Windows now comes with OneDrive

If you're upgrading to Windows 8.1, and used to use the OneDrive desktop app for Windows, here's what's new:

Features in the desktop app are now built into Windows. OneDrive will sync your files when you sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account. If you install the desktop app on a PC running Windows 8.1, Setup won't appear. A setting will be installed that lets you use Office to work on OneDrive documents with other people at the same time, but no other features will be installed. Download the desktop app

Sync status is displayed a little differently. Files that are up to date don't have a green check mark in File Explorer like they did before. If your OneDrive has a sync problem, it will have an error icon in the left pane of File Explorer, and in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar. To view more info about the sync problem, open the OneDrive app.

Making items available offline is the new way to sync them, and you can now browse items you don't sync.

  • If you chose to keep your files and settings when you updated Windows, everything you originally synced in your OneDrive folder will be available offline. Anything you add to OneDrive from another location will be online-only by default and appear as smart files on your PC. To make sure that the files you want are available offline on your PC regardless of where you create them, you can make items available offline.

  • If you didn't keep your files and settings when you updated Windows, everything in your OneDrive folder is online-only. To make sure that the files you want are available offline on your PC, make items available offline.

Files on your PC can't be fetched. You can't fetch files that are on a PC running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, even if you install the OneDrive desktop app. You can still go to the OneDrive website to fetch files on other PCs not running Windows 8.1 that have the OneDrive desktop app installed.

Tip

  • You might want to move any folders you already have in OneDrive to the Documents and Pictures folders in OneDrive to make them easier to work with in your apps.

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