Set up Windows 8 file history

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Windows 8 includes an excellent File History feature, which can regularly and automatically back up your libraries, desktop, contacts and favourites to a second drive (even a USB flash drive - just connect it, and choose Configure this drive for backup using File History from the menu).

Here is how to set up Windows 8 file history:

  • Go to Control Panel.
  • Choose System and Security.
  • Choose File History.
  • Click Exclude Folders to help define what you're saving.
  • Click Advanced Settings to choose the backup frequency.
  • Click Change Drive to choose the backup destination
  • Click Turn On to enable the feature with your settings.

And once it's been running for a while, you can check on the history for any file in Explorer:

  • Select the file.
  • Choose the Home tab.
  • Click History.

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