Onedrive is Driving Me Insane


@Dru2, I'm curious, what files do you have that OneDrive can't sync? I've maintained a synced 1TB cloud OneDrive for many years.
 

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A big thanks to all who replied, especially Glasskuter who linked those great tutorials that my search did not turn up.

I managed to get it settled with the tutorials and a little elbow grease. Plainly put, lots of fiddling and rebuilding of my desktop several times, but it works now!

Marking this as solved. Thanks again, everybody! :)
 

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    Win 11 Pro 23H2
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    Firefox
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    MalwareBytes
The only problem OneDrive has is people's FUD
No, at least not for me. I'm in no way afraid of it. There are reasons besides FUD Onedrive might not work for some. As I've said many times, not everyone is able to have fast, dependable internet. Speaking for myself, mine is down almost as much as it is up. We don't all have multiple provider options available with multiple plans. If we do, we have to settle for the slowest plan because faster speeds are too expensive. (One of the woes of both living in the sticks and being on a fixed income)

Also, I don't have a fondness for Onedrive. I don't like it. Googledrive is better since you can selectively sync folders. Do I have some things on Onedrive. Yes I do, but it's stuff I've chosen to put there.

What about cases where the user has more data than they have onedrive space... Which is often since 5 gb is not much when a little old grandmother has lots of photos of her grandchildren. (and no, I don't want to hear about the 100gb included with 365. The grandmother would never use 365)Should this grandmother have to buy more storage when she has a lot of unused storage on her own hard drive? Maybe she has unused cloud storage elsewhere she'd prefer using. Yet, she's not given a choice.

Most importantly, one's files belong to the user. One should be able to store them where he wants without having to jump through hoops to do it. I think most people's main objection is not FUD, but about choice. I've already jumped through my hoops, I knew how. But my new enlightenment about Home users no longer being given a choice since 22h2 is wrong any way you look at it. Most are novice users . They have no idea their files are no longer on their hard drive. What's more they have no idea how to get them there.

Just because some here are Onedrive fanboys does not make it right for everyone. It's easy for us to forget we are not mainstream users. Even if one is afflicted with FUD, he has as much right to fear or doubt the cloud as people here do to trust and embrace it.

Microsoft is just wrong. Another poster mentioned a lawsuit. Usually, I can see validity in most of what MS does, but not in this. I truly hope someone will sue MS and win. In fact, I hope there will be a class action suit and the settlement be HUGE.
 
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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    500w
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    Logitech wired
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    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
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    Dell Optiplex 9020
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    i7-4770
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    24 gb
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
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    500w
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    Dell factory
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    Logitech wireless
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    Logitech wired
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    still not telling
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
I was wrong. I haven't set up a new system since 22H2 was released and was unaware that OOBE for 22h2 has eliminated the option of save files to this PC if one has Home. It is still there with Pro. Please accept my apologies.
No apology needed. I rarely do clean installs and have to admit that I based my post by reading what other users have experienced.
 

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    Windows 11 Canary Channel
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    PowerSpec B746
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    Intel Core i7-10700K
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
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    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
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    Realtek Audio
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    1920 x 1080
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    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
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    750 Watts (62.5A)
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    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
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    Logitech K270
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    Logitech M185
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    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
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    ESET Internet Security
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    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
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    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
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    16 MB DDR 4-2666
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    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
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    1920x1080
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    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
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    Logitek M185
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    Logitek K270
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    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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    Windows 11 Canary Channel
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    Intel Core i7-10700K
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    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
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    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
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    Realtek Audio
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    1920 x 1080
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    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
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    750 Watts (62.5A)
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    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
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    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
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    ESET Internet Security
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    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
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    Logitek K270
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    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
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Tell me one good reason why the default couldn't be set for local
There's not one, except MS taking choices away. Like I replied to Dru2, we here can figure out ways to overcome most things, but the mainstream user is at their mercy.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    2560x1440
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    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
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    500w
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    Dell Premium
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    Logitech wired
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
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    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
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    500w
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    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
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    Logitech wired
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    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
I'm not into using cloud storage but, I knew I had some somewhere.
I looked it up through my mobile Office Suite and somehow I got 20GB free..., good enough for me.
I'll access it via a browser so it won't drive me nuts!
(I get frustrated with OneDrive's convoluted integration)

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    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
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    ASUS ROG Strix
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    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
Because I made a local account while installing Win 11 Pro on my TPM1 platform turning off this annoying Windoze program wasn't too hard. I know it can be a good deal tougher to remove on other installations. They certainly do know how to detect your Microsoft account via email however! If you don't have a local account I highly recommend doing what our colleague, Glaskuter, suggests here:

The biggest travesty in all this is the simple lack of it being a straightforward process to create a local account during setup so users are not aware that it can be done in order to bypass all the OneDrive crap. Therefore, it seems to me the easiest and best solution for the folks in this situation is:​


1. copy any personal files to an external drive
2. create a new local account with administrative privileges
3. log out of MS account
4. login to newly created account
5. copy the data from external drive into new local account
6. From new account stop Onedrive from autostarting or uninstall onedrive
6. Delete the MS account.​
 

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    WIN 11, WIN 10, WIN 8.1, WIN 7 U, WIN 7 PRO, WIN 7 HOME (32 Bit), LINUX MINT
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    DIY, ASUS, and DELL
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    Intel i7 6900K (octocore) / AMD 3800X (8 core)
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    ASUS X99E-WS USB 3.1
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    128 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM (B DIE)
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    single Samsung 30" 4K and 8" aux monitor
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    A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W

    Ports X, Y, and Z are reserved for USB access and removable drives.

    Drive types consist of the following: Various mechanical hard drives bearing the brand names, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital. Various NVMe drives bearing the brand names Kingston, Intel, Silicon Power, Crucial, Western Digital, and Team Group. Various SATA SSDs bearing various different brand names.

    RAID arrays included:

    LSI RAID 10 (WD Velociraptors) 1115.72 GB
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    INTEL RAID 0 (KINGSTON HYPER X) System 447.14 GB
    INTEL RAID 1 TOSHIBA ENTERPRIZE class Data 2794.52 GB
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    SEVERAL. I prefer my Corsair Platinum HX1000i but I also like EVGA power supplies
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    all kinds.
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    all kinds
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    FIREFOX
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    KASPERSKY (no apologies)
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    I own too many laptops: A Dell touch screen with Windows 11 and 6 others (not counting the other four laptops I bought for this household.) Being a PC builder I own many desktop PCs as well. I am a father of five providing PCs, laptops, and tablets for all my family, most of which I have modified, rebuilt, or simply built from scratch. I do not own a cell phone, never have, never will.
I just tried this on a VM and it works for both Home and Pro versions of Windows 11. By running the OOBE\BYPASSNRO from the command prompt during setup, it will show the I don't have internet link to clink on. Then you can enter a local account. After install is finished, you can connect to the internet to finish. I deleted OneDrive from Installed Apps before connecting to the internet and so far, no OneDrive.

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Personal Build
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    Ryzen 7 3700x
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VI AMD X370
    Memory
    32 GB
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    NVIDA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
    Sound Card
    On board
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    (2) AOC E2752Vh 27-inch
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    1920 x 1080
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    SSD M.2 and SATA
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    Air cooling
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    Logitech K800 Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech M705 Wireless
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps Download | 10 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Firefox Beta
    Antivirus
    Windows Security???
    Other Info
    Microsoft 365 Family
    Macrium Reflect (Paid)
    eM Client
    Adobe Acrobat DC (Subscription)
And a small, but ongoing aggravation. MS supplies the path to the local OneDrive folder as a default save location when a new software application installs and creates its own folders. Even though I've disabled OneDrive, every new program saves files to the local OneDrive folder until I change it. It's easy enough for the actual data files, but a lot of programs save settings, templates, that sort of thing there and they are harder to redirect.
Does the aggravation still happen if you uninstall OneDrive?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
(I get frustrated with OneDrive's convoluted integration)
Yeah, you don't want to figure out, in the middle of a busy workday, what file goes where (local or cloud) that was one of my major, major frustrations (n)
 

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    Windows 10 Pro
@Dru2, I'm curious, what files do you have that OneDrive can't sync? I've maintained a synced 1TB cloud OneDrive for many years.
I'd had a folder there with files that are actually online (OneDrive) instead of local to the PC. Those files won't sync, because OneDrive does not sync junctions as explained in the notice. Here's what I mean, these are files I have in a music folder, but they are actually links to the files in the OncDrive folder online. If I click on a link, it will download the folder to the PC, as shown in the red box. The items still online have no green check mark as seen in the green box. The purpose here is to save space locally by having the files online and downloading as needed.

What OneDrive is saying is it can't backup those links. I'll have to download them or remove them. Once I remove them OneDrive will then backup that folder if needed.

Items local and online.jpg

@glasskuter, You've made it very clear many a time you've no fondness for OneDrive so there's no need debating this with you. That said, I'm keenly aware there are always exceptions to the rule, and why one will never be able to account for every "what if" in the universe.

Understanding that, I still stand by my statement. That's also partly based on yours and many posts seen on this site, with some of the usual answers to OneDrive is.... it sucks. I don't use it. Get rid of it. Again, understanding there are exceptions ;-)

Peace :cool:
 
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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3296)
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    Custom built
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    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
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    Logitech Craft
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
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    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
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    System used for gaming, photography, music, school.
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    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700K
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    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
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    AMD Radeon R9 Fury
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    Onboard (Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi)
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    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
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    1920 x 1200
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    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
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    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
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    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
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    Corsair H100i
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    Logitech MX Master
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    Logitech MK 710
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    100MB
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    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    This is my backup system.
Does the aggravation still happen if you uninstall OneDrive?
Good question. I held off uninstalling OneDrive, waiting to see if Google Drive worked well and fit my needs. Now that I've learned more about Google Drive, I'm happy with it. I'll probably uninstall OneDrive when I have time to read through all the details about doing that.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
If anyone knows about CSIDL (where it is, how to change it), I'd love to hear from you. See this thread, particularly post #9, about my continuing experience with newly installed programs wanting to save to OneDrive even though it is now disabled per Brink's tutorial.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G10
    CPU
    i5-1240p
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Whatever comes in it
    Sound Card
    Whatever comes in it
    Monitor(s) Displays
    No external monitor. Yet.
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Internal 512 GB SSD
    Desktop 6 TB, 1 TB, 225 GB, all HDDs
    Portable 4TB SSD, 2TB HDD
    A whole army of USB flash memory sticks
    Mouse
    Logitech M317
    Internet Speed
    500 mbps Fiber
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    CalDigit TS4 dock for all my USB stuff, speakers, and connect to Android phone
    HP MFP M277dw laser printer/scanner
If anyone knows about CSIDL (where it is, how to change it), I'd love to hear from you. See this thread, particularly post #9, about my continuing experience with newly installed programs wanting to save to OneDrive even though it is now disabled per Brink's tutorial.
Disabling/Removing OneDrive doesn't stop other (Microsoft) programs from trying to access it. It's the settings in the (individual) programs that also have to be changed.
 

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    Windows 11 22H2 (latest update ... forever anal)
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Slim S01
    CPU
    Intel i5-12400
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
    Sound Card
    OOBE
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 32"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    512GB KIOXIA NVMe
    1TB SATA SSD
    PSU
    OOBE
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    OOBE
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    OOBE
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    BT
    Mouse
    BT
    Browser
    Brave FFox Chrome Opera
    Antivirus
    KIS
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    Windows 11 Pro (latest upadte ... anally always)
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavillion 15
    CPU
    i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Hard Drives
    Samsung NVMe 512GB
    + numerous/multiple SSD Type C USB enclosures
    Internet Speed
    NBN FTTN 50
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    KIS
If anyone knows about CSIDL (where it is, how to change it), I'd love to hear from you. See this thread, particularly post #9, about my continuing experience with newly installed programs wanting to save to OneDrive even though it is now disabled per Brink's tutorial.
Disabling/Removing OneDrive doesn't stop other (Microsoft) programs from trying to access it. It's the settings in the (individual) programs that also have to be changed.
Even Microsoft programs can't access OneDrive if it's been "disabled/removed" so what "individual programs" are you talking about?

That said, if for example you remove OneDrive and then install Office 365, then I suppose OneDrive will get reinstalled since it's part of Office.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3296)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
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That said, if for example you remove OneDrive and then install Office 365, then I suppose OneDrive will get reinstalled since it's part of Office.

That's an interesting thought.

Did a clean install not long ago. In OneDrive settings stopped it syncing and stopped it starting with Windows then exited it. Ran Geek Uninstaller and removed pre-installed programs and Microsoft Store Apps, including OneDrive, which were unwanted, then rebooted. Although 'Everything' shows a multitude instance of OneDrive one of them is OneDrive Setup.exe, so I think you're right that it will be set-up again.

As I'm no longer bugged by OneDrive I'm leaving well alone as is.

I do like the free Microsoft 365 App from the Store, though, as it allows me to do what I want with my 5GB allowance online totally separate from the PC.



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As I'm no longer bugged by OneDrive I'm leaving well alone as is.

I do like the free Microsoft 365 App from the Store, though, as it allows me to do what I want with my 5GB allowance online totally separate from the PC.

I find OneDrive extremely convenient, especially when working with multiple PCs. Example when working on my backup PC, I can simply drop a file in its OneDrive folder and access it from my main desktop.

When I was going to school, I could work on a project from my laptop, drop the files in its OneDrive folder and access them from my desktop without ever touching the laptop. Even more beautiful, is the app available to android devices so there's access there. For me, I find OneDrive so valuable that it's my top must have app.

BTW this is also coming from one who initially had "cloud" reservations back when OneDrive was formally known as SkyDrive. Once I started playing with the app and saw what it could do, I quickly got over my reservations and never looked back.

That's me.
 

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Did a clean install not long ago. In OneDrive settings stopped it syncing and stopped it starting with Windows then exited it. Ran Geek Uninstaller and removed pre-installed programs and Microsoft Store Apps, including OneDrive, which were unwanted, then rebooted. Although 'Everything' shows a multitude instance of OneDrive one of them is OneDrive Setup.exe, so I think you're right that it will be set-up again.
That sounds a bit alarming to me. It looks like the Windows file and folder structure includes the OneDrive file and folder structure by default, even if the OneDrive app is uninstalled after every unintended installation.

That means that every app (MS apps and third party apps) will work with THAT default (i.e. OneDrive file and folder structure included by default)

If you want something else (not everyone wants to have everything in the cloud) then you have to 'personalize' which is not catastrophic, but it IS (or would be) an added inconvenience.

Edit: Relevant to Fabler2's post #37 quoted above is Edwin's post #6 quoted below showing multiple OneDrive executables and a SilentConfig file :eek1:

I noticed on the last few Builds, Task Manager Startup items has a whole whack of OneDrive Silent Setup stuff...

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Although 'Everything' shows a multitude instance of OneDrive one of them is OneDrive Setup.exe, so I think you're right that it will be set-up again.

That's just an installation "stub" file, a link to the full installation files that are still stored on the 'net. Not uncommon when downloading any program only to have the "stub" file downloded, not the full program.

Delete it.
 

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