Microsoft introduced the File History feature in Windows 8 to provide users of the operating system with an auto-backup feature for important files and data. The backup service has several shortcomings: you can't select the files or folders that you want to backup for example, and to use it at all, you do need to have access to a network share or an external hard drive that is connected to the PC.
There is however a way to use File History even without a second hard drive. Let me show you how you can configure it.
This shares the folder with your user account. While that is not beneficial in regards to access, as you do have full access to it already, it adds a network share that you can now make use of in File History.
All that is left to do now is to configure the File History feature itself. Here is how you do that:
Windows will save the data to the selected location from that moment on.Advertisement
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