One drive setup problem!


  1. Posts : 158
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    One drive setup problem!


    I installed W10 on a new PC for a friend and initially signed in using my Microsoft Account. I then did what the instructions on this site said todo. Changed the PC to a local account and then Sign In to the friend's Microsoft Account the one I should have used in the first place. Everything seemed to be OK until I looked at the One Drive folders. They had all my stuff. If I made a change on the new PC it took effect on all my PC's. It would appear that One Drive thinks it is signed in to my Microsoft Account?!

    So is there a way to uninstall One Drive on the new PC and reinstall it so that it connects to the correct Microsoft Account during installeation? Or do I just give up and re-install using the correct Microsoft Account. Seems like there are traces of my Microsoft Account throughout the system!
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    Something appears to have gone wrong since logging in with a new Microsoft account should have created a new user with a new OneDrive folder.

    If the new account seems to be connected to your OneDrive you could try unlinking it and then link to the correct account. This can be done from the OneDrive cloud icon in the system tray by right clicking it and selecting settings.

    However, if there is a wider problem and the accounts have got confused you would be better off reinstalling and starting from scratch.
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  3. lx07's Avatar
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    philc43 said:
    Something appears to have gone wrong since logging in with a new Microsoft account should have created a new user with a new OneDrive folder.
    Actually I think it is quite normal - it has happened to me changing MS accounts that the old account is retained in OneDrive (and in the mail app etc). You can use these apps without a MS account at all if you want.

    Ken429 said:
    It would appear that One Drive thinks it is signed in to my Microsoft Account?!
    To correct it, as @philc43 said, while signed on as your friend you could search for the OneDrive desktop app and take the option "Unlink OneDrive".

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    Delete all of your files from the PC in the OneDrive folder then go back to the OneDrive desktop app again and connect to the correct account.

    If you signed into the mail or calendar app then your account will be retained also. That you could delete (while signed on as your friend) through Settings > Manage your accounts > Your email and accounts and scroll down. Click on your account, manage then Delete

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    Alternatively it be easier to just make a new (administrator) account for your friend, sign on to that and then delete your account.
    User Account - Add in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    User Account - Delete in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Lastly on one of your PCs sign on as you and go to https://account.microsoft.com. There you will see the devices linked to your account and you can delete the other PC you no longer want connected to your account.

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  4. philc43's Avatar
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    Actually I think it is quite normal - it has happened to me changing MS accounts that the old account is retained in OneDrive (and in the mail app etc). You can use these apps without a MS account at all if you want.
    Changing accounts will do this, however, adding a new account would be a better way and I believe would avoid the problems. Looking back at the OP it does look as if he simply changed the account.

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  5. Posts : 158
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I took the easy way out and just reinstalled W10 with the friend's Microsoft Account. All is well now, no hidden references to my Microsoft Account buried in the W10 registry etc.
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