Windows 10: OneDrive: Can't stop syncing folders - how to stop pointing essential folders to OneDrive

Discus and support OneDrive: Can't stop syncing folders - how to stop pointing essential folders to OneDrive in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; Must have done a mistake while setting up my new PC, because Desktop, Documents and Pictures got linked to OneDrive rather than being local to the PC... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/koppe74, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. OneDrive: Can't stop syncing folders - how to stop pointing essential folders to OneDrive


    Must have done a mistake while setting up my new PC, because Desktop, Documents and Pictures got linked to OneDrive rather than being local to the PC (all marked with little cloud).

    Tried unchecking the folders to stop syncing them, but got a message that I couldn't stop syncing because it was an "essential windows folder" and was "currently pointing to OneDrive"...

    So how can I make it stop pointing, so I can unsync it? And how can I recreate the folders locally (if it doesn't happen automatically)?

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    /u/koppe74, Jan 14, 2021
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  2. Windows 10 - OneDrive

    Right click on the app and one of the properties has an option to not automatically start it. Uncheck, restart the computer, and it should stop. If you want to go another step further, find the OneDrive app in the start menu, right click on it and uninstall.

    If that is still insufficient, there is a batch uninstaller for OneDrive available online. I can copy the code here if you need it.
     
    FordGT90Concept, Jan 14, 2021
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  3. CraigLong Win User
    Not Syncing Folders with OneDrive

    There is no way to selectively sync folders (meaning "selectively backup folders to OneDrive"). It's either sync all folders or no folders.

    If you uncheck a folder it will disappear from your device. When you check folders you are selecting which online OneDrive folders you want synced to your device. That's what "sync" means in OneDrive. What you have experienced
    is the way it works.

    So I stopped Backup for Desktop. This in turn made all other files on the Desktop disappear... at this point I came here and decided to simply ask.

    Stopping the Backup (at OneDrive settings > Backup tab >
    Manage backup) of your Desktop should not make the desktop folders disappear. Perhaps you are still backing up these folders to OneDrive and you unchecked these desktop folders?
     
    CraigLong, Jan 14, 2021
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  4. DaveM121 Win User

    OneDrive: Can't stop syncing folders - how to stop pointing essential folders to OneDrive

    How can I stop a folder from being pushed to OneDrive

    Hi 3201Hunter

    If your Documents folder is being Synced to OneDrive, your only option to stop that sub-folder from being synced to OneDrive is to move that sub-folder out of your Documents folder to another location, so it is not included in the sync list . . .
     
    DaveM121, Jan 14, 2021
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