Windows 11 Cripples File History to Prop Up OneDrive Backup

File History on Windows 11.
Josh Hendrickson

Of all the weird and frustrating problems in Windows 11, this one might take the cake. Microsoft removed the “Add a Folder” option from Windows 11’s File History tool, meaning that you can only back up Documents, Photos, and other pre-made folders in Windows 11. That is, unless you pay for some OneDrive storage.

File History is the main backup tool in Windows. It was first introduced in Windows 8, and allows users to automatically back up select folders to an external drive. In short, File History is like an automatic cloud storage solution that sits at your desk and doesn’t cost $15 a month.

But Microsoft has its own cloud storage solution called OneDrive. And as noticed by Windows 11 users on Reddit, it seems that Microsoft is taking features away from File History to make a OneDrive subscription more appealing.

In previous Windows releases, users could choose which folders to automatically back up with File History. These folders could exist anywhere on your file system. But in Windows 11, users can only back up Documents, Photos, Videos, Downloads, Contacts, and other pre-made folders chosen by Microsoft.

If you’re a File History user, I suggest sticking with Windows 10 for awhile. The Windows 11 release is a bit buggy and its best features are still missing, so you’re not missing out on much. But if you’ve already upgraded to Windows 11, please make sure that File History is backing up your important data. You may need to move folders into Documents and other Microsoft-approved spaces to make sure that they’re automatically backed up.

Source: u/gdeadphilly

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