Windows 10’s File History backup system isn’t going to die after all

Microsoft removed the File History backup system in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update earlier this month. The feature wasn’t available in some of the recently released Insider previews of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, leading to people speculating that the backup system is going away. As it turns out, the backup system isn’t going away after all.

In the latest preview of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, build 16226, the File History backup system is back once again in the Settings app — which means you can now backup your files to another drive and restore them whenever you want. Interestingly, the Restore feature in File History is no longer available in the latest preview, which means you can’t restore any previous File History backups you may have created in the past. Just like the backup feature, restore will likely make a comeback in the coming Insider preview releases.

It isn’t known why exactly Microsoft removed the feature in some of the previous Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, but it’s possible Microsoft is tweaking the File History feature to work properly with the OneDrive Files On-Demand feature. That’s also probably the reason behind Microsoft removing the backup feature of File History in the first place. Nevertheless, if you use File History, you no longer have to worry about Microsoft killing the feature anymore — at least for now, anyway.

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