Surprise?! After Windows 7 System Restore no longer keeps backup copies of previous versions of your files. File History isn’t enabled by default, so you can’t restore previous versions of files unless make some changes.
Go to File History and add an external drive.
File History only backs up copies of files that are in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.
Surprise #2. It will start backing up every file on your system without asking!
The reason I thought about using this feature is when my old Vista was hacked by ransomware, after I got control of the PC again, I was able to recovery all files (back to the previous version.)
External: Other choices of backing up your data.
Make changes here as needed.
Here’s something which worked.
… simply index the network files as a workaround.
Add a non-indexed UNC as a library
1. Create a folder on your hard drive for shares. i.e. c:\share
2. Create another folder in the above share. i.e. c:\share\music
2. Link the Library to this folder.
3. Delete the folder.
4. Use the mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link. Name the link the same as the folder you created above.
i.e – mklink /d c:\share\music \\server\music
5. Done. Now you have non-indexed UNC path as a library.
But it appears to be slow.
Here’s another reference to the same topic.
Windows special folder list and CLSID identifier codes.
e.g. Open Windows Explorer directly to Favorites, change the properties like this:
Windows 7 Documents:
Windows 7 Desktop:
Windows 7 My Computer: