"If you want to take advantage of File History, you have to make only [a] few, simple decisions," he added.
To use File History, Windows 8 users need to turn it on and select where the backed-up files will be stored.
If users are fine with using the default settings of File History, they don't need to do anything else.
Unlike other Windows and non-Windows backup and restore utilities, File History has been designed to only protect personal files, not the entire contents of a PC.
This means that File History will concern itself only with files stored in the Libraries, Desktop, Favorites and Contacts folders, and will not back up the OS or applications.
Windows 8's File History essentially creates a backup of your personal files (contacts, desktop files, my documents, pictures, etc.) by scanning them every hour and saving them to a location of your choice, preferably an external hard drive.
The File History feature seems to be an amazing addition to the Windows OS, as it adds a new layer of simplicity for data safety.