How to Use File History Restore in Windows 10

Posted by @Ada

April 16, 2018

If your files and folders have been corrupted or inadvertently deleted, you can restore them from File History in Windows 10/8.

Overview of Windows 10 File History backup and restore

File History is a quite easy way to backup files and folders. After you set it up first on your computer, it will automatically backup the selected files and folders.

File History stores the backups locally. These backups are convenient if you accidentally delete a file or folder, or want to restore a previous version of a file. You can perform Windows 10/8 File History restore for an entire folder, as well as single and multiple files.

How to restore files/folders with File History in Windows 10

To restore files/folders in Windows 10, you should make sure that Windows 10 File History backup is turned on.

Quick restore a single changed file/folder

If you changed the contents of a file or folder, and you think the older version is better and you want to restore to the older version. Here is a quick way to restore it.

You can launch the File History restore operation by accessing the file or folder’s Properties page and then click the Previous Versions tab. Choose a restore point and restore it.

Previous Versions

This method is convenient for a single file/folder. However, it will not work properly for a deleted file or a group of changed file.

Restore deleted files or folders

If you accidentally deleted files or folders, you can use File History restore in Windows 10 to restore it. 

Step 1. At the Search box, type “restore” and select Restore your files with File History.

Step 2. This will open the File History window, displaying all of the backed up folders. Double-click the folder that contains the items you want to restore. For example, you want to restore the folder named “A” in Desktop folder. Double-click Desktop folder and find A folder.

You can use another way to open File History. In Windows 10, File Explorer includes a “History” option that you can use to access backed up folders and files. Click File Explorer at Taskbar, open the Desktop folder. Click the Home tab atop your folder, then click the History button.

File Explorer

Step 3. By default, the File History window displays the most recent backup of the Desktop folder. Check whether the A folder is in that backup. If not, use the left arrow button at the bottom of the window to scroll through older backups until you find that folder. When you find the most recent version of the Business Presentations folder, check the box next to it.

Step 4. Then click the green restore button. After the folder is restored, File Explorer will open and display the restored A folder.

If you need to restore the changed files/folders, after clicking the green restore button, a box will pop up and it will give you three options:

“Replace the file in the destination”: This option allows you to replace the old versions of the folder with the folder you are restoring.

Click this option if you want to replace the old version of the report with the version you are restoring. After the file is restored, File Explorer will open and display the restored file.

“Skip this file”: If you do not want to restore the selected file or folder, you can click this option to skip this file.

“Compare info for both files”: If you want to keep both the existing file and the one that you want to restore, you can choose to click this option. After restored, the File Explorer will display both the current folder and the restored folder. And the restored folder will be named “backup and restore (2)”.

Three Options

A good supplemental backup and restore tool

While File History backs up and restores files and folders perfectly, it does not back up the operating system, applications, and systems settings. You’d better set up a comprehensive backup solution that will fully protect your computer system and data. 

Besides using File History, you can also restore files from backup in Windows 10/8 if you have created one. If you do not have one, it is essential for you to have a professional backup and restore software that allows you to create offsite backups.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is exactly the software that can satisfy most people’s needs. It is a free and professional backup and restore tool that allows you to backup and restore not only files and folders but also system, hard drive, partition.

It provides the all-around protection for your computer. The backup location is verified. Besides backing up to local hard drive, you can also choose to backup to USB drive, NAS, cloud, etc. To save space as well protect your data, you can create incremental backup. You can also restore files and folders, system, partition, disk from external hard drive.

It is worth mentioning that AOMEI Backupper Standard supports Window 10/8/7/XP/Visa.

Here is the main interface of Backup, clean and user-friendly.

AOMEI Backup

Here is the main interface of restore, easy to operate. The paid version of AOMEI Backupper allows you to restore to a dissimilar hardware with universal restore function.

AOMEI Restore

Although Windows 10 File History backup and restore is a handy tool for file and folder backup, it does have some limitation. To keep your data safe and have an all-around protection for your computer, it is better to have a supplemental backup and restore tool – AOMEI Backupper.