How To Restore Files From Windows 8 Or Windows 10 File History Backup

Starting from Windows 8, a new backup tool called File History was introduced. It automatically creates snapshots of versions of your files and stores them. You can later recover them to any stored version you want.

File History takes snapshots more often and gives you more file versions than Windows 7 Backup and Restore. However, it is more limited as it only backs up files located in your user account’s libraries and not your entire installation (unless you add more folders manually).

Is this tool right for me?

This tool works in a similar fashion as Shadow Copies. It is useful if you get hit by a virus, ransomware or simply lose your files and want to recover them. It also is useful if you want to revert changes you have made to a file earlier (e.g. you want to retrieve 5 pages of your thesis you have accidentally deleted).

Step 1:

Search for the following in the Start menu:

File History

Click Restore your files with File History.

Choose Restore personal files.

Step 2:

You will see all folders that have File History enabled and can be restored.

You can navigate through folders and restore individual files or simply select them all and restore all files and folders.

Hold Ctrl and click on individual folders if you want to select several of them.

Left and right arrows on the screen allow you to scroll through the available versions.

When you choose the desired version simply click the green circular arrow in order to restore the files to their original locations.

You can also click the settings gear at the top right corner and save your files elsewhere.

Step 3:

File History is also available in File Explorer. Use it if you want to recover individual files:

If this does not work try out other file recovery methods.