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Backing Up Your Files (Windows 8)

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This document pertains to HP PCs with Windows 8.
Unfortunately, most people back up their files after it is too late. There are many ways that the information on your computer can be lost. A child might accidentally remove programs or data, or a power surge or natural disaster might occur. You should regularly backup your files and keep the backups in a separate place. This can help you replace your information if something happens to the originals on your computer.
NOTE: If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, some graphics and information in this document may vary. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.

Using File History to backup files in Windows 8

File History, a new feature in Windows 8, automatically backs up files that are in your libraries, contacts list, favorites, and on your desktop. If the originals are lost, corrupted, or deleted, you can restore one file or all the files. You can also find different versions of your files from a specific date.
You can back up your files to a network drive or to an external drive such as a USB memory stick or portable hard drive. These instructions describe how to back up your files to an external drive.
Follow these steps to back up files with File History.
  1. Connect your external drive to the computer. If an Autoplay window opens, close it.
  2. On the Windows 8 Start screen, type Save backup copies to open the Search charm, and then select Save backup copies from the results list.
    Figure 1: Search
    Search with save backup copies in the results
  3. To start saving backups, click Turn on .
    Figure 2: Turning on File History
    Turning on  File History
  4. If you want to recommend this drive to other members of your homegroup, click Yes . Otherwise, click No to continue.
    Figure 3: Recommending drive for File History
    Recommending drive for File History
  5. To back up your files, click Run now .
    File History saves a copy of your files.
    Figure 4: Running File History
    Running  File History
  6. If there are specific folders or libraries you don't want to save, add them to the Excluded folders and libraries.
    Figure 5: Excluding folders
    Excluding folders
  7. To save your files on a regular basis, click Advanced settings .
    Figure 6: Advanced settings
    Advanced settings
  8. In Advanced Settings, choose how often you want to save the copies of your files and how long you want to keep the saved versions.
    Figure 7: Advanced settings
    Advanced settings

Using File History to restore saved files in Windows 8

With File History, you can restore one file or all the files you have backed up. You can also find different versions of your files from a specific date.
Use the following steps to restore saved files:
  1. Connect your external drive to the computer. If an Autoplay window opens, close it.
  2. On the Windows 8 Start screen, type Save backup copies to open the Search charm, and then select Save backup copies from the results list.
    Figure 8: Search
    Search with save backup copies in the results
  3. Click System and Security .
    Figure 9: Clicking System and Security
    Clicking System and Security
  4. Under File History , click Restore your files with File History .
    Figure 10: Opening File Restore
    Opening File Restore
  5. Click the file you want to restore or right-click to select all the folders.
    Figure 11: Restoring all files
    Restoring all files
  6. Click the Restore button at the bottom of the window.

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