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Running OneDrive from Desktop

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Running OneDrive from Desktop


    Hello,
    I browsed all tutorial topics and could not find a way to run OneDrive from Desktop, I hate run it from Metro.
    Is there a way to do? Thank you so much :-)

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  2. #2


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by mokujin View Post
    Hello,
    I browsed all tutorial topics and could not find a way to run OneDrive from Desktop, I hate run it from Metro.
    Is there a way to do? Thank you so much :-)
    There's no need to "run" OneDrive, it's a totally normal folder in your user profile, by default at C:\Users\Your_Username\OneDrive.

    Everything you place in this folder or its subfolders (which you can create as you wish) is synced with your OneDrive. For each item you can choose it to be Available Online only or Available Offline:
    • Available Online only: File or folder stored on OneDrive cloud, only a shortcut to it on your computer in OneDrive folder
    • Available Offline: File or folder stored on OneDrive cloud, also stored locally on your computer in OneDrive folder

    You can use OneDrive as a totally normal folder in your user profile.

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    (Screenshot from Windows 10 Technical Preview, OneDrive works and behaves exactly the same way in Windows 8 & 8.1.)

    Additionally if you want you can install the OneDrive Desktop App as told in this tutorial: OneDrive Desktop App - Install or Uninstall in Windows.

    Kari
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    I see I can't change folder to my own. ex D:/OneDrive ? Thank you for your help :-)
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  4. #4


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by mokujin View Post
    I see I can't change folder to my own. ex D:/OneDrive ? Thank you for your help :-)
    Sorry, I did not know that you do not know the Windows basics. If you had mentioned that you are not familiar with Windows, I would also have explained that of course you can move the OneDrive folder wherever you want to simply by right clicking it, selecting Properties and moving it to whatever location you want to from the Location tab:

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    Any more complaints?
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  5. #5


    any way to disable onedrive sync at login?
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  6. #6


    Answered my own question I think... Switch the account to a local account
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  7. #7


    Love my Onedrive & sync at startup (it is slow @ first but I'll wait)
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by jr866gooner View Post
    Answered my own question I think... Switch the account to a local account
    Changing to local account will change a lot of things , you could just go into charms bar, open pc settings ,then open onedrive and turn of sync
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jr866gooner View Post
    Answered my own question I think... Switch the account to a local account
    Changing to local account will change a lot of things , you could just go into charms bar, open pc settings ,then open onedrive and turn of sync
    Ah did not know I could do that! So it stops it syncing when logging in?

    I guess I'm old school and the whole hotmail/outlook account thing seemed a little pointless (to me as I only have one PCs in the household on win 8)
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    no it stops it from syncing all the time ,not just at login
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