Windows 10: Onedrive watching over multiple computers

Discus and support Onedrive watching over multiple computers in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Over the years I have tried and tried and used and used Onedrive for my home computers all using Windows 10. I have 4 computers that I want all to... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by TooTechnical, Aug 2, 2020 at 7:28 AM.

  1. Onedrive watching over multiple computers


    Over the years I have tried and tried and used and used Onedrive for my home computers all using Windows 10.


    I have 4 computers that I want all to access Onedrive for the latest files. Perhaps I don't fully understand the functionality of this service. Every time I try using this I think I'm losing my mind. At one point I'll have all my files and folders perfect on one computer of which I then back up to an external drive and then another external backup yes, I learned too many times...


    I'll then go ahead and turn on Onedrive and carefully watch to ensure everything uploads and syncs correctly to the cloud - YES - Success! Just the way it should be..


    Okay - so now on to the next computer. I turn on Onedrive and Success yet again, my files all updated beautifully to the local computer.


    But then I'll go to another computer. Feeling rather sure of myself, I'll walk away and actually do the things computers were created for, ALLOWING THEIR MASTERS TO DO OTHER THINGS! I'll come back a few hours later to my first computer and I'll be scratching my head swearing I had that file. I'll then look at my second computer and then the cloud and then come to realize, ONEDRIVE took the files from the last computer and overwrote all the others - WTH!!! Thank GOD I had those backups!!


    So what the heck am I doing wrong? I thought syncing meant it took the latest files not the oldest files?? Not only did it overwrite newer files but it also deleted new folders as well as new files! I can't find any settings anywhere to specifically tell it not to overwrite under certain conditions such as in back up software programs.


    I would really like to use this service and was even thinking about going to the business package. However, so many complaints from all users, only leaves me to believe perhaps perhaps MS didn't quite get this thought through all the way. Once again I find myself fighting technology instead of using it seeing why so many people turn to alternative solutions.

    :)
     
    TooTechnical, Aug 2, 2020 at 7:28 AM
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  2. OneDrive Storage Over Multiple Computers

    Issue:

    • I have multiple computers running Windows 10
    • Each computer is linked to same Microsoft account
    • I have Office365 with 1TB of storage.
    • On each computer I save files to OneDrive
    BUT

    • Not all files on OneDrive are visible to all my computers, nor are they all visible on the OneDrive website.
    • Example: A directory called Fiction is visible on OneDrive from computer A, but that directory cannot be seen on any other computer, nor on onedrive.live.com.
    Question:

    • How can I make all files on OneDrive visible to share with all computers registered to the same Microsoft account?
     
    southwestcoyote, Aug 2, 2020 at 7:32 AM
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  3. 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, Aug 2, 2020 at 7:32 AM
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  4. pparks1 Win User

    Onedrive watching over multiple computers

    OneDrive - Another over complicated product from Microsoft?

    I recreated what I think you wanted on a virtual machine, in a very straightforward way. Here are my steps.

    Step 1: Launch OneDrive for the first time. Click on the option at bottom to change the default location for my OneDrive to a second hard drive on my system. (if you already have oneDrive setup, go to settings and choose Unlink account to get back to this point).


    Onedrive watching over multiple computers [​IMG]


    Step #2. Create a OneDrive folder on my E:\ drive, and select it.
    Onedrive watching over multiple computers [​IMG]


    Step #3. Go into newly created E:\OneDrive and create folders for Desktop, Documents and Pictures.

    Onedrive watching over multiple computers [​IMG]

    Step #4. Go to C:\users\user\{Desktop,Documents,Pictuers} and move them to your new E:\OneDrive\{Desktop,Documents,Pictuers}

    Onedrive watching over multiple computers [​IMG]


    Step #5. Run a test, using Quick access area, create a test file on the desktop folder.


    Onedrive watching over multiple computers [​IMG]


    Step #6. Now, go to E:\OneDrive\Desktop and verify that the file is really there

    Onedrive watching over multiple computers [​IMG]


    Step #7. Ensure the right folders are checked to Sync

    Onedrive watching over multiple computers [​IMG]


    Step #8. Optionally untick the Files on Demand feature to make 100% sure that the files are actually stored on your hard drive.

    Onedrive watching over multiple computers [​IMG]



    Seems pretty easy to me.
     
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