Infographic: Windows 8 – How to use File History

Welcome to the latest instalment of How-to guides for Windows 8, getting you to grips with all the new and improved features in the latest OS from Microsoft. In previous posts we’ve looked at powerful features like Family Safety (giving greater parental controls like curfew setting) and Refresh and Reset (a quick and powerful alternative to reinstalling your OS).

In this post we will look at File History, a new and automated back-up system in Windows 8. We have all had that dreaded moment when you’re working on a really important document and there’s a power cut, the PC crashes for new reason or you experience the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Hours of hard work lost in a heartbeat and nothing to do but start again or face plant the table (having experienced both I recommend the former).

Windows 8 File History counteracts this exact issue and prevents it from occurring. First you will need an external Hard Disk or a Home use NAS device. With a wide variety in the market, prices on Amazon start from £35, bargain. Once you have one you can implement File History as outlined in the graphic and the system will create a backup of all your personal documents every fifteen minutes. Now you’ll never have this issue again, unless you have your house burn down or you lose the external device. At this stage, I suggest also syncing your files using Sky Drive at regular intervals to create a truly universal back up strategy.

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How to use File History in Windows 8 by Firebrand Training