You can no longer backup folders using FIle History on Windows 11

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  • Microsoft is removing an important feature from the File History tool.
  • The Add Folder option is now gone, which is disconcerting news.
  • Now, you can only back up documents, photos, and pre-made folders.
  • Many now feel that Redmond is trying to promote OneDeive backup.
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The Redmond tech giant removed the Add a Folder option from Windows 11’s File History tool, which means that you can only back up documents, photos, and other pre-made folders.

The alternative you have would be to pay for some OneDrive storage.

Microsoft taking away backup features to promote OneDrive?

File History is the main backup tool in Microsoft’s OS, and it was first introduced in Windows 8, allowing users to automatically back up select folders to an external drive.

To be more exact, the feature is like an automatic cloud storage solution that sits at your desk and doesn’t cost $15 a month.

Windows 11 users are not at all happy with this situation, as it seems that Microsoft is taking features away from the operating system just to make a OneDrive subscription more appealing.

If we remember correctly, in previous Windows releases, users could choose which folders to automatically back up with File History.

These folders could exist anywhere on your file system, however, in Windows 11, users can only back up documents, photos, videos, downloads, contacts, and other pre-made folders chosen by Microsoft.

So if you constantly use File History and have grown accustomed to it, you can stick with Windows 10 for a while.

Even though Windows 11 was released as a complete product, it’s still a bit buggy and some of its best features are still missing.

But if you’ve already upgraded to the new operating system, make sure that File History is backing up your important data or use a 3rd party cloud storage service to keep safe your important files.

Consider that you may need to move folders into Documents and other Microsoft-approved spaces to make sure that they’re automatically backed up.

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