How to make secure backups using Windows 10 File History feature?

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Here how you can use the Windows 10 file history feature to make secure backups

There are multiple features that Microsoft has implemented on its popular Windows 10 platform. One of these features is the File History feature, with this Windows 10 feature, you can back up copies of files and folders to secure locations in the case they are accidentally deleted.

Users make a note that the File History feature only backs up copies of files that are available in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want to be backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.

Before you start using File History to back up your files, you need to first select where your backups are saved. You can select an externally connected drive, such as a USB drive, or you can save to a drive on a network. There are other choices, but these two provide the best options to help protect your files against a crash or other PC problems.

How to set up the File History feature on Windows 10?

Follow the below steps to set up the File History feature:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security > Backup.
  2. Click on the “+” next to Add a drive.
  3. Choose your primary or external drive.
  4. Once selected, File History will begin archiving your data.
  5. If you want to turn it off, use the on/off toggle which should appear under “Automatically back up my files” on the same page.
  6. Below “Automatically back up my files”, click on “More options” and you can now configure the Backup options.
  7. You can use the drop-down menus to change the frequency of the backups.

How to restore files or folders using File History feature on Windows 10?

To restore a file with File History, you should follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder whose files you want to restore.
  2. At the top of the File Explorer screen, under the Home tab, is a button named ‘History’ as shown below.
  3. Click on the History button
  4. To view the contents of a file before you restore it, you can right-click the file and select ‘Preview’.
  5. When you have found the file you want to restore, select it by left-clicking on it once and then click on the green restore button, shown below.
  6. Done!!!

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