Restoring old documents: Use the File history feature to restore files in Windows 8!

To use the file history feature to restore files in Windows 8, see the tutorial below.

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Whatever the operating system is, Backup is a must for any user. Your files may be corrupted due to virus or many other reasons. In that case you have to recover those files from the backup stored in your machine.

From back up to restore files, we have three phases.

1. Setting up the backup device

2. Back up data

3. Restore files & folder

Setting up the backup device:

If you want to use external USB hard disk or thumb/flash drive, you need not to do anything much. Just be sure that the device is connected, and sufficient space is available in the disk. But you can use Network Drives or Home Group Computers to target as back up device.
If you are using Home group or Network drives, create a folder File History before proceeding to next step.

Turn on File History

1. Open Control panel. If you can’t see File History , type on the search box for File History.

search File history

2. Click File History. You can see your external devices you connected for backup. If you use Network drives or home group Computers then click on Add network location . By default File history is turned off. Click Turn On to enable file history. Immediate after file history is turned on, your personal data, i.e. Document, Music, video, Desktop, Configuration will be backed up in to the device.

Turn on file history

Now check your external drive. A new folder named File History is created. Explore this folder to see what data is backed up.

 File history folder on target device

Restore files & folder

If you have lost any file or folder, or it is crashed somehow, now you can restore them whenever you wish.

1. Again open file history. This time click Restore personal files in the left sidebar.

Click Restore files and folder

2. A new window will pop up. In this new window select files or folders (like Desktop, Music etc.) you want to restore and click the restore icon

select target & click icon

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