Windows 10 File History on Surface – Love My Surface

Repost of article source above.

This article is second in a series we’re doing on Windows 10 backup and recovery mechanisms. If you missed it, you can find the first article here: Change Default Save Location to OneDrive in Windows 10 On Surface
In today’s article, I’m going to discuss backing up and recovering files using the File History Feature in Windows 10. I’ll also touch on some caveats with the feature that you’ll need to know.
File History offers “Point in Time” restores which will allow you to restore a file from a particular date and hour (say from 2 days ago). As you can imagine, this is handy if you accidentally deleted a file but can’t remember exactly when it happened.

Let’s get started with how to configure it…
Configure Windows 10 File History
To begin backing up your files, you’ll first need to set up File History and select a save location. You have two choices for the save location: External Drive or Network.
The external drive option has the advantage of coming along with you and providing backups anywhere, whereas the network drive option requires that you to be somewhere where the network share can be opened (i.e. on a network).
Configure Windows 10 File History: External USB Drive
Log in with an administrator account.
Plug a USB drive into your Surface (Something like this Kingston DataTraveler 101). If you do not have a drive plugged in, the rest of these steps will not work.
Search for “File History” and Select the File History (Control Panel) option.
Setup Windows 10 File History – File History Off
Select the Advanced Settings option on the left of the window and change the Keep Saved Versions setting to Until Space is Needed. If you don’t do this, the USB drive will fill up and interrupt the backups.
Setup Windows 10 File History – Advanced Settings
Tap Save changes to get back to the previous screen.
Next, tap the Select drive option (if it doesn’t find it automatically).
Setup Windows 10 File History – File History Target Select
Once you have the proper drive selected, tap Turn On – it may automatically do so when it finds your drive.
Setup Windows 10 File History – File History On
These changes will automatically start backing up your files to the USB drive, they will automatically make new backups every hour as long as the USB drive is attached. If you disconnect the USB drive, the File History backups will stop but they will resume when the USB drive is reattached.
TIP FROM TIM: If you have a docking station, plug your USB drive into it, that way each time you dock your Surface, your File History backups will run.
If you want to backup your files manually, go to the main File History window and tap Run Now with the backup USB drive plugged in.
Windows 10 File History For Surface – Run Now
If it is already performing a backup you will get a message indicating that File History is saving copies of your files.
Configure Windows 10 File History : Network Drive
In order to successfully setup File History backups on a network drive, you’ll need a second computer (or NAS) and the ability to create a network share. If you don’t have one or the other, you’ll want to use a USB drive (as described above).
Assuming you already have a network share mapped, tap on Select Drive when the File History window appears.
Setup Windows 10 File History – File History Target Select
Next, choose Add Network Location and browse to the network share you want to use as your backup target.
Using the network drive as the backup target has some advantages:
You don’t have to worry about losing the USB drive with your backups.
It will automatically perform backups when it can see the network drive.
The downside is that you need another computer on your network to serve-out the share.
Restore Using Windows 10 File History:
Knowing how to restore your files is just as important, if not more so, as backing them up. In this section, we’ll go over how to restore your files from a File History backup.
Log in with an administrator account.
Plug the USB drive with your backups into your Surface (if you used a network share as your backup location, make sure you can connect to it).
Search for “File History” and Select the File History (Control Panel) option. File History should be ON. If it’s not, you will not be able to recover files.
Setup Windows 10 File History – File History On
Choose Restore Personal Files from the left side of the window.
Select the files or folders you wish to restore. You can select the date to restore from by swiping left and right or by using the arrows at the bottom of the screen. You can also use the search box in the upper right of the window to find what you need.
Restore Using Windows 10 File History – File History Select
Select the files you want to restore then tap the Restore button (the big green one at the bottom of the window).
To restore your files or folders to a different location than the original, press and hold (or right-click) the Restore button, then select Restore To, and then choose a different location.
Windows 10 File History: Caveats
File History is powerful and easy to use but it has a couple of downsides you need to keep in mind:
You will need a USB drive connected to your Surface or an available network share to do the backups.
You need the backup drive/share available, to restore files.
If you run out of space on your backup drive or share, the system will automatically start deleting the oldest files to make space for the new backups. This is known as First-in/First-out (FIFO) and may leave some of your older files unprotected.
File history will not protect your installed applications or operating system.
These caveats aside, File History remains a powerful data protection tool that you should be using on your Surface to protect your files against loss or corruption.

10 tips for Windows 10, AsiaOne Digital News

10 tips for Windows 10

It is looking good for Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system (OS). Since its July 29 launch, there have been glowing reviews. The download numbers – between 25 million and 45 million users to date, according to analysts – are also impressive. It probably helps that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.

If you have upgraded, here are 10 must-know tips.


Officially, the Cortana personal assistant in Windows 10 is available in the US, Britain, China, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. But users here can enable it too, though location-based tasks will not show relevant results.

For instance, when I asked Cortana for movies playing nearby, it returned search results for US cinemas.

But Cortana works well enough for tasks such as setting reminders or playing music.

To enable Cortana, click on the Action Centre in the system tray and then All Settings. Under time and language, select region and language.

Change the country to one where Cortana is available, such as the US. Add a language and set it to default. You should now get Cortana in the search bar.


The new Edge browser in Windows 10 may still not be good enough to supplant Chrome and Firefox, but it is clean and fast. However, its default search engine is Bing. To change to a more popular search engine, click on the three dots at the right corner of the browser and select settings.

Scroll down and select advanced settings. Now, select your preferred search engine using the dropdown list under “Search in the address bar with”.

Don’t be alarmed if you do not see a choice of search engine options in this list. Just visit the search engine’s website to add it. For instance, to add Google, go to Google’s homepage. The option to add it will then be updated.


If you do not fancy having Edge or other apps as your default apps, you can change them in Settings >System >Default apps. You can also have a specific app open a certain file type or protocol.


You can pin specific settings to the Start menu. For instance, I like having Windows Update on the Start menu because I like my PC to be updated all the time. To do so, go to Action Centre >Settings and right-click on your desired setting to pin it.


Unlike older versions of Windows, you do not need a third-party app to save a document in the PDF format. It is a native feature in Windows 10. Open a file or Web page and you should find the option under its print menu.


Wi-Fi Sense is a new feature that connects to Wi-Fi hotspots automatically based on information shared by your contacts on social media or e-mail. If enabled, your PC will also share network information with your contacts.

I have disabled this feature because I am not comfortable sharing my network password with my contacts. If you want to do the same, go to Settings >Network and Internet >Wi-Fi >Manage Wi-Fi settings.


To guard your privacy, you might want to disable two Windows 10 settings. Go to Settings >Privacy >General and turn off the option to let apps use your advertising ID. I also recommend scrolling to “feedback and diagnostics” and turning off the options there.


A nifty new feature is the ability to scroll with the mouse wheel by positioning the mouse cursor over the inactive window. In older versions of Windows, you need to click on the window before you can scroll.

To enable this, go to Settings >Devices >Mouse and touchpad. Look for the option “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” and click on the toggle switch below.


The battery saver tool helps extend the battery life of devices like tablets and laptops by reducing the number of background processes and limiting push notifications.

To access this, go to Settings >System >Battery saver. By default, it is configured to kick in when the device’s battery level drops below 20 per cent. This can be tweaked in the settings. You can also let essential apps run in the background regardless of battery level.


The Windows 10 Xbox app is awesome, even if you do not have an Xbox console. Besides letting you chat with gamer friends, its built-in game-recording feature, Game DVR, can take screenshots and record gameplay videos. First, sign in to the Xbox app. The Game DVR settings are found at the bottom under the Xbox app settings.

A keyboard shortcut – Windows key + G – lets you open the recording controls quickly, though this bar will pop up only when you have a game or an app open. Nothing will happen if you use the short cut on the Windows desktop.

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How to test SMTP operations using Telnet

1. Telnet into Exchange server hosting IMS service using TCP port 25.
Command is telnet <servername> 25

2. Turn on local echo on your telnet client so that you can see what you are typing.
On Win 9x and NT 3.5/4.0 Telnet client this done by selecting the “preferences” from the “terminal” pull down menu, and checking the local echo radio button.  For Windows 2000 telnet client, issue command “set local_echo”, from the telnet command prompt.

3. Issue the following smtp command sequence

helo <your domain name><enter>                  
response should be as follows
250 OK

mail from: <your Email Address><enter>
response should be as follows
250 OK – mail from <your Email address>

rcpt to: <recipient address><enter>
response should be as follows
250 OK – Recipient <recipient address>

response should be as follows
354 Send data.  End with CRLF.CRLF

To: <recipient’s display name><enter>
From: <your display name><enter>
Subject: <Subject field of Email message><enter>
<Enter you body text><enter><enter> . <enter>

response should be as follows
250 OK