In this movie, I'll talk about File History, which is a great feature in Windows 10 that allows you to recover files, as well as previous versions of documents.
- [Voiceover] Have you ever needed to use a time machine to rewind your documents to a time before they were altered or damaged? Well, Windows file history is like a time machine. It takes snapshots of versions of your files and then stores them on an external drive. Over time, you build up a library of past versions that you can recover if you ever need them. For example, let's say that you really liked a sentence from the first version of a document, but you deleted it a long time ago and are now battling with regret and want it back.
Well, you can go into file history, retrieve the right version of your document, copy the sentence, and then paste it into your current document. Despite its name, file history isn't just a way to restore previous versions of files, it's actually a full featured backup tool. Originally introduced in Windows 8, file history is Windows 10 main backup tool. Safeguarding private or particular files saved in vital places of your computer. That's why file history is now integrated into both the new settings app and the old control panel.
After you set up file history, just connect an external drive to your computer, and Windows will automatically create backup copies of your files. Use this backup drive to restore all your files, and if you ever lose them, you can restore a single file or roll back a file to an older version. In Windows 10, file history is really designed to be quick and easy and unlike other complex backup tools, you can still get at file history from the control panel, and also from the settings app.
To use file history, go to the settings app. From the Windows icon. Click on settings, and then choose the familiar update and security icon. And notice there's a setting here called backup. You'll wanna attach an external drive to your computer, and once you do, here in the backup using file history section, you'll see this add a drive. Click on the plus button. These are the current drives I have attached to my system. I'm gonna choose removal disc E.
And then notice that Windows now automatically will start backing up your files. Now, all you have to do is make sure that you insert this drive into your machine, and Windows will automatically back up these files as it says here. If you click on the more options button, this link lets you configure on how and when your backups will be completed. There are also more backup configurations available via the control panel. I'll cover these configuration settings in the next video.
The one thing I wanted to point out, in addition to allowing you to back up now, set when you're gonna back up, where you're gonna back up, how long you'll back up, choose which folders to back up. By the way, I'll cover all these in a later tutorial. You could also stop using the drive. Now, you'll need to do this if you wanna use a different drive to back up your system. Let's say that your original drive got full. You wanna attach another drive. First you'll need to stop the drive. And then notice if you go back to the first dialogue, you'll see this add a drive again.
And now you have more options. Without first stopping the drive, you won't have the option of choosing these other drives here. And one last thing I wanted to point out, is notice that if you created a backup using the Windows 7 backup and restore tool, it still works here in Windows 10. You'll start by choosing this option. Go back and restore Windows 7. And notice that here, in the control panel, you have all these options, including backing up now, managing the space that you configured earlier.
Notice you have space, use of summaries, refreshing, you can view your backups. And lastly, you can go ahead and restore files from that older backup.
Note: The course maps to the Manage Updates and Recovery domain from the Configuring Windows Devices exam (70-697).
- Configuring system restore points
- Completing a system restore
- Performing a Windows refresh or reset
- Creating a system image
- Working with Windows Recovery Environment
- Configuring File History
- Recording files
- Configuring and managing updates