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Windows File History

How to setup, reset settings, and restore from Microsoft Windows File History

What is Microsoft Windows File History?

File History is a feature included in Windows 10 & Windows 11 for backing up and restoring personal files. It has a snapshot mechanism for files and you can select specific folders to include or exclude from the snapshot. These snapshots can be stored on an external drive such as an SSD (Solid State Drive), HDD (Hard Disk Drive), USB Drive or even a network location.

File History allows you to get your files back if the original files are lost or damaged, or if you would like to restore a different version of a file.

How to setup File History

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How to restore from File History

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How to reset File History

Some problems with File History may require you to reset it. Resetting the File History settings won’t remove the File History folder stored in the backup location.

Option 1: Manually perform actions

Step 1: Open File Explorer

Step 2: Navigate to %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory

This can be done by navigating to the location manually or, copying and pasting this location in the navigation bar.

**Note: The AppData folder is hidden by default. If you choose to manually navigate to the FileHistory folder, you may need to show hidden items first by clicking View > Show > Hidden items

Step 3: Remove all folders/files located in this folder.

Step 4: Don’t forget to setup your file backup again.

Option 2: Utilize a script to perform actions

IMPORTANT: When utilizing any script found online, from any source, including us, we recommend that you review the script thoroughly to ensure that there are no issues (errors, syntax issues, or potential malware injection) with the script. While not everyone is attempting to harm your devices, it is best practice to check every script before executing it. If you do not know what the scripting does, perform the actions manually to ensure you do not unintentionally damage the computer you are working on.

if exist "%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory" RD /S /Q ""%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory".