System hacks: OneDrive “broken down” “trouble” for what reason

When using the OneDrive software that comes with Windows 10, we may encounter some troubles. For example, the sync function doesn’t work, system screenshots are intercepted by this software, and the synced folders are bloated causing system space constraint. If you encounter these problems, how to solve them?

1. The software “breaks down” and the sync function fails

If you encounter a situation where OneDrive is unable to sync files, you can first try restarting the OneDrive client and logging in as a Windows network account. In addition, you should also check the remaining space on the hard drive partition where your system is located, especially if there is enough space left on the partition where the OneDrive sync folder is located. If you have customized the sync folder, you should also check if the length of the sync folder exceeds 255 characters, and shorten the path length if it exceeds the limit.

If the above solution still does not work, you can reset OneDrive by right-clicking the Start button to launch the Run dialog box and execute the following command (Figure 1).

%localappdata%MicrosoftOneDriveonedrive.exe /reset


After that, the OneDrive icon on the system tray disappears, and the software icon will be displayed again later to automatically complete the reset of OneDrive.


If the icon does not start after executing the above command, start OneDrive manually with the following command (Figure 2).



2. Nosy screenshot capture

If you find that when you press the screenshot hotkey in Windows 10, the captured image is intercepted by OneDrive and you want to save it to OneDrive, you can right-click the tray OneDrive icon and select “Settings”, under the “Auto Save Under the “Auto Save” tab, uncheck the checkbox under “Screenshot” to unlock the image (Figure 3).


3. File synchronization causes space constraint

The OneDrive local auto-sync folder is located in the system partition by default, and if the system partition is already tight on space, the constant accumulation of auto-synced files can make the system partition even tighter on space. This can be avoided by changing the location of the OneDrive folder.


Go to the OneDrive settings window, click on the “Accounts” tab and select “Unlink this computer” (Figure 4); then the OneDrive settings screen will be displayed and ignored; switch to the current user folder in File Explorer, find the OneDrive folder and click on the “Move to” button to move it to a new location other than the system drive; return to the settings screen, select “Start Now” and follow the wizard to change the newly selected folder to a new location, then OK it.

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