Win8: How to Backup Folders The Right Way
In previous versions of Windows there was “Previous Versions” tab in the UI which allowed you to configure when backups were taken.
In Windows 8 this is gone and has been replaced with “File History;” which works more like a mini restore point just for a collection of files instead of the whole system.
To enable it first open Control Panel and in Category mode under the Systems & Security category will be an option “Save backup copies of your files with File History.”
Turning the feature on is easy, just click “Turn On” and under “Advanced settings” tweak the frequency to archive.
With that setup; how do I add folders into it you may ask. The easiest way seems to be use Explorer and navigate to the folder of interest. Right click and select “Add to Library” and the appropriate submenu item. That’s it!
Afterward you can navigate to “Control Panel\System and Security\File History” and click Run Now to verify all is working as expected.