Backing up your precious data is considered very vital in order to preserve it. You can follow a great number of different methods in order to back up your important data but in this article, we will explain to you the methods through which you can back up files with File History in Windows 10.

Backing up Files with File History in Windows 10

In order to back up files with File History in Windows 10, you can make use of any of the two methods listed below.

Method # 1: Using Settings application

In this method, we will tell you how you can back up files with File History using the Settings application in Windows 10. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

Type settings in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search results to launch the settings window. The newly opened Settings window is shown in the following image:

Open Windows Settings

Click on the Update and Security tab as highlighted in the image shown above.

In the Update and Security Settings window, click on the Backup tab as highlighted in the image shown below:

Backup tab

Now you need to attach an external drive with your computer system so that you can back up your files on it. For selecting your newly attached external drive as a backup target, just click on Add a Drive button in order to select any drive from the given list for backing up your files as highlighted in the following image:

Add a backup drive

As soon as you will click on it, Windows 10 will start searching for all the drives where you can back up your files as shown in the image below:

Searching for drives

Once the usable drives list appears on your screen, just click on any one of them to select it as a backup target. Now, Windows 10 will always use this drive to back up your files with File History unless you change it otherwise.

Now in order to enable the File History feature in Windows 10, you will need to click on the link saying, “More Options” as highlighted in the following image:

More Options

In the Backup Options window, click on the link saying, “See Advanced Settings” as highlighted in the image shown below:

See Advanced Settings

As soon as you will click on it, you will be able to see the window shown in the following image:

Windows File History

Click on the Advanced Settings tab from this menu as highlighted in the image shown above.

Although, the File History feature automatically backs up your data after every one hour and keeps the backed up data saved forever by default. However, you can change the backup time interval and the duration for which the backups are kept from the Advanced Settings window by choosing a different option from the dropdown lists corresponding to the fields of “Save copies of files” and “Keep saved versions” as highlighted in the image shown below:

Keep saved versions of files

Once you manage to configure these settings, you are all set to use the File History feature in Windows 10.

Method # 2: Use Windows Control Panel

In this method, we will tell you how you can back up files with File History using the Control Panel in Windows 10. For doing this, you will need to perform the following steps:

Type control panel in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch the control panel window. The newly opened Control Panel window is shown in the following image:

Windows Control Panel

Click on the System and Security tab as highlighted in the image shown above.

Now select the File History tab from the System and Security window as highlighted in the image shown below:

File History

File History will search for a drive to be used as the target drive for backup as shown in the following image:

Keep history of files

Once you select the drive for backup, just click on the "Turn on" button in order to enable the File History feature as highlighted in the image shown below:

Turn on file hitsory

In order to change the backup frequency and the duration for which the backup is kept, just click on the Advanced Settings tab as highlighted in the following image:

Change Backup frequency

Now you can select any backup frequency and durations by making use of the dropdown lists highlighted in the image shown below:

Configure backup frquency

Conclusion

In this way, you can easily back up your files using the File History feature in Windows 10 by following any of the two methods discussed in this article. Both of these methods are equally effective and they work perfectly well in every situation.

How to Back Up Files with File History in Windows 10
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