Recently I started up one of my long term windows 10 desktop machines and OneDrive was not running. My OneDrive folder was still there and when I tried to open a file that was still on the cloud it would not download?
Looking around I found that OneDrive was not running in my system tray.
I tried a few different things;
- Download a new version
- Nope did not work as just told me I already had a newer version install.
- State off the website
- when you go to download there is a “Start OneDrive” button that tries to launch something on your computer. Did nothing for me!!
- Went into control panel and tried to uninstall. I found a onedrive entry and I uninstalled but it did not really do anything, as I could not re-install after that as it still complained I had a later version already installed.
- I restarted between all of these attempts
- Watch a few youtube vidoes
- Registry fix – nope didn’t have the regsitroy
- local Policy change – nope did nothing.
So what fixed it..
Try the following, it worked for me;
- Launch the task manager (right click the toolbar – select task manager)
- Select the startup tab.
- Sort alphabetically by name and find “Microsoft OneDrive in the list.
- Right click and choose “Open file location”
- This took me to “%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive”
- In this folder I had a sub-folder called “Update”
- Go into the update folder
- In there is a file called “OneDriveSetup.exe”
- Run it
It ran a small update and then my Onedrive process automatically started up and re-connected to my existing OneDrive folder.
Problem solved 🙂
Hope this works for you too