Windows 8 tips: How to back up files

Windows 8 makes it easier than ever to quickly back up important files. The new File History app enables you to select a device to use for automatic backups for your desktop and Libraries.

First, enter the Control Panel and start File History. Alternatively, with a fresh USB flash drive, Windows 8 will enable you to get started with File History straight away.

If you haven’t plugged in a USB stick or other storage device, now is the time to do so. The drive will appear in the window, and File History will be switched off. Click ‘Turn on’ to begin syncing content to the drive.

You can exclude a folder by selecting it in the ‘Exclude folders’ option, and add Libraries by creating new ones and filling them with folders.

The advanced settings will detail how long to keep outdated versions, and how often to back the whole lot up. If you delete a file from your main drive that you then need to back up, you can use Restore Personal Files to select an appropriate restore point.

You can even drill down through the backups to see which files are in each option.