Windows 10: Windows10 File History Stopped Backing Up

Discus and support Windows10 File History Stopped Backing Up in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I have been using File History Backup ever since Windows10 was introduced. I just checked the last backup, and see it was Jan 1, 2018 - seams to have... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by ALN, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. ALN
    ALN Win User

    Windows10 File History Stopped Backing Up


    I have been using File History Backup ever since Windows10 was introduced. I just checked the last backup, and see it was Jan 1, 2018 - seams to have stopped working as of then, and don't know how to get it going again. I have it set to back up Daily and to keep History for 1 month.

    I noticed that it backed up in the wee hours of the morning, and I do power off every night. Might this be the issue? Also wonder if there is a way to know that the backup running successfully.

    Here are the settings

    Windows10 File History Stopped Backing Up [​IMG]

    Running Windows 10 Pro, V. 1709, Build 16299.192

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    backing up file history
     
    fussellthomas, Feb 11, 2018
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    how do I back up file history on usb

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    fussellthomas, Feb 11, 2018
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  4. Bree New Member

    Windows10 File History Stopped Backing Up

    When did you get the update to Fall Creators Update, version 1709? Was that on or just after 1st Jan.?

    Several of us have reported that File History stopped after the update to 1709. Changing the settings and setting it up again seemed to fix it.

    File History to be removed?
     
  5. ALN
    ALN Win User
    Actually I have no idea when I got the Fall Creators Update. But I will try changing the settings and see if that takes care of it.

    Thanks for your reply!
     
  6. Bree New Member
    If you got it through Windows Update it should tell you in the update history. I manually installed 1709 and file history stopped from that date on until I noticed and re set its settings. Has worked reliably ever since.
     
  7. Not sure when the "Daily" backups runs but as far as I know, no backup will run when the machine is power off. I would think it would retry once the machine is powered on.

    Have you always powered off your device? (and by power of I mean shutdown)
     
    Caledon Ken, Feb 12, 2018
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  8. Steve C Win User

    Windows10 File History Stopped Backing Up

    File History can be temperamental. My fix for when it stops backing up is below.
    • Stop FH
    • Delete the FH config files at C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\FileHistory\Configuration
    • Restart FH and select to use the same backup drive as before
     
    Steve C, Feb 12, 2018
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  9. Bree New Member
    No, I've never been able to spot any pattern, it seems to depend on whether there have been any changes to the files being backed up. I have had backups roughly every 2-3 days (which would fit with how often my files change).

    File History is very much my third line of defence, I have other backup regimes but leave File History on as a last resort - I just 'set and forget' it. It's pointing to a network share, so there's never any issue with the history drive being available.

    As such I seldom check on its progress. Mine is set for 'Daily', looking today, I see the last five backups (out of 179) were...

    12 Feb. 20:57
    09 Feb. 21:42
    06 Feb. 19:47
    06 Feb. 14:48
    02 Feb. 12:12

    There's a gap of one month in the history, from when I updated to 1709 in mid-October until I set it up again in mid-November. Prior to that there are regular backups every other day or so, back to the first on 14 Nov 2016 11:35.
     
  10. ALN
    ALN Win User
    Thanks for that info! I have 2 computers, File History stopped working on both. 1709 was installed on one late Dec and on the other Jan 1 - about the time FH stopped working. So looks like 1709 is the culprit. I took your advice and re-set the settings, and looks like FH is working again. Thanks for your help!
     
  11. Bree New Member
    *Thumbs

    Mine's worked reliably since I reset it.
     
  12. ALN
    ALN Win User
    Yes, I power off (almost) every night. Agree that it must re-try as soon as it is turned back on.
     
  13. ALN
    ALN Win User

    Windows10 File History Stopped Backing Up

    Steve. Thanks for the info! Since re-setting the Options in FH seems to have fixed it, I plan to leave well enough alone. But will definitely try your suggestion if it quits working again.

    On a more general question: Is there a better Auto Backup application than File History? I don't care about historical versions of any files - only current version in case my hard drive fails. I prefer it to be on my external hard drive (not cloud), and free is always good!
     
  14. Caledon Ken, Feb 12, 2018
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    ALN Win User
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