What to Do if “File History” Doesn’t Work in Windows 8/10?

“File History” feature is available in Windows 8 and 10, which is an inbuilt tool for file backup. It has been appreciated by a great amount of users. Yet, at times, it may fail to work. In this case, what can you do then? This article will offer a quick guide.

For the sake of averting data loss, like PST corruption, you may have taken many actions, of course including regular data backups. In Windows, there are multiple inbuilt backup tools, such as “File History” in Windows 8 and 10. If you’re relying on “File History” a lot, when it cannot work as normal, you will definitely wish to repair it. Now, in the followings, we will show you 7 solutions.

What to Do if "File History" Doesn't Work in Windows 8/10?

1. Disable and Enable “File History” Again

  1. First, Access the classic “Control Panel”.
  2. In “Control Panel”, go to “System and Security” > “File History”.
  3. Then, click “Turn off” button to disable “File History”.
  4. After a while, click “Turn on” to enable it again.
  5. Finally, retry “File History”.

2. Turn off and Turn on “System Protection” Again

  1. At first, right click ‘Start”.
  2. Then, select “System” > “System Protection”.
  3. Next, in the popup dialog, on “System Protection” tab, choose your drive and click “Configure”.
  4. Select “Disable system protection” and hit “OK”.
  5. Later, select “Yes” to confirm.
  6. After that, reboot your computer.
  7. Finally, turn on the “System Protection” again by the same operations.
  8. Now, attempt “File History” again.

3. Check and Change the Destination Drive

  1. Input “File History” in the search bar.
  2. Then, choose “File History”.
  3. In the new window, if it displays “No file history was found”, click “Configure File History settings”.
  4. Next, in the new screen, choose a new drive for file history and click “OK”.
  5. Eventually, test to run “File History” again.

4. Enable Volume Shadow Copy Service and Windows Backup service

  1. To begin with, type “service.msc” in the search bar.
  2. Then, click the first result.
  3. Subsequently, locate and right click the “Volume Shadow Copy” service, and select “Properties”.
  4. After that, go to “Dependencies” tab, on which ensure “dependency services” is running.
  5. Later, in the same manner, enable “Windows Backup” service.
  6. Ultimately, try File History again.

5. Perform a Clean Boot

  1. At the outset, search “msconfig” and run the program.
  2. Then, in the new dialog box, disable “Load startup items” on “General” tab.
  3. Next, check “Hide all Microsoft services” and click “Disable All”.
  4. In the end, reboot Windows and retry File History.

6. Keep Windows System Updated

There is a chance that your Windows system is out-of-date. Hence, some features malfunction, such as File History. Under this circumstance, you need to check the system and update it to the latest version to gain a healthy File History.

7. System Restore

Assuming that your Windows is the exactly the latest version, you can also select to try system restore. In other words, roll back the current Windows to an earlier healthy state, in which File History was well.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair SQL Server and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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