Windows 8 and the File History
File History in Windows 8 is a new feature that protects users files store in Libraries, Favorites, Contacts, and Desktop folders. By default, when enabled, File History scans for changes and copies those changed files to a separate location (usually an external storage device or network location).
Restoring a file protected by File History is very simple. Using Windows Explorer, you simply browse to a specific location and click or tap on the History button in the explorer ribbon. You then have the option to see all versions of the selected file. Once you navigate to the version of the file you’d like to restore, simply click the Restore button. The selected version of the file will be restored to the original location.
It’s important to note that in some environments, File History may conflict with internal policies related to data retention and storage. In situations like these we offer a Group Policy to disable File History use. To enable this policy use the Group Policy Management Editor and navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File History there you can enable the policy Turn off File History. This prevents users from turning on and using File History.
About the Author
Joey Snow is a Senior Technical Evangelist for the worldwide Developer and Platform Evangelism team at Microsoft focusing on engaging IT professionals around Windows Server, IIS, and Windows Azure to name a few.
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