You can include almost any folder you wish — even hidden/system folders — in Win8’s automatic File History backups.
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Add any folder you want to File History
Reader Mike Stevens uses Win8 but prefers traditional desktop-style apps to Metro/Modern-type ones. However, that causes a problem with his automatic File History backups.
- “I use Win 8.1 Update on my PC. But I suppose I’m a ‘traditional’ Windows user; I boot straight to the desktop and use third-party (non-Microsoft) programs for just about everything.
“Consequently, lots of my data is stored in the \Users\Mike\AppData folder, which isn’t saved by File History.
“I’d love to be able to add that folder to File History, but Microsoft doesn’t explain how to do so. Can you, please?”
Sure, Mike. It’s easy to add just about any folder to File History’s backups.
The trick is understanding that File History is hard-wired to back up two groups of files.