Use File History to easily restore files on your Windows device
In today’s digital world, safeguarding data is critical, and setting up a backup for your computer is one way of protecting your data, making it easy to restore files from Windows backup in cases where your computer crashes or is infected by a virus.
Luckily, Windows has a built-in feature that enables you to backup your files to an external hard drive, network drive, or cloud storage service. Once a backup has been set up, you will be able to restore your files from the backup if needed. This guide will walk you through various ways to get lost files from Windows backup.
Before restoring your files from Windows backup, you will need to create a backup image first. Follow the steps below to do this.
Set up a backup image
- Plug in an external drive to your computer and ensure that your PC can detect it.
- Click the Windows button to bring up your Search bar, type file history in the bar, and choose Backup settings.
- Next, pick the Add a drive option, and choose the external drive you plugged in earlier.
- Choose More options to set up the file history settings. You will be able to set how frequently you want to backup your files, and how long you want to keep backed up files.
- Now, choose the Add a folder option, and select the folders you want to backup in your Windows device, then click the Back up now button to begin the process.
- Finally, you have a file history backup that you can restore anytime.
1. Restore files in Windows 10
You can recover files from a backup you made using the Windows backup and restore program in Windows. If your computer crashes, gets infected with a virus or suffers from any other problem, you can use this tool to restore the files you lost. If you mistake or unintentionally delete a file, you may also use this tool to restore the file to a prior version. Follow the steps below to use this tool.
- Bring up the Search bar by clicking the Windows key, type file history, and select Restore your files with File History.
- Next, select either the right or left arrow to locate the current version, and pick the files you want to restore.
- Lastly, click the green restore button to bring back your lost files.
- If you will also like to restore your files to another location, simply click on the settings icon, choose Restore to, and pick a different location.
2. Restore files in Windows 11 using file history
Windows file history feature allows you to back up your files, restore them to a prior state, or retrieve deleted files in an emergency. The steps below will teach you how to restore files from the Windows 11 file history backup.
- Click the Windows button, type control in the text field, and choose the relevant option.
- Select Large icons in the View by section, then click on File History.
- Click the Select drive link to pick the driver you want to use, then click OK.
3. Restore files from older versions
If a file is missing from your computer or you accidentally changed or deleted it, you can try to restore it from an earlier version. The copies of files and folders that Windows automatically stores as a part of a restore point are known as shadow copies.
- Click the Start button on your PC, and navigate to Computer.
- Go to the folder that contains the files you want and select Restore previous versions.
- You will get a list of the available previous versions of the files and folders, then you can choose the one you want.
Wrapping things up
By following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to efficiently restore files from Windows backup. If you have further questions, reach out to us via the comment section below.
If you would also like to know how to restore permanently deleted files on your Windows 11 device, check out the linked article.