Getting the most out of Windows 8 – File History

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No matter what camp you sit in, there is no defying one clear fact, Windows 8 is here to stay. Of course, there will be updates to the OS and perhaps a transition away from the Start Screen, but as always, there is a natural (sometimes begrudging) transition to the latest OS. The recent announcement of Microsoft surpassing 100 million licences is testament to that fact.

Putting our feelings aside
Today, we put to one side our feelings about Windows 8 and instead focus on what the new system can do and how we make use of it. We don’t care what it looks like, we don’t care if it’s changed, what we care about is what it can do.

Following on from a previous post looking at Family Safety by our resident Windows 8 expert, Gary Fildes, we now take a look at File History.

Never lose another file….
I doubt there is a single computer user out there who hasn’t experienced the frustration of data loss, whether it be a minor loss caused power cut meaning you lose two hours’ work or the worst case scenario of hard drive failure losing all files.

File history in Windows 8 makes data loss, well…… history. Simply purchase an external hard disk, switch File History on and the function will create a complete back up of all your personal documents every 15 minutes. The function also offers ‘change history’, meaning you can roll back to earlier versions of a document if you have a change of opinion on previous edits.

For a comprehensive data protection process, I would also suggest setting up Microsoft Sky Drive and setting it up to regularly sync your personal files. That way if the house burns down, at least your files are still in the ‘Cloud’.

How-to implement File History
So we know what it does, let’s learn how to use it. Simply follow the steps outlined below in this infographic and before you know it File History will be up and running.

Infographic – How to use File History in Windows 8, created by Firebrand Training

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