How to Restore Files from File History on Windows

File History is a built-in backup application on Windows computers. Here you will know the detailed steps of how to restore files from File History. Since File History only backs up a fraction of computer content, you can try another data recovery tool - EaseUS to retrieve accidentally deleted files or lost files on your computer.

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Windows computers have a built-in app called File History to help users to backup content. File History applies to Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. On the earlier versions of Windows computer, this function called Backup and Restore. Before getting to know how to restore File History backup files, you should learn what is in a File History backup.

According to Microsoft support, File History allows users to backup files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders. And the OneDrive files are also available offline on your computer. If the files you want to restore are in the folders mentioned above, please follow the steps below to see how to restore files from File History.

How to Restore Files from File History in 3 Steps

File History allows you to check and preview what you have backed up. And it's not complicated to recover content with File History. First, you need to find where the backup file is. Then choose the data you want and click the "Restore" button. Here is the step-by-step guide.

Step 1. Go to Control Panel on your computer and click "File History."

Head to File History

Step 2. Click "Restore personal files" on the left side to check your backup files.

Click Restore Personal Files

Step 3. Click the left and right arrow to choose the exact backup you want to restore. You can recover the whole backup as well as specific files or folders. Once you have decided, click the green restore button to restore content from File History to the original location.

Choose a File to Restore

When finishing the restoring process, you can check the files on your computer.

Restore Files not in File History with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

As you can see, File History only enables you to backup a fraction of content. When you want to restore some data, you will check the "File History" backup file first, but you may find that the data you want is not included in the backup folder. What should you do now? Under this condition, what you need is a professional data recovery software.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard specializes in hard drive data recovery. No matter you have accidentally deleted your files, or have lost valuable data due to the system crash. You can count on EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get back the content you need.

Download EaseUS Data Recovery now and follow the steps below to restore the files you need.

Step 1. Select a location to scan.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card from which you want to perform data recovery, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, select the lost files you want to recover. If you need, double-click the file to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

After choosing the files, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the recovered files.

Recover lost data

How to Enable File History on Your Computer

Now that you have known how to restore files from File History and restore files that are not backed up. You might also want to have a thorough understanding of File History.

  • Enable File History

If you don't enable this function on your computer, try the following steps to turn it on.

Step 1. Go to Control Panel and click "File History."

Step 2. Click "Turn on" to enable File History. You can see there is a note saying, "File History is on."

Enable File History

  • Change Backup Settings

You can also change the default settings of the backup.

Click "Select Drive" you can select the location to store the backup files, including the computer hard drive and network location.

Select the Backup Location

If you don't want to back up a particular folder, click "Exclude Folders" to add the folders you don't need to backup.

Exclude Backup Folders

In "Advanced Settings", you can choose how often your computer starts a backup and how long to keep saved versions.

Advanced Settings

The Bottom Line

All you should know about File History is in this article. Even though EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard would always help you out whenever you stuck in a data-loss dilemma, it is necessary for you to make scheduled backups to protect your files and folders. If you got interested in EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, free download this tool and explore more functions like recover RAW partitions or recover a formatted hard drive.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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