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Configure File History in Windows 10 Pro

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My OS is win 10 pro, and I am trying to turn the file history on, but how and what are the steps from ground zero to achieve this.  Thank u and regards.
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Hello.

1. The first thing that you need is the location where you will save your history of files. This is commonly an additional disk on the computer, an external USB or a network share. Ensure that you have access to this destination.

2. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History > Select Drive.
There you will have a list of your storage disks that can be used for file history, if a network share is desired, click the option to add a network share on the bottom.

3. Optional: If you want to specify custom options such as the amount of versions that you want, file exclusions or so on. Click the left nodes on the left: Advanced Options, Exclude Folders.

4. After everything is set, go one step back. Or which is the same, go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History.
There you can turn on file history.
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Also look through Settings, Update and Security, Backup and you can see where you configure File History. Look in the Advanced Settings and it takes you to file history.
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As noted above, it's very easy to configure File History => just set the drive you want to use for it, and turn it on.   You can then easily configure the details (how much history to keep;  which folders to include; etc.).

The most important thing is to use a DIFFERENT drive => not just a different partition on the same physical drive.   Also, be sure you occasionally create a System Image to that same alternative drive.     Between a system image and file history you'll have the ability to easily recover should you have any significant system issues -- failed hard drive; corrupted OS;  etc.
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in response to garycase, would a flash drive work?
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Yes, if you wish to use a (say) 16 GB Flash Drive, that will work.
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Yes, but if you want to really protect yourself and include a system image I'd use a far larger one than 16GB => a 128GB Ultra Fit would be a good choice ... they're VERY small and very inexpensive:
https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra-SDCZ43-128G-GAM46-Newest-Version/dp/B01BGTG2A0/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

If this is a desktop, where the size of the unit isn't as important, I'd suggest using a high-capacity external drive, which would provide for more file history space and plenty of room for several system images:
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Passport-Ultra-Portable-External/dp/B00W8XXRPM/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1474225137&sr=1-2&keywords=WD+Passport
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Hi jegajothy - we have given you lots of good input (good solutions). Can you close the question?
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I think jegajothy clicked the wrong button -- he wants to CLOSE the question, not DELETE it.
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Yes, Garycase u are right,  I did not see a Close button.
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