Windows 8 File History adding UTC timestamp

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  • Hello,

    I have been using Window 8 Pro's "File History" feature for the past couple of months.  However, I recently had to start over due to a Bitlocker Issue.  I set everything the same as last time.  Yet, when I navigate into File History's directory on the external drive (e.g., J:\FileHistory\user\Data\....) I see that Windows is now adding a UTC timestamp on all the files, such as "familyvacation(2013_02_23 20_47_36 UTC).mov".

    My question is whether there is any way to remove the automatic addition of this time stamp information to the file name?  I don't recall this being present on the initial FileHistory backup I initially did. 

    Any and all help is of course greatly appreciated. 

    All the best,

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:09 PM

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  • FWIW this time stamp is on all my File History files, and has been since Day 1.
    Sunday, February 24, 2013 8:12 AM
  • I have been able to remove the UTC timestamp. This is how I did it.

    After going round and round in circles, phoning Microsoft and searching the web, I still came up with no answers on how to remove the UTC time stamp.

    What happened with me was that I installed windows 10 over 32 bit windows 7 home premium.  The newly installed windows 10 didn't respond well and so I took the decision to do a clean install of windows 10 and at the same time change from 32 bit to 64 bit.  After making a backup I then installed (clean install through custom setup) windows 10 64 bit and I have to say it is fast and responsive with no glitches.

    I then decided to restore from my file history backup but no matter how I tried it would not accept it. However I could see my files, (thousands of them) but they all had the  long  UTC time stamp in brackets.  On manually moving these files over to my directory folders the UTC time stamp was still there. With no help from other sources I changed my search to apps that could modify file names.  I came across the open source "Bulk Renaming Utility" the link is

    This is how it worked for me: Load up the "Bulk Renaming Utility and in the "Remove 5" box" tick R. In "Words box" enter the time code information with brackets that you can copy and paste from one of the file history files (it is the same for all of the files for that particular file history backup) In "Crop" enter with the drop down .. AFTER. Tick "Trim" (this will remove any gaps). Untick Add, Auto date Numbering.


    Then select (Crtl A) as many files as you can and press "Rename" or Ctrl R.  You should see all your selected files back to normal with the UTC time stamp removed.  Repeat this for files in all folders.

    Regards, Martin

    Friday, August 28, 2015 1:18 PM