal documents, files, and media. You can add any folders you want to a library, of course, but it won’t back up your entire computer the way Windows 7 File Recovery does. Also, instead of running large backups every week or month, it takes a snapshot of your files every hour, so you can restore your files in a much more careful way.

How to Set Up File History

It is very easy to set up Windows 8’s File History. You should go to Control Panel > File History. If you have an external drive plugged in, just click “Turn On”. Alternatively, you can plug in an external drive and Windows will ask you if you want to use it for backup. If you want to back up to a network location, such as a NAS, click “Change Drive” in the left sidebar first. Pick your network location, then return to the main window of File History and click “Turn On”.

You can also decide for it how often to backs up: click “Advanced Settings” in the left sidebar. You can change how long it takes a snapshot of your files and how long it keeps files.

However you may have no access to these backups if you lost Windows password, as a result it becomes equally important for you to keep your Windows 8 login password safe. In the event that you lost Windows 8 password, you‘d better have a Windows password recovery tool get your password back.

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