Windows 10: Access Denied - moving Pictures folder to default or other locations
This solved my problem, unlinking onedrive tells the system that your picture folder is not the onedrive/picture folder anymore, so you can move it again.
So, I hope this thread isn't too old for me to post here, but I'm trying to do the opposite almost. I originally moved my Pictures folder to my D:\ drive, just to get it off of my SSD. But now that I also have a laptop, I want to keep all my wallpapers in sync, so I'm trying to move my Pictures folder to my OneDrive and I'm getting the same "Access Denied" error.
- copy Documents folder somewhere else
- unlink my OneDrive account
- log in again
- select different OneDrive folder
- don't sync anythin (untick all)
- restore default location
- copy previously copied Documents to default location (it was empty for me, when I did it)
- unlink OneDrive
- log in and select previous location
- (optional) go to OneDrive settings, 2nd tab (automatic saving or something), select that you want your documents to be saved on OneDrive instead of your computer.
Thanks, I won't have access to my desktop for a while but I'll be sure to try this when I get a chance and report back!
I'll post this here since it's one of the top google results for this particular problem.
Here's how to properly un-merge your pictures and document folders from OneDrive:
- Right-click the OneDrive icon in the system tray
- Select "Settings"
- Select the "Automatic saving" (rough translation from my native language, sorry)
- Select "This PC only" on both drop-downs, for Documents and Pictures.
- Click OK
Voila, you have it. Now you can properly move your Documents and Pictures to wherever you like, while keeping the OneDrive functional.
Perhaps we can make an proposal to Microsoft to add a dialog "If you move this folder, you'll no longer automatically save documents/pictures in OneDrive. Are you sure?". I'm positive that a lot of people would be happy.
Hi, I ended up resolving my problem by reinstalling my operating system (technically, I did a clean install of Windows 8.1, set everything up, then re-upgraded, though just a simple clean install of Windows 10 probably would have done it).
Note that I did not reinstall just to fix this issue, but it was a happy side effect!
What a royal pain in the @$$.... I turned on my computer 1 day and my Pictures and Documents were relocated to C:....."onedrive" and off my D: drive (storage). I never asked it to do that, and I can't undue it apparently..... after a ton of searching and screwing around, I was at least able to relocate the onedrive to D:....."onedrive", and then unsync it, so they are being saved on my storage drive. But in the process, something about the documents folder got corrupted and I cant access settings on it anymore...
If I do a clean reinstall of Windows 10, will it clear the onedrive problem, or will it remember my settings and put me right back where I am now?
Yes it will fix the problem. One of the initial setup questions is whether you want to use OneDrive or not. I've just done it and it's that error that I came here to find the solution to.
I actually fixed it by creating a 2nd user acct and deleting the first, then renaming the 2nd.
Thanks for your answer though.
ThankYou So much!! I made an account just to thank you! Your method worked for me!
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