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How to activate Windows 10 File History to get automatic backups

How to activate Windows 10 File History to get automatic backups

How to activate Windows 10 File History to get automatic backups

You may not know it, but Windows 10 File History is the successor to previous versions’ backups.

It already sounds typical, but it is true; Backup is one of the most important tools in our digital life, but at the same time it is the one we use the least.

When was the last time you backed up your data? Probably a long time ago. There are many reasons why we don’t want to do one, like we think we don’t need it, or it’s too hard to do.

Well, if you use Windows 10 you already have two less excuses to make a backup, because its new method is automatic and simple; the catch is that it’s not called a backup.

Backup receives improvements in Windows 10

Windows 7 already offered a powerful security copy tool; But it was only used to make copies of all system files, or to create recovery discs. That is something that will only be useful for professional users, for most it is too much; the figures confirm this, since according to Microsoft only 5% of users used this functionality.

So Windows 8 introduced a new way to make backups; a method that now has been improved and polished in Windows 10. This is how Windows 10 File History was born.

This functionality allows us back up what really matters to us, our files; In this way, we don’t need a huge amount of free space, nor do we need to make a copy of the entire system just because we’ve modified a file.

Instead, Windows 10 File History keeps a copy of the files we have chosen with each passing hour; in this way, we can go back to a previous version of a specific file. Imagine that you have modified a text document, and the next day you realize that it was wrong; you don’t have to do all the work again, this functionality will return the file as it was.

How to activate Windows 10 File History

To use Windows 10 File History we can use any drive; but the ideal is to use an external device, such as a USB memory, an external hard drive or a microSD card.


To activate it we have to open the Start menu, click on Configuration and Update and Security.


Let’s go to the Backup section; click on Add a unit.


We select the unit in which we are going to make the copies.


You will see that the option to Back up my files has been activated; now it’s time to configure the functionality. To do this, click on More options.


The options are pretty clear, and the first thing we see is the size of the backup; here we can force to make a backup instead of waiting at the scheduled time.

Below we can configure how often we want the backup to be made; Depending on the space we have available, we may want to change that the copies are not saved forever.


Just below we can see and add folders to copy, or exclude those we do not want.


If we want to change the unit to make the backups, first we will have to click on Stop using the unit.


Also, if we want to disable backups, we just have to go back to the backup section.


Finally, if you don’t like this system for backing up, you’ll be happy to know that you can continue to use the backup feature of Windows 7.