You can launch a restore operation from within Windows Explorer
Of course the ultimate goal of File History is to be able to restore files that have been corrupted or inadvertently deleted. There are two ways that you can go about restoring files and you can either perform a full restore or simply restore individual files. The first way to initiate a restore operation is from the main File History window by selecting Restore personal files setting in the Task pane on the left. The other way is from Windows Explorer. Restoring from the main File History window will make a full restore easy while restoring from Windows Explorer will make restoring individual files easy.
From Windows Explorer, you will go to the Home tab in the Open section and you'll see a History button, as shown in Figure K.
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Hey guys, I was hoping you can help me with a problem I am having. I like the file history option, I have it saved to an external hard drive and it works great. The only problem I have is, If I want to copy files back over, without restoring all files, the file names now have a date added to the end of it. Is there anyway to keep this from happening? I have thousands of files, and I can't imagine having to rename all of them.
When I initially read about this feature, I thought it sounded brilliant. I assumed it would keep a log/backup of all changes. So if I save a file regularly as I'm working on it, I would then be able to go back to any version I saved. What is described is nothing like that. I already have an external drive that does a timed backup, so this seems a complete waste of time in my scenario.
Bula! How can I restore an excel file that got deleted if I do not have the file history turned on? Help!
...single file using File History, you can do that--you don't have to restore all of them. While you can just launch File Explorer and access the files that File History stores in its backup folder on your external drive, that is not the way that it is meant to be used. When you use File Explorer, you will see the data and time stamp appended to the file by File History to keep track of the different versions of the backup. When you restore a file through File History, the data and time stamp is removed from the file. So, as long as you use File History to restore files, you won't have to be concerned with renaming all of the files.
...keep a log/backup of all your saved changes. As I said in the article: "File History continuously monitors files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Contacts, and Favorites folders and when it detects changes in any file, it then makes a backup of that file. " See Figure L and you can see that what is showing is 7 of 7. You can scroll through all of the available versions by using the Previous version and Next version buttons
Thanks for the response. I had a look and I still can't see where it's saving every change. It uses transactions to determine when to save a version, but doesn't say whether it saves all changes made in that period as separate snapshots/copies/... If it's set to 10 minutes and I save 10 different versions in the 10 minutes, does it provide rollback to each one of those versions? It also appears that it saves the whole file. I had thought it would be smart and save only the deltas so it can reconstruct the file at any point. Am I reading it right?