This step-by-step guide will show you how to reset File History to default in Windows 10 operating system.

We’ve earlier shared you following guide to backup using File History feature:

How To Backup Using File History In Windows 10

Then we’ve seen how to fix, if you can’t configure File History, in this article:

FIX: Cannot Turn On File History In Windows 10

If the external or network drive you’re not working with File History, we shared this fix:

FIX: File History Doesn’t Recognize This Drive

Now, in this article, we’ll see how to reset File History to default. Well, when File History is configured for a particular drive, the backup is saved instantaneously when changes to files under backup are made. File History takes the advantage of change journal feature of NTFS file system.

If you’re using File History for a long time but now you want to reset and reconfigure it from scratch for some anonymous reason, here’s how you can.

How To Reset File History To Default In Windows 10

Note that resetting File History should not affect your original files and they should be stored as it is on native drive. To reset File History to default, follow these steps:

1. Right click Start Button or press W8K + X keys and select Settings.

2. In the Settings app, navigate to Update & Security > Backup.

3. Under Backup, turn Off the Automatically backup up my files option. Then click More options link.

How To Reset File History To Default In Windows 10

4. Next, in Backup options, under Back up to a different drive, click on Stop using drive.

How To Reset File History To Default In Windows 10

5. Now press W8K + E and open File Explorer.

6. In File Explorer window, under address bar, type/paste following and press Enter key:


How To Reset File History To Default In Windows 10

7. Under FileHistory folder, you’ll find the Configuration folder. Simply rename this folder to Configuration.old.

FYI: If you can’t rename Configuration folder, you can instead delete all files present in that folder. Files present in the folder are as follows:

  • Catalog1.edb
  • Catalog1.jfm
  • Catalog2.edb
  • Catalog2.jfm
  • Config1.xml
  • Config2.xml

So the File History should be reset now and you can re-configure it for another drive, if you like.

That’s it!

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