Windows 10’s ‘File History’ backup system will likely be killed with the Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 has a built-in backup system called File History that allows you to backup files on your device. The feature can be used when you want to transfer your files from an old PC to a new one, or when you’re simply doing a clean install of your PC. Unfortunately, though, this feature might be going away soon in Windows 10.

Microsoft accidentally released a new internal build of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders recently that included some minor new changes here and there — but most noticeably, the build doesn’t let you backup your files using File History anymore. In the “Backup” settings on the Settings app, Windows 10 only shows an option that lets you restore files using File History and there isn’t any option that lets you actually create a backup.

There’s a very small chance of File History making a come back in the future. Microsoft enthusiast WalkingCat spotted a note in the accidentally released build that confirms the removable of File History, stating “Making new backups with File History is no longer supported.”

It is possible Microsoft is working on something better to replace File History, but we’ll make sure to let you know if that’s indeed the case.

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