Windows 8 comes with completely new backup application known as File History. This feature backs up files and data in the background automatically and allows users to restore these files and data from an easy time based interface. For creating backups of files, most people like the software, Crash plan as it enables people to back up files to the internet and is more configurable.
This is pretty essential if people want to secure their files and data. But most users like more to utilize built in tools/software for quick backups. In that situation, File History is an excellent alternative.
How to Set Up File History
File History of Windows 8 is pretty easy to install. Head to Windows 8’s control panel > File History. User can only click the button of “Turn On”, if he/she has the external drive plugged in. On the other hand, user may plug in the external drive and Windows 8 asks if the user desire to utilize this drive for backup files.
If the user desires to backup to a NAS network location, then first click the button “Change Drive” in a left sidebar. Select the network location and then return to the main window of the File History and then click to the “Turn on” Button.
Above is the procedure to Set up Windows 8’s File History and then the computer will regularly begin backing up without any action. There is also an option of “Advance Setting”, if user wants to now the backup procedure.
He/she can adjust the time to maintain files or data and time to take a snapshot of the files and data. The user may also reject folders, if desired, from the backup. This is functional if the user has a large folder and do not want to waste space on the backup drive.
How to Restore Your Files
If you by chance delete your files and have to restore them, then you can restore these files in a very easy manner by using the new File History backup of Windows 8. Launch Window Explorer and start the folder in which that file exists.
Then click the button of “Home” and on the right side of the ribbon, click the icon in File History. In the other hand, you may head back to Windows 8’s Control Panel > File History and on the left sidebar, click “Restore Personal Files”.
Afterwards, a new window will appear unexpectedly that seems apprehensively like Time Machine of Apple, but with no any fancy animations. By using the search at top, you can navigate to file that need to restore or search through documents. At the bottom of the Windows, click the previous button to search the older snapshot.
Click on the file, when you get the file that you desire to restore and then at the bottom of the windows, press a big green restore orb. It will restore the file to file’s original place. Windows 8 will ask the user if the user desires to overwrite the file, if he/she is restoring file’s old version that already resides.