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Skydrive Sync HOST constantly ACTIVE, won't turn OFF

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    Skydrive Sync HOST constantly ACTIVE, won't turn OFF


    I made the UNFORTUNATE mistake of selecting to "sync" my skydrive. Decided I don't need to sync my files across devices or even for sharing on my home PC. Then I noticed this little cloud appears in my task bar. Upon further investigation I found skydrive is open [or active] somehow. I didn't understand this cause I wasn't using it & it's also CONTINUALLY updating, then one time it was downloading. I was thoroughly confused, downloading what. I guess it's updating my image files that are hosted on the cloud server. Well, I didn't want this; finding it rather vexing I went exploring for solutions on how to disable it. Ending the process in task manager was one method...but sometimes it would intermittently re-activate, like a veritable ghost in the machine. I'd "end task", again. It kept coming back. Well, I was getting next to furious so I went looking for other solutions. I found information which told me to go into the skydrive task manager & disable the sync. It seemed easy enough, I did this; it's a slide bar. I click 'slid' it over to off. Figured, problem solved. NO! This darn skydrive sync engine host keeps coming on & turning up in the task manager & on my task bar...there is another solution on disabling it in the task scheduler functions...something to do with system idle maintenance which is bundled within the Windows automatic maintenance functions. Again, such a vexing & PERPLEXING matter. I opened up the windows maintainence functions & the system idle thing has been removed but then there's this other associated task that there's no option to disable or delete it...the skydrive app or sync engine host does not appear anywhere in the list of scheduled functions executed, both past or present. Yet there it is continually in my task manager & on my task bar like this annoying little BUG. I even uninstalled the skydrive software download available from the microsoft site...I cannot find the file for the skydrive app in my system. The software download is unrelated to the sync engine host which is part of the Skydrive App (now called ONE DRIVE)...so uninstalling this software download & running a cleaner to remove registry values & configurations did nothing to eliminate the sync engine host.

    It's worse than a parasite...how do I get rid of it?


    As a last resort, I tried running system restore. I'm so upset my computer is brand new & all these hassles. I've only run the system restore once. It worked properly...now when I launch the system restore, it sits there initializing til infinity. I waited probably 15 minutes, last night, while the system restore was initializing. I can't escape, control alt delete, get out of it. Nothing was happening. The dotted circle kept spinning & nothing was happening. I had to turn the main power off to shut down my computer. Then it tells me that system restore did not complete, was terminated before it could finish. I've never had system restore (even on my 20 year old computer) take that long to initialize or fail to complete the sequence. I want to know if the system restore is messed up...it's like all this began after that stupid skydrive sync host. I don't know if it bugged my computer or what. I find these app's tend to do that, cause system malfunctions in places you wouldn't expect.

    I need DOUBLE help. Plz.

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    It seems like the directions to turn off all syncing functions would be working for this. The following link shows you how to do this.

    How to Turn Off SkyDrive Syncing in Windows 8.1
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    It is the nature of the beast now. If you are running Windows 8.x, and are using a Microsoft Live account to log in. Skydrive has to remain active at all times. Otherwise you run into issues.
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    Thanks for the info.. very appreciative Chevy 65. Ironically I did find this exact website in a google search prior to posting this thread. I had performed the function & figured the Skydrive sync hadn't turned off [malfunctioning?] because this little cloud icon now appears permanently in my task bar on my desktop. Broe23 has no confirmed 'the nature of the beast' is that I'm PERMA-STUCK with this little cloud & the constant file updating!

    I find that a little 'weird'. Why are my files (on Skydrive) being constantly updated when I have turned off the sync? I don't want stuff on my computer being hosted to the drive. I really don't like the app based function...it's a mess. Before I even got my new computer I just used skydrive through my hotmail account. I didn't have any difficulty or confusion with using the darn thing...& selecting viewer permissions or sharing was straight forward & simple! With the app-based skydrive (now One Drive) these functions are "hidden"; so hard to find. I had to search around endlessly trying to figure out if it was sharing & then...I don't even know how to put it to concise words cause I fiddle faddled all over & was going to give up. I didn't even know if the recipient was getting my stuff. I couldn't even organize anything into a folder [it wouldn't let me do that, or show me the feature] I tried to drag & drop the files...that didn't work. I found I could share individual images but that was a BUTT pain cause I had 111 files. I wanted everything together in one. Eventually I found the "sharing" by accident & the associated permission so it's not public [for select eyes only]. A monstrous time navigating the skydrive app & because the app is in my system [I can't seem to remove it] then it's like it overrides the skydrive download installed one which was simpler to use.

    Some things I just relinquish as futile, like the skydrive app, cause it's not clear how to get your tasks & options.

    Anyhow...I'm assuming my issue is resolved...thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2mindless View Post
    Thanks for the info.. very appreciative Chevy 65. Ironically I did find this exact website in a google search prior to posting this thread. I had performed the function & figured the Skydrive sync hadn't turned off [malfunctioning?] because this little cloud icon now appears permanently in my task bar on my desktop. Broe23 has no confirmed 'the nature of the beast' is that I'm PERMA-STUCK with this little cloud & the constant file updating!

    I find that a little 'weird'. Why are my files (on Skydrive) being constantly updated when I have turned off the sync? I don't want stuff on my computer being hosted to the drive. I really don't like the app based function...it's a mess. Before I even got my new computer I just used skydrive through my hotmail account. I didn't have any difficulty or confusion with using the darn thing...& selecting viewer permissions or sharing was straight forward & simple! With the app-based skydrive (now One Drive) these functions are "hidden"; so hard to find. I had to search around endlessly trying to figure out if it was sharing & then...I don't even know how to put it to concise words cause I fiddle faddled all over & was going to give up. I didn't even know if the recipient was getting my stuff. I couldn't even organize anything into a folder [it wouldn't let me do that, or show me the feature] I tried to drag & drop the files...that didn't work. I found I could share individual images but that was a BUTT pain cause I had 111 files. I wanted everything together in one. Eventually I found the "sharing" by accident & the associated permission so it's not public [for select eyes only]. A monstrous time navigating the skydrive app & because the app is in my system [I can't seem to remove it] then it's like it overrides the skydrive download installed one which was simpler to use.

    Some things I just relinquish as futile, like the skydrive app, cause it's not clear how to get your tasks & options.

    Anyhow...I'm assuming my issue is resolved...thanks.
    You aren't alone in your complaints, the new way of doing Skydrive "Onedrive" has been driving everyone mad since 8.1 was released.

    It's also possible to disable or enable OneDrive integration "even if using a Microsoft account" using a .reg file or by disabling it using Group Policy.

    OneDrive Integration in Windows 8.1 - Enable or Disable
    Last edited by chev65; 25 Feb 2014 at 20:10.
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