File History not Working in Windows 10/11 [Fix]

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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Passionate about all elements related to Windows and combined with his innate curiosity, Ivan has delved deep into understanding this operating system, with a specialization in drivers and... read more
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The File History feature on Windows 10, Windows 8 will back up your operating system files and if you ever have any trouble with your Windows 10, Windows 8 device you can restore the operating system to a previous point in time therefore taking out any system errors you might have gotten along the way. You can select also different versions of the back up system but this depends on you and what version you want to restore.
file history issues for Windows 8
The setup of the Windows 8, Windows 10 file history is a bit different from the previous versions of Windows therefore we will see below how to properly set up the “File history” feature and make it work as it should.

Tutorial for fixing and running the “File history” feature in Windows 10

Seeing that File history will not work when you install Windows 10, Windows 8 because its default setup is set automatically to off state we will show you how to set it up properly by following the steps below.

Note: It is highly recommended to save your backups made for Windows 10, Windows 8 to an external hard drive or a USB stick.

Select where you want the Windows 8, Windows 10 backups to be saved:

  1. Plug in the external hard drive or the USB stick in the device.
  2. Now we will need to open the Control Panel. In order to open the Control Panel we will need to go with our mouse cursor on the right side of the screen and left click on “Settings” icon.
  3. From the “Settings” window left click on “Control Panel”.
  4. Look in the “Control panel” window you just opened for “File History” and left click on it.
  5. Now you will have your “File History” window opened and on the left side in the window you will have to left click on the “Select drive” feature.
  6. After you clicked on “Select drive” you need to select the external hard disk or the USB stick that is plugged into the Windows 8, Windows 10 PC.
  7. Left click on the “OK” button.
  8. If you are prompt again by a message saying “Do you want to use this drive for file history again ?” left click on “Yes”.

Turn the file history feature on:

  1. In the “File History” window you opened above search for a button in the lower right side of the screen that says “Turn on”.
  2. Left click on “Turn on”.

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Now seeing that a lot of users don’t like the fact that file history keeps saving backups , therefore, increasing your occupied space on the HDD we will see how to set up a time date for the backup files and how often to delete the backup copies:

  1. On the left side of the “File history” window left click on the “Advanced Settings” feature.
  2. Next to “Save copies or files” you have a drop-down menu. From there you can choose how often you want to save copies of your files.
  3. Next to “Size of offline cache” feature, you can select the maximum space that file history back up will take when the hard drive you selected for the File history to copy the data is not plugged in.
  4. Next to “keep saved versions” feature you can select how long you want to keep a previous version.
  5. When you are done with the settings you can left click on the “Save changes” button situated in the lower side of that window.
  6. After you finished reboot the Windows 8, Windows 10 PC and you will have the file history activated.

General File History fixes and tips

Now, this isn’t the only problem you can encounter with ‘Files History’ in Windows 10/8.1/8 operating systems. For example, if you upgrade to Windows 8.1, you might not be able to find some sensitive cases (capital letters folders). For this, we recommend you to check our dedicated article about case-sensitive errors in File History.

We have to mention that some rumors have been released and they say that in Windows 10, File History will disappear. You will not be able to backup your data using this feature anymore, and this is sad, but there is always an alternative. We strongly recommend you to take a look at our list of best backup software for Windows users.

There you have it, a proper set up of the file history and you will have your backups for safekeeping on your hard drive. Write us below for any questions on this article and what we can do to help you further.

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