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How to setup windows 8 backup

How to set up a backup in Windows 8

If you have Windows 7 Home or Windows 7 Professional please see this post: Setting up a backup in Windows 7. If you have windows 8 or windows 8.1 please continue reading.

Before you start using File History to back up your files, you need to first select where your backups are saved. You can select an externally connected drive, such as a USB drive, or you can save to a drive on a network.

File History only backs up copies of files that are in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.

To set up a drive for File History

If you’re going to use a new external drive, connect it to your PC. If you see a notification asking if you want to configure the drive for File History, tap or click it, and then turn on File History on the screen the appears.

Otherwise, follow these steps to choose either a network drive or an external drive that’s already connected to your PC.

  1. Right Click on the Windows Logo Icon in the lower left of your screen.
  2. From the Menu select Control Panel
  3. Click System and Security
  4. Click on File HistorySetup a backup in windows 8
  5. Then Select the Drive you wish to backup your files and Click “Turn On” Or
  1.  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
  2. Enter File History settings in the search box, and then tap or click File History settings.
  3. Tap or click Select a drive, and choose the network or external drive you want to use.
  4. Turn on File History.

Four Corners Computer Center • February 15, 2015

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