Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10  

    Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Documents, Pictures, and Desktop Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10
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    23 Aug 2018
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    Turn On or Off Documents, Pictures, and Desktop Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10


    OneDrive is free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account. Save your files online to OneDrive and you will be able to view, browse, upload, and share them from any PC, tablet, or phone.

    OneDrive is built into Windows 10, and you can find your OneDrive files through File Explorer

    If you want an additional layer of protection from ransomware, try saving your files in OneDrive. Itís part of the new experiences that arrived with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

    When you save your files to OneDrive, you can get to them from anywhere and your files are safe in OneDrive if anything happens to your device. Now, you can set up protection for your important folders in Windows (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) when using either your personal OneDrive account, or your work or school account.

    If a ransomware threat is found on a device, Windows Defender will notify you of the threat, help you remove the ransomware from your device, and give you options to recover your OneDrive files to the state they were in before the attack occurred. For Office 365 Home subscribers, Office 365 Personal subscribers, and OneDrive for Business users, that includes OneDrive Files Restore, which can be used to restore your OneDrive to a previous point in time within the last 30 days. The date and time that Windows Defender detected the attack will be pre-selected in Files Restore, making the process simple and easy to use.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off folder protection with OneDrive for expanded ransomware protection of your files in your Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Turn On Documents, Pictures, and Desktop Folder Protection with OneDrive
    • Option Two: Turn Off Documents, Pictures, and Desktop Folder Protection with OneDrive


    EXAMPLE: Folder Protection with OneDrive syncing Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders
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    Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10
    Turn On Documents, Pictures, and Desktop Folder Protection with OneDrive

    1. Click/tap on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar notification area, click/tap on More, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on the Auto Save tab in Microsoft OneDrive settings, and click/tap on the Update folders button. (see screenshot below)

    If you don't see the Update folders button in OneDrive Settings, you aren't eligible for folder protection and the rest of this article doesn't apply to you. But you can begin saving your files to OneDrive by changing the selections next to each folder name from This PC only to OneDrive. You'll be prompted to protect important folders only if you're eligible.

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    3. In the Set up protection of important folders dialog box, select the folders you want to protect, and click/tap on the Start protection button. (see screenshots below)

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    4. You can close the dialog box while your files sync to OneDrive. Or, to watch your files sync, click/tap on View upload progress. When the files finish syncing to OneDrive, they're protected and you can access them from anywhere in Documents, Desktop, or Pictures. When you protect your Desktop folder, the items on your desktop roam with you to your other PC desktops where you're running OneDrive. (see screenshots below)

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    5. When finished, click/tap on OK in Microsoft OneDrive settings. (see screenshot below)

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    Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Folder Protection with OneDrive in Windows 10
    Turn Off Documents, Pictures, and Desktop Folder Protection with OneDrive


    When you stop protecting a folder, the files that were already protected by OneDrive stay in OneDrive. You will see a Where are my files shortcut in your folder to take you to its OneDrive folder location. If you no longer want those files in OneDrive, you'll need to move them to a local folder on your PC yourself. Any new files you add to that folder on your PC won't be protected by OneDrive.

    1. Click/tap on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar notification area, click/tap on More, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on the Auto Save tab in Microsoft OneDrive settings, and click/tap on the Update folders button. (see screenshot below)

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    3. In the Manage protection of important folders dialog box, click/tap on the Stop protecting link of a folder you want to stop protecting, and click/tap on Stop protection to confirm. (see screenshots below)

    Repeat this step for each folder you want to stop protection.

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    3. When finished, close the Manage protection of important folders dialog box. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on OK in Microsoft OneDrive settings. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn





  1.    28 Aug 2018 #1

    Has anyone else noticed this?
    Turning on folder protection moves the files fast but turning it off is extremly slow to move them back.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  2. Brink's Avatar
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       28 Aug 2018 #2

    I gave up and just manually moved them back.
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  3.    01 Sep 2018 #3

    Hello Brink,
    Did you just move them from the Local Disk\Users\(user name)\OneDrive to Local Disk\Users\(user name) or did you download them from onedrive.live.com?
    Last edited by Hemimax; 01 Sep 2018 at 11:44.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 34,370
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18290
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       01 Sep 2018 #4

    Sorry, I downloaded them back from OneDrive.com to my "C:\Users\Brink\OneDrive" folder.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    01 Sep 2018 #5

    Thank you!
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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