How to use windows 8 file history please help!

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Though off lately I got windows 8 but I want to use its file history feature and I don’t know does it save all the files in the system or just the user files actually I thought to try it before installing antivirus updates but afraid if it won’t save user files too my data would be lost.Please tell me the answer it will be great help for me.

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How to use windows 8 file history please help!


The main function of File History is to regularly backup your files in the Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, and Desktop directories as well as the OneDrive files. As your computer does this, you will have an absolute history of your files. In case one of your original files got lost, deleted, or maybe corrupted, it can be restored.

Aside from recovering deleted or damaged files, you can also restore different versions of your files. Like for example, if you want to restore or replace an existing file though it is not deleted or damaged, you can look through a timeline and select the version you want to restore. If you haven’t turned on and setup a File History drive, here’s how to do it.

If you want to use a separate drive or an external drive for your File History, connect the drive to your computer. When a notification prompts you if you want to configure the drive for File History, click it, and then turn on File History on the next screen. To choose a network drive or an external drive that’s already connected, swipe in on the right edge of the screen then tap Search.

Type without quotes “File History settings” and then click “File History settings” in the result. Click “Select a drive” and select the external drive or network drive to use. After that, turn on File History. Your File History drive is now setup. To restore files or folders, swipe on the right edge of your screen then click Search.

Enter without quotes “restore your files” then click “Restore your files with File History” in the result. Type the name of the file you want to restore. Select the version you want to restore to its original location then click Restore. In case you want to restore the file or folder to a different location, right-click on the Restore button then select Restore To. Select a new location where you want the file to be saved.

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