File History is a backup feature introduced in Windows 10 as a replacement for the Backup and Restore component of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. When enabled, it automatically creates copies of files in selected folders.
By default, File History backs up files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders, but you can easily add any folder you want.
To restore permanently deleted files using File History:
- Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder where the deleted files were located.
- Right-click anywhere inside the folder and select Restore previous versions.
- Pick the most appropriate File History backup and click Open to preview its content.
- Select the files you want to recover and click the green Recover button to recover them.