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    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup for Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    13 May 2020
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    How Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup for Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders 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.

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


    Contents

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



    EXAMPLE: OneDrive PC folder backup syncing Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders








    OPTION ONE

    Turn On OneDrive PC Folder Protection for Desktop, Documents, and Pictures Folders


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

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-1.png

    2 Click/tap on the Backup tab in Microsoft OneDrive settings, and click/tap on the Manage backup button. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-2.png

    3 In the Back up your folders dialog box, select (check) the folders you want to backup to OneDrive, and click/tap on the Start backup button. (see screenshots below)

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-3.png Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-3b.png

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

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-4.png

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

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-5.png






    OPTION TWO

    Turn Off OneDrive PC Folder Protection for Desktop, Documents, and Pictures Folders


    When you stop folder backup for a folder, the files you were backing up remain in OneDrive and no longer appear in the folder. You will see a Where are my files shortcut in the folder to take you to its OneDrive folder location. If you no longer want these files in OneDrive, you'll need to move them to a local folder on your PC yourself. Any new files you add to the folder on your PC will no longer be backed up (synced) to 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)

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-1.png

    2 Click/tap on the Backup tab in Microsoft OneDrive settings, and click/tap on the Manage backup button. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-2.png

    3 In the Manage folder backup dialog box, click/tap on the Stop backup link of a folder you want to stop syncing to OneDrive. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-turn_off_onedrive_pc_folder_backup-1.png

    4 Click/tap on Stop backup to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-turn_off_onedrive_pc_folder_backup-2.png

    5 Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-turn_off_onedrive_pc_folder_backup-3.png

    6 Repeat steps 3 to 5 if you want to stop folder backup to OneDrive for any other folder.

    7 When finished, close the Manage folder backup dialog box. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-turn_off_onedrive_pc_folder_backup-4.png

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

    Turn On or Off OneDrive PC Folder Backup Protection in Windows 10-onedrive_pc_folder_backup-5.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Hemimax's Avatar
    Posts : 1,737
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       #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.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #2

    I gave up and just manually moved them back.
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  3. Hemimax's Avatar
    Posts : 1,737
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #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
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       #4

    Sorry, I downloaded them back from OneDrive.com to my "C:\Users\Brink\OneDrive" folder.
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  5. Hemimax's Avatar
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       #5

    Thank you!
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  6. Posts : 162
    Windows 10 Home v1909 18363.628
       #6

    getting it right this time


    Belated Merry Christmas wishes to Brink and his team of elves helping here. And a Happy and Healthy 2019.

    My OneDrive was showing "downloading 3.3KB at 0KB/s 3 files remaining" every time I powered up. This caused other O
    neDrive issues & eventually the OneDrive Upload Centre took me to "set up protection of important files" which I did and immediately regretted it because moments later I saw that it was syncing/saving 2.6 gig of files. I panicked and tried to stop it but couldn't. I paused it and was advised to change the settings. But the only live option shown in Settings was to continue setting up the protection of important files.
    It got worse - OneDrive has now been turned off and I can't get it to turn back on, or reinstall.

    There's a mince pie for whoever can ressue me!!!

    Best regards

    PS One option I'm thinking about is getting Microsoft to renew my Office 365 Personal subscription. This expires at the end of next month & I'm hoping that Microsoft will collect my money under recurring payments, on 21 January 2019. Hopefully the new Office365 will make my OneDrive problems a thing of the past. What do you think, please?
    Last edited by Taffy078; 27 Dec 2018 at 10:39. Reason: messed up
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       #7

    Hello @Taffy078,

    What happens when you open OneDrive from your Start menu?
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  8. Posts : 162
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       #8

    When I put 'OneDrive' in the Start Menu, it brings up "OneDrive Desktop app" - same style etc. Below it is a small box with an arrow in its top right corner pointing diagonally right/upwards. To the right of the box it says 'Open' but clicking on it has no effect.

    (Can't post a snip as I have no OneDrive! )
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
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       #9

    Taffy078 said:
    When I put 'OneDrive' in the Start Menu, it brings up "OneDrive Desktop app" - same style etc. Below it is a small box with an arrow in its top right corner pointing diagonally right/upwards. To the right of the box it says 'Open' but clicking on it has no effect.

    (Can't post a snip as I have no OneDrive! )
    As a test, what happens when you run the file below?

    %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe

    If OneDrive still doesn't open using the file above, then you could try downloading and reinstalling the latest OneDrive version for Windows below.

    New OneDrive sync client release notes - Office Support
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