Windows 10: Can you exclude certain files (not folders) from File History

Discus and support Can you exclude certain files (not folders) from File History in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I've been using File History & generally like the way it works. However, if I open a Word file, e.g. Utilities.doc, Word also creates a temporary file,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by phrab, Jun 20, 2021.

  1. phrab Win User

    Can you exclude certain files (not folders) from File History


    I've been using File History & generally like the way it works. However, if I open a Word file, e.g. Utilities.doc, Word also creates a temporary file, ~$ilities.doc. If I have it open for awhile, File History may back up this file also. Over time, I've found various files starting with ~ or ~$ in File History. Since these are not files I would ever need as a previous version, is it possible to exclude these files in the first place? Thanks in advance.

    :)
     
    phrab, Jun 20, 2021
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  2. File History won't exclude folders

    I just tried to exclude C:\Users\Donny\Downloads using the legacy control panel File History interface. When I clicked "Select Folder" the folder was added to the excluded folders list. When I clicked "Save changes" and went back into the excluded folders
    list, C:\Users\Donny\Downloads was not listed at all.

    So certainly not fixed for me.
     
    Donny Murgatroyd, Jun 20, 2021
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  3. neuroking Win User
    File History won't exclude folders

    The 'remove this drive' technique appeared to work, but when I checked the drive, the folders were still being backed up. Opened the modern file history settings and the folders were still removed from the backup list. I tried to add them manually to the
    excluded folders list and they disappeared like before. After a reboot, and I think opening the 'classic' file history control panel without making changes, the removed folders were back on the list and could not be removed.

    I also did the same steps above, but manually deleted the backed up folders from the drive after removing them. Still no dice.

    Everything is back to where it was before. Somehow I got a folder to stay in the classic and modern control panel exclude lists, but I can't add any more. One thing to note, the exclude list, I think, must contain folders within the backed up folder list.
    I know it makes no sense to exclude a folder that isn't backed up anyway (i.e.-not a subfolder of a backed up folder), but it seems a likely place for some weird settings reset bug to occur.

    My guess is that there is some interaction between the modern and classic control panels that causes them to reset these lists, compounded by the added functionality of selecting the folders in the modern settings. Something along the lines of the File History
    engine checks the classic control panel for exclusions, then checks the modern settings for inclusions, finds a conflict, and reverts to the previous folder lists. Some type of weird tug-o-war over settings, and the underlying triggers are automatically called
    from both sides in non-intuitive (to users) ways.

    My solution was to ditch FH altogether and switch over to SynBackSE for versioning. Not a solution for everyone, I know, but there is something fundamentally messed up with FH, and I'd rather not gamble with my thesis backups.
     
    neuroking, Jun 20, 2021
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  4. Can you exclude certain files (not folders) from File History

    File History won't exclude folders

    I had the same problem, and I solved in this way:

    Control Panel -> System and Security-> File History -> Turn off

    Settings -> Update & Security -> Backup -> More options -> Stop using this drive

    Delete the File History folder in your external drive.

    Start using File History again.

    After these steps, I can add folders to "Excluded Folders" and they remain excluded. I checked in the actual files and folders saved on the external disk, and it works. So I guess it is important to click "Stop using this drive".

    Hope this can help you.
     
    Vincenzo Carbone, Jun 20, 2021
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