Why does Windows 11 now put Desktop on OneDrive?


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On my Windows 10 PC, Desktop is where it's been since Vista, which is C:\Users\MY_USERNAME\Desktop. However on my Windows 11 computer, I just discovered it doesn't have it that location. Instead it has it in C:\Users\MY_USERNAME\OneDrive\Desktop. Of course, the OneDrive folder isn't a real folder on my harddrive, but rather a virtual folder that links to a Microsoft server, where my Desktop files are actually stored. To me, this is unacceptable. I want to know that files on my Desktop are really on my computer, and not floating in the "cloud" (in other words, on someone else's computer that I don't control). I want all my files on my own physical computer, for security reasons. I do not want files on my Desktop on another computer that I don't have physical control of, because that means someone else has control of my files.

Even worse, is that this is the DEFAULT on Windows 11, because I know I certainly NEVER configured my Desktop like this, nor would I ever have. Unfortunately, I also don't know how to set the Desktop folder to be a local folder like it was in pre-11 versions of Windows. Is this even possible in Windows 11? Or does Microsoft now just force everyone to have their Desktop folder on OneDrive, with no settings to change this?
 

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Hello Ben, and welcome. :-)

Double check your OneDrive backup settings below to make sure your Desktop folder is turned off for this.

You'll still need to manually copy your files back from OneDrive to your Desktop.

 

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During OOBE setup you missed the option that said "Only save files to this PC" Therefore the location of user folders is set to Onedrive by default.
If you want to change the location of your user folders back to C:\Users\yourusername, detailed instructions are in this thread, second page, post 14
 

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During OOBE setup you missed the option that said "Only save files to this PC" Therefore the location of user folders is set to Onedrive by default.
If you want to change the location of your user folders back to C:\Users\yourusername, detailed instructions are in this thread, second page, post 14
It wasn't OOBE (out of box). The computer came with Win 11 pre installed. I didn't buy a retail copy of Win 11 and then open the box and then insert the DVD to install it. It was already installed on the computer I bought. And yes it's a new computer. Not pre-owned. It must be an OEM version of Win 11.
 

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tl;dr version...

This is the digital equivalent of the class "bully" confronting you in the hallway, and taking your lunch money.

Not only is MS trying for complete control of our computers, but they are also making it possible to destroy all records (proof), that this complete control exists. It's actually quite clever, although evil.

Happy Halloween ~MS


At least we now know the "Wicked Witch of the West's" true identity. :scream:

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During OOBE setup you missed the option that said "Only save files to this PC" Therefore the location of user folders is set to Onedrive by default.
If you want to change the location of your user folders back to C:\Users\yourusername, detailed instructions are in this thread, second page, post 14
I missed this too. Where does this appear and what is OOBE?
 

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@Sammy888 It appears both on a new computer during the user account setup as well as user account setup during a clean install.
OOBE means out-of-box-experience
Screenshot 2022-10-29 235306.jpg
 

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You will still be able to access files offline even though it says OneDrive.
 

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