Windows 8 File History Backup: How-To

Whereas the new backup system for Windows 8 might not be suited for all kinds of users, it certainly helps home users of the general requirement of having to consider 3rd party applications, go through reviews and go through different licensing systems.

Not to mention the fact that Microsoft’s solution is certainly a lot easier to use than all those complex application you might find on the market. Albeit, some of them are built for the home user, it’s a lot easier when it’s already installed and already built for your system.

In terms of creating back-up files, Windows 8 generally recommends the usage of an external location all you have to do is plug in your external drive and click Change drive in order to specify a certain location. From this point on, you will be allowed to set up File History Settings meaning that you create a general backup of all your relevant data.

As a default, Windows 8 does an hourly backup, but you might not want to go as far as filling your hard drive in such a short time period. You can always change how often Windows will backup your important data, and you can also change the size of the offline cache. You can even use the File History Event Logs file if you want to know more about possible issues that might have appeared during the backup process.

Another lovely thing about the backup system is that it immediately starts moving your data to the specified location. Even for older backups, therefore you won’t have to manually move one bit of your own data between different locations.

If you want to restore your data, there’s nothing easier than using the Restore Personal Files setting which will allow you to restore your data to its original location. This is a rather simple process that takes about two or three clicks to happen. As soon as you’re done selecting the files and folders you want restored, all you have to do is click the Restore button and you’re good to go.