How to use OneDrive without logging on 10 with MS Account

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  1. gregrocker's Avatar
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    How to use OneDrive without logging on 10 with MS Account?


    I root my User folders in OneDrive folder to keep them sync'd with all my other Devices.

    But in 10 I want to use a Local Account so I can forgo password (along with Lock Screen and Log On page) except at rare times like when I visit my parents . For this reason I'd like to install the standalone OneDrive app which only requires sign-in at the time it's set up.

    The problem is that the standalone OneDrive app will not install on 10. It downloads and then goes away.

    What are the advantages of using a MS Account for Win7 log on for those who want a password at all? Is the built-in OneDrive app adaptable to Move my User folders in it so they sync across all my devices?

    Edit: To answer the last question, I signed into my MS Account and moved the OneDrive folder from my User Account folder to E:\Storage where it resides on this PC. The 10 User folders had already been moved here where the 7 User folders have always lived. It appears it is working correctly.

    But I still would like to have this option without having to sign in with a MS Account.
    Last edited by gregrocker; 08 Oct 2014 at 15:44.
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  2. topgundcp's Avatar
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    I only use local account also.
    Just log into your MS Account from the browser. Use drag & Drop to upload/download.
    That's what I use.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 08 Oct 2014 at 16:12.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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    Hey Greg,

    If you like, you can use a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 10 with, and not have to enter a password at startup and such.

    Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

    If you like, you could sign in online to your OneDrive account in a browser, or you could map the OneDrive in This PC.

    OneDrive - Map OneDrive in This PC in Windows 8.1

    Your "C:\Users\(user-name)\OneDrive" folder is movable like any other of your user folders.

    User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

    You won't be able to log in to Windows 7 with a Microsoft account. It's local account only in Windows 7.

    The main advantages of using a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 8/10 is to be able to seamlessly use modern apps that use Microsoft services, and to sync all your settings across all PCs that you sign in to with a Microsoft account.
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  4. gregrocker's Avatar
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    I signed into Windows 10 with my MS account, then mapped the OneDrive to my E Storage where it already lives and sync's my other devices. It is sync'ing 10 User folders now with my Win7 partition and other Devices.

    I might stick with the MS Account since I can take off the password as Shawn shows.

    But I'm still wondering if anyone knows a way to install OneDrive app from a Local Account like I have on Win7. I signed into OneDrive in browser but OneDrive app still will not install.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by gregrocker; 08 Oct 2014 at 16:50.
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  5. Kari's Avatar
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    OneDrive Desktop App can't be installed on 10 Tech preview, at least not at the moment (build 9841). Using a local account, the best solution is to map OneDrive as network drive, the way Bring told.
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  6. gregrocker's Avatar
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    Thanks, Kari, but I don't get how mapping OneDrive as a network drive with a Local Account would let me use it to synch my files across all my Devices around the country.
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  7. Kari's Avatar
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    Call it pseudo sync if you want to.

    OneDrive mapped as newtowork drive on Win 10 Tech preview desktop = the actual up to date content of OneDrive always available.

    Sync anything on any other device, as soon as it is synced with OneDrive it is visible and available on your Win 10 desktop. Add / remove anything from Win 10 mapped OneDrive and it will be synced with any machine allover the globe with accesss to same OneDrive.

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist for this...
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  8. gregrocker's Avatar
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    Yes, what you describe is I believe what I do and have done all along as detailed in this draft tutorial Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with OneDrive.


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  9. Kari's Avatar
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    gregrocker said:
    Yes, what you describe is I believe what I do and have done all along as detailed in this draft tutorial Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with OneDrive.
    I know that thread of yours in Backup & Restore back at Seven Forums and have bookmarked it, that's why I simply could not believe my eyes reading this...:

    gregrocker said:
    Thanks, Kari, but I don't get how mapping OneDrive as a network drive with a Local Account would let me use it to synch my files across all my Devices around the country.
    ... and why there was an intended pun in my response. OneDrive mapped as network drive is as good as any other method to sync it.
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    Kari said:
    OneDrive mapped as network drive is as good as any other method to sync it.
    Is it? SkyDrive.exe runs multiple threads when synchronising. You don't get that with mapping a network drive. Depends on the number of files I guess.
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