Windows 10: How to move Desktop out of OneDrive folder

Discus and support How to move Desktop out of OneDrive folder in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I don't want to use OneDrive (OD) with my W10 (2004) PC because I don't need to access files via other devices and I back up important files to an... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Kens, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. Kens Win User

    How to move Desktop out of OneDrive folder


    I don't want to use OneDrive (OD) with my W10 (2004) PC because I don't need to access files via other devices and I back up important files to an external hard drive. Also, I don't want to be beholden to Microsoft for monthly fees.

    Microsoft keeps sending me email messages saying I have exceeded the free storage capacity in my OD account and threatening to freeze it. I contacted MS support and asked if I simply deleted files out of the OD account, will that also delete them on the PC? He said it would. Seems rather bizarre, but he said something about "policy." Anyway, went on to day that, in order to prevent OD from messing with my data, I should "move" it from the OneDrive folder and save it to a different location. One of the OD folders is "Desktop." I have unlinked OD from my PC, but presume that doesn't resolve the above.

    How do I "move" my Desktop? And to where? The C: drive? Thanks much!

    :)
     
    Kens, Aug 1, 2020
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  2. TarAn_D Win User

    Move the OneDrive Folder

    Move the OneDrive Folder in Windows 10

    When you set up OneDrive to sync with your computer, a folder C:\Users\XXXX\OneDrive will be created to store the contents. XXXX denotes your username. To move this folder to another location follow these simple steps:

    1. Unlink OneDrive from your PC:

    • Go to the taskbar notification area
    • Right-click on the OneDrive icon
    • Select settings
    • Click: Unlink this PC
    2. Delete the C:\Users\XXXX\OneDrive folder

    3. Create a new folder (target folder) for OneDrive contents, e.g. D:\OneDrive

    4. Create Directory Junction for the new folder

    • In the search area of the taskbar type CMD and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter
    • In the command window type
    mklink /J C:\Users\XXXX\OneDrive D:\OneDrive

    adjusting it to your specific username and selection of the target folder

    5. Link again OneDrive to your PC using the OneDrive icon in the taskbar notification area
     
    TarAn_D, Aug 1, 2020
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  3. Onedrive move folder to document

    Hi Rendell,

    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

    I understand the inconvenience you are facing currently.

    I would appreciate if you can provide us the following information to help us understand the issue better.

    • What happens when you try to move the folder?
    • From when are you facing this issue?

    I suggest you to refer the article below and check if that helps.

    Move the OneDrive Folder

    Move the OneDrive Folder

    You can refer to the following work around. This will help you to choose the folders to sync on Onedrive.


    • Right click on OneDrive icon of
      System Tray
      .

    • Click on Settings, then click on
      choose folders
      tab.

    • Click on choose folders option, then click on sync only these folders.

    Hope the information helps. Please reply back with a status so that we can assist you further.
     
    Nachappa C K, Aug 1, 2020
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  4. How to move Desktop out of OneDrive folder

    Move the OneDrive Folder

    I want to move my OneDrive folder to a different hard drive. When I follow these steps (unlink the PC from OneDrive, move the folder and set up OneDrive again), I cannot select a different location than the C:\User folder that was previously used. It tells
    me that my administrator requires the OneDrive folder to go there. However, I am administrator of the computer, so I don't really understand what's going on. What should I do please?

    Thanks!
     
    JustineSieg, Aug 1, 2020
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