In another mammoth post on the Building Windows 8 Blog Microsoft talk about the File History feature in Windows 8. In Windows 7 there was Previous Versions but in Windows 8 there is the new much improved system called File History. File History keeps a copy of changes to a file and will copy it to a location of your choice and then with File History you can easily browse and restore files from the backup.

With Windows Home Server being axed I have been looking at alternative solutions for backing up files and this looks like it could be one potential solutions. The blog posts explains how the feature works and how to enable, backup and restore files.

Checkout the post and let us know how you get on with the feature.


What is File History?

File History is a backup application that continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders. It periodically (by default every hour) scans the file system for changes and copies changed files to another location. Every time any of your personal files has changed, its copy will be stored on a dedicated, external storage device selected by you. Over time, File History builds a complete history of changes made to any personal file.

File History silently protects all of your important files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites and Contacts. Once turned on, it requires no effort at all to protect your data. When you lose a file or just need to find an original version of a picture or a specific version of a resume, all versions of your files are available. With the File History restore application you can find it quickly and effortlessly.


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