How To: Setup and use File History on Windows 8

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In this video, I demonstrate one of the great new features in Windows 8: File History. File history keeps a chronological history of your files automatically, and it's easy to restore data when you need to as shown in this video. You can see the full post for this story on the Extreme Windows Blog.

In my File History deep-dive post on the Extreme Windows Blog, you can get a lot more information about File History in Windows 8.



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      Just remember that File History is what it says, FILES.  Your programs are not backed up.  In order to do that, you need to use the "Windows 7 File Recovery" mentioned near the end of the blog post.

      However, there ARE some important differences for "Windows 7 File Recovery" in Windows 8. 

      First, the recovery partition now has to be 350MB, which is larger than Windows 7 used.  If you upgrade a Windows 7 machine and your System Image fails, this is likely the cause.  Find a 3rd party tool that can expand it or do a clean install and it's fixed.

      Second, the recovery disc is now UEFI boot.  This means if you have an ultrabook and don't use optical drives, the "Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool" Microsoft provided for Window 7 will fail to create a bootable USB Flash drive from your recovery disc for you.  Microsoft hasn't bothered to update it.

      Speaking of that, can anyone recommend a tustworthy took that can create a bootable EFI Win 8 Recovery USB Stick from the ISO?  Anyone know WHY Microsoft doesn't just let us choose a USB Flash drive to store our Recovery Disk to?  Let's hope Microsoft realizes it's a optical disc free world faster than they did for floppy drives...

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