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File History - How to Use in Windows 8

  1. #11


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    No problem. Maybe you have something repeatedly changing the metadata on the videos.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    Dreadful apparent limitation with 'File History' and overcoming it
    The apparent limitation is that File History will only save your Libraries, Desktop etc. If you keep documents etc. elsewhere then, at first glance, it's useless. (To many readers this will be screamingly obvious. Sorry! It's to save others, more like me, time scratching around).
    The workaround is as follows:-
    In short, your create a library that acts as a shortcut to your documents drive and subdirectory. Further libraries can be added to shortcut to your photos etc. etc.
    The details are as follows. These apply to Windows 8 released and patched to August 2013, not Win8 Pro nor Windows 8.1.

    Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

    In File Explorer, highlight 'Libraries'
    Use the menus: Home, New Item, Library, and type the name you want.
    Double click the new library you've just created. Click on the 'Include a folder' button and browse to the folder you need.
    Done!
    Regards,
    Nigel
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Aug 2013 at 13:12. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. #13


    I have a 3TB external drive connected, with a large partition dedicated to File History. So I double checked and found what it should be - only copies when I know I made changes to files EXCEPT for some unexplained dated duplicates of photos. I checked, and the info on the photos is identical.

    Would this be caused by removing the external drive, Windows caching File History on C, then moving to external when connected again?
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