Slideshow: Activate the Windows 8 File History feature

File History from the Start Screen

File History is a new feature in Windows 8 that works like a combination of Previous Versions and Windows Backup and Restore. File History continuously monitors files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders and when it detects changes in any file it then makes a backup copy to another location - such as an external hard disk or a network drive.

In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll show you how File History works.

This Slideshow is also available as a TechRepublic Windows and Office Blog post.

Getting started

Launching File History in Windows 8 is easy. Just press the [Windows] key, type File History while on the Start Screen, select Settings, and click File History, as illustrated.


Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.