Windows 10: Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10

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  1. Fafhrd Win User

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10

    How to: Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10

    How to Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Information OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive from any PC, tablet, or phone.

    Once you chosen files and folders with your PC.

    Files you save to OneDrive are available online at and offline on your PC. That means you can use them anytime, even when you're not connected to the Internet. When you reconnect, OneDrive updates the online versions with changes you made offline.

    Offline files come in handy when you're stuck without an Internet connection, but they also take up space on your PC. If you're running low on storage space, you can choose OneDrive folders to sync.

    If OneDrive sync seems to be stuck for a long time and nothing else is working, try a reset. Be aware that resetting OneDrive re-syncs all your OneDrive files, which could take some time depending on how many files you’re syncing.

    This tutorial will show you how to reset OneDrive sync for your account in Windows 10.

    Here's How:

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, enter the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK.
    *Arrow %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset
    2. The OneDrive icon in the notification area of the taskbar should now disappear. (see screenshots below)

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. The OneDrive icon should automatically re-appear after a minute or two, and start re-syncing all your OneDrive files. (see screenshot below)

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Note You might need to click the Show hidden icons
    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    arrow next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon.

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    If the OneDrive icon doesn’t re-appear after a few minutes, open Run (Win+R) again, enter %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe, and click/tap on OK.

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    That's it,

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    Fafhrd, Sep 1, 2017

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    Please write to us with the following detail.

    Are you able to see your data on your OneDrive account online?

    I suggest you to you to follow the steps given below for Windows 10 and check if it help you.

    Fix OneDrive sync problems with Windows 10, Windows 7, or Windows Vista

    Fix OneDrive sync problems

    If the issue still persists I suggest you to reset OneDrive and check if it helps you. You can follow the steps given below to reset OneDrive.

    1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run

    2. In the Run
    Window enter the following: %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

    3. Click OK. The OneDrive system tray icon on the desktop should disappear and re-appear after a minute or two.

    4. If the OneDrive system tray icon does not re-appear after a few minutes, do the following. In the Run Window Enter:


    After reset it done, right click on OneDrive icon present on the System Tray and click on Settings, then click on Chose Folder and make sure that all the folder which you want to sync must be checked.

    Let us know if you need more help from us.
    PranavMishra5582, Sep 1, 2017
  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10

    Hello Chris, *Smile

    If you have build 16215 or later installed, you will be able to tell which files are "online-only", "locally available", or "always keep on this device". The info at the top of the tutorial below will give more about this.

    Turn On or Off OneDrive Files On-Demand in Windows 10 Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials

    Otherwise, you could go back to choose which folders to sync with OneDrive, and remove the ones you don't want. To be safe, I would copy the files to another location until you are sure they are still on your online OneDrive instead of PC.

    Choose Folders for OneDrive Selective Sync in Windows 10 Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
    Brink, Sep 1, 2017
  5. Fafhrd Win User
    Well, Shawn, I found myself going around in circles. Nothing seemed to stick on the insider machine Build version 16257, so I eventually turned off OneDrive, uninstalled the 2 OneDrive apps on *Start and then tried to delete all the files in the OneDrive folder in my User folder that were taking up ~10GB of disk space, but something was preventing this:

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    After attending to deleting the folders and files that could be removed I was left with one file, an internet shortcut to OneNote Online:

    Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    I removed inheritance and changed permissions on the file so I am the single owner, but I still cannot delete the file, and thus the /OneDrive/Documents folder remains.

    Settings/Storage still seems to think that OneDrive is still full, although File Explorer reports the expected free space on the drive. Signing out and on again fixed Settings/Storage, but not the indelible file.

    Any ideas how the corrupted metadata can be purged?
    Fafhrd, Sep 5, 2017
  6. cereberus Win User
    1) try deleting folder from safe mode

    2) try deleting it from a winpe session (macrium reflect boot drive is good for this)

    3) try deleting it from a live linux drive

    If you have files on demand set, I found it was easier to tell from a command line if files are only on cloud or on pc and cloud.

    Where size is in brackets, file is only in cloud - see extract below

    Also, as an aside, rather than copying files to a onedrive sub-folder, a neat trick is to use junction links e.g.

    mklink /j c:\onedrive\yourname\onedrive\pics c:\users\mw\pictures

    This sets up a dummy folder called pics in onedrive but actually points to pictures folder. Then if you add a file to pictures, it is synced to cloud automatically. This saves hassle of having to copy files from pictures to a real onedrive folder.


    C:\WINDOWS\system32>dir c:\users\mw\onedrive\assets
    Volume in drive C is 10 Pro
    Volume Serial Number is 8BB5-2CD0

    Directory of c:\users\mw\onedrive\assets

    02/09/2017 07:21 <DIR> .
    02/09/2017 07:21 <DIR> ..
    30/03/2017 17:06 (4,317) autounattend.xml
    01/04/2017 12:24 (1,236) MWtheme.deskthemepack
    30/03/2017 18:06 16,198 oemlogo.bmp
    02/09/2017 07:21 <DIR> Pictures
    09/04/2017 09:23 (50,185)
    30/03/2017 18:02 (79) runonce.bat
    26/08/2017 10:59 1,445,662 Screen_2017_08_26_10_58_54.wmv
    30/03/2017 18:18 (2,484) unattend.xml
    7 File(s) 1,520,161 bytes
    3 Dir(s) 195,220,467,712 bytes free
    cereberus, Apr 4, 2018

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