This post shows students and new users the steps to enable or disable File History when using Windows 11. File History is a built-in Windows backup tool to back up folders in your home folder and files within including Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and desktop.
In cases where the original files are lost or damaged, you can use the backup versions created by File History to restore them. The file history also allows you to navigate through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.
By default, File History backs up all files and folders to a user home directory (C: Users Username). You can also include additional folders and locations for backing up.
File history is not automatically enabled when there are no suitable backup locations. You can only back up to an externally connected drive, such as a USB drive, or you can save it to a drive on a network. If neither of these locations is available, the file history will not be used.
Read our previous post on How to Backup Windows 11.
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To start enabling or disabling File History in Windows 11, follow the steps below.
How to turn off file history in Windows 11
If you want to disable File History in Windows 11, follow the steps below.
Go to the Start Menu, then search Control Panel app and open it.