How to schedule my time of day for backing up File History in Windows 10

Discus and support How to schedule my time of day for backing up File History in Windows 10 in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; There have been numerous questions in the past about this topic, but it appears no-one found a solution. I have found a good and simple solution to the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by RogerBarton, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. RogerBarton Win User

    How to schedule my time of day for backing up File History in Windows 10


    There have been numerous questions in the past about this topic, but it appears no-one found a solution. I have found a good and simple solution to the problem which suits my purpose very well but it might not suit everybody:


    I use Windows 10 on a laptop, and I had been using an external hard drive to use the old Windows 7 backup and restore function which is included in Windows 10. I wanted to change to using a ScanDisk USB drive for a Windows 10 File History backup because it's quicker and more convenient.

    Settings-"Update & Security"-Backup allows you to choose a range of File History backup/copy times ranging from "10 minutes" to "Daily", and the only option that suited my purpose is the daily one. However, in this setup there is no way of choosing the actual time of day I wanted to use.


    After exploring a number of possibilities without success, I discovered the following solution:


    Open Control Panel

    Select "Security & Maintenance"

    Click on the down arrow in the "Maintenance" line to reveal the maintenance list

    If you have already set up Windows 10 File History backup in Settings menu, you will see "File History" itemised in the maintenance list

    Click on "change maintenance settings" in the line under "Automatic Maintenance". This will take you to a new screen on which you can choose the time of day when automatic maintenance takes place. Whichever time you select will also be the time when your File History backup also occurs (I chose 22.00 hrs, and checked that it does actually happen - it does!)


    The reason I said at the start of this message that this solution might not suit everyone is that automatic maintenance also runs other routines as necessary (read the blurb at the top of the time-choice screen). I have found that the time taken for the maintenance takes anything from 2 to 30 minutes. If you are using your device at the due maintenance time it will be delayed until your device is idle. Also if the maintenance routine is running and you need to use your device, the maintenance will stop until you have finished, then resume.


    I hope that this is helpful to other people, but please note that I am not a "techy", so I advise to check first that everything I have said is accurate before proceeding (you could try a dry run).

    Escafeld

    :)
     
    RogerBarton, Jul 12, 2018
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  2. FrankTekstar Win User

    Schedule time for File History backups?

    The Windows Backup for files and system image has a schedule that allows me to run this once a week at a certain time. All well and good.

    The File History backup only seems to have a schedule that allows me to run this daily BUT does not appear to allow me to schedule what time of day I want the backup to run.

    Is there a way to schedule the time to run a DAILY File History backup?
     
    FrankTekstar, Jul 12, 2018
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  3. Tony and NancyNugent Win User
    Schedule time for File History backups?

    I have 'File History' scheduled for 'Daily'. Please elaborate on when this scheduled 'Daily' File History backup runs. Can I control the schedule time? Also, I normally keep my File History backup drive disconnected. Does File History resume when I
    plug the drive back in. If not, why not?
     
    Tony and NancyNugent, Jul 12, 2018
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  4. Jerry8AB Win User

    How to schedule my time of day for backing up File History in Windows 10

    File History - Does not turn off

    I have turned OFF File History. When I check Task Schedule history dates, it shows the listings of having backed up File History. Why is that? I use Windows 10

    I do have File History as a scheduled event, but the set scheduled times do not coincide with the history dates. Moreover, by turning OFF File History it would seem the schedule setting should not work.

    Jerry
     
    Jerry8AB, Jul 12, 2018
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