Like any other Windows version, Microsoft has faced a lot of friction with the release of Windows 11. The recently released OS is still very buggy and, the update system requirements are a mess. Worse still, according to a recent report from WindowsReport, the Redmond giant has removed the ability to back up folders from the File History tool in Windows 11.
File History regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, you’ll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn’t deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.
File History was introduced with Windows 8 and was very convenient for people to back up their files on Windows devices for free. With the earlier File History version, both premade folders (like Documents, Pictures) and user-created folders could be selected for backup. Now with Windows 11, the option to select the user-created folders is missing as Microsoft has removed the ‘Add a Folder’ option.
It seems Microsoft is trying to promote OneDrive’s paid Backup solution which can still automatically backup user-created folders. File History was an extremely convenient solution for Windows systems and such abrupt limitations are quite a disingenuous attempt to promote paid solutions. Hopefully, Microsoft reconsiders and reinstates the feature in a future update.