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Windows 8 file history

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Windows 8 file history


    My OS is Windows 8. I normally backup my files to anexternal drive simply using the copy/past command. It always shows a progressbar so I always know when it's finished. Today is the first time I used Windowsfile history which I do like. But I see no progress bar nor does it tell whenit's finished. Is there a way I can see the progress or at least know when it'sfinished?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Frank,

    There's not a progress bar in File History, but.....


    This means that File History is currently in progress of saving copies of your files:

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    This means that File History is currently finished or not saving copies of your files:

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  3. #3


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for that quick response, Shawn.
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    You're welcome. The first post was updated with the second screenshot.
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  5. #5


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    To those who have never used the Windows 8 file history, I would suggest taking a look at it. Today was the first time I used it and I like it. I have always made backups. But for years using the copy/paste command.I couldn't find a reason to use any other way since the copy/paste works great.And, it does work great. But since using the one in Windows 8, I have found out that it save a lot of hassle and it does exactly what I want. You don't even have to use the default settings. You can exclude or include any folder you want. It goes to prove that the adage, "You can't teach and old dog new tricks."is entirely wrong.

    File History - How to Use in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Jul 2013 at 16:28. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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