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Why do I need OneDrive?

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    Why do I need OneDrive?


    I have just a pc.
    Why do I need OneDrive?

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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    To store your roaming profile for your user account.
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    It can be nice for recovery if you ever need to reinstall but it's not needed. I don't use it at all as I use only a local logon.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I use it for Pictures and unimportant Documents such as batch files, portable pc repair programs, Windows repair information., toshare between my different OS versions(Win 7, 8.1, 10TP) and when I go to someone's house to repair their system, I can logon in IE and drag and drop download these files on their PC. Basically I use it as a roaming PC toolbox.
    Last edited by Cliff S; 08 Mar 2015 at 10:05. Reason: corrected method of delivery
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    I don't need it. Nor do I need or want an MS account. Anything I want to save goes on a DVD or external HDD. And I have no other devices to sync to.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by cocoda View Post
    I have just a pc.
    Why do I need OneDrive?
    Needing is up to you, but you could keep all your files and photos in your online OneDrive (aka: cloud), and access and share them from any phone, tablet, and computer.

    https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/

    If you don't need or want OneDrive in Windows 8.1, then you could disable OneDrive integration to be rid of it.

    OneDrive Integration in Windows 8.1 - Enable or Disable
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    I had no idea what a "roaming profile" was, but subsequent answers made it clear and were very useful, so I think I'll use it. Thanks for all you replies.
    All I have to now is find out how to use it!
    Thanks again!
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    Glad we could help.

    If you like, look under OneDrive in our tutorial index below for more on how to use it.

    Windows 8 - Tutorial Index
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    St. Augustine
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    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by md2lgyk View Post
    I don't need it. Nor do I need or want an MS account. Anything I want to save goes on a DVD or external HDD. And I have no other devices to sync to.
    I had much the same thoughts when I set up my new desktop just over a year ago. {1st new PC in 10 years) Did I need it? NO
    Did I want it? Not NECESSARILY

    But! After getting a better understanding of it's functionality, Can It Be Useful? ABSOLUTELY!

    If nothing else it's great for photo sharing. I have since discontinued my PhotoBucket Subscription

    And when I set up my new laptop a couple of months ago, having a MS Account with sync enabled made the initial setup a snap. It reduced my initial setup time to almost nothing.

    Everyone is pushing their own Cloud Storage these days but I have a greater degree of trust with MS than I would with most others. Whether that is based on sound logic or not I don't know. I still would not store anything highly personal, private or anything financially related on anyone's Cloud Storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gator2013 View Post
    Everyone is pushing their own Cloud Storage these days but I have a greater degree of trust with MS than I would with most others. Whether that is based on sound logic or not I don't know. I still would not store anything highly personal, private or anything financially related on anyone's Cloud Storage.
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