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Issues with One Drive

I run Windows 10, and keep many critical frequently used documents on my Desktop (with regular backups to removable media).  When I just got my new computer (also Windows 10) the "Desktop" that is available seems to be the "Desktop" on OneDrive (which I believe is in the Cloud).  I've never used OneDrive, and don't particularly want my local files in the Cloud (other than as a backup).  Meanwhile, I constantly get a notification that there were Sync issues with OneDrive (see attached image).  What exactly is One Drive?  Do I need it?  

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Jazz Marie Kaur

Your image didn't attach. You can choose Edit Question and attach/upload it or add a comment with it, but should be able to help without it.

I also added OneDrive as a topic. Here's the definition on EE that may help you

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No, it's not required, but do you have a method in place for backing up files, documents. photos etc.? e.g. your computer fails or crashes - all desktop and document files etc. are not recoverable as it won't boot up or has water damage or a USB/physical backup gets water damage/corrupted, OneDrive could be accessed again on a new station or through the web version. You don't have to use the desktop app either, you can also use the web version. It sounds like you are backing up your files though and have a method in place. It may be simpler to use cloud storage though as it's just drag and drop, occasionally you can get sync errors, and need to monitor/check/resolve those.

I do use OneDrive on my personal stations though. Totally up to you what you want to use as your primary back up method of personal files. There is also a "work version of OneDrive" OneDrive for Business plans that organizations use.

If you don't want to use OneDrive, you could try just clicking the task tray area (bottom right)  > carrot arrow and find the cloud icon, then right-click and Exit. You may want to test whether it keeps popping up with a restart and sign out or back in. 
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Scott Fell

I concur with Jazz that those lnk files are most likely shortcuts that are not needed.

Since you said, "...and keep many critical frequently used documents on my Desktop  ..." that does make sense as to what is happening.

Keeping your files on your desktop, however, is not a good choice. Too many files on the desktop can slow things down and as you can see, causes issues with sync. You are better off keeping the files in your OneDrive folder.  I know that people like to keep files on the desktop because it gives the feeling of being able to find files fast. I would suggest utilizing your quick access in Windows File Explorer.  If you have folders burred in your OneDrive folder under something like Clients > Client Name > 2021.  Maybe you have hundreds of clients but you are currently working with just three where you need to get to their stuff quickly. In File Explorer, go to that sub folder, right click and select, Pin To Quick Access. This way you an find those files fast and you will not have your desktop stuff up.

don't particularly want my local files in the Cloud (other than as a backup).  
Well, you can't have it both ways. Typically, we think of backing up every X hour / day / week / month etc. With OneDrive (Or Google Drive or Dropbox) you are getting instant continual back up.  One of the bonus features, that hopefully you only rarely need to use, is version history https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2017/07/19/expanding-onedrive-version-history-support-file-types/  Every time a document is saved, there should be a history of each version. If you do an oops and can't recover, perhaps you deleted or wiped out all the text.  Go to the cloud version of your OneDrive and view the version history to restore. I have Dropbox and OneDrive and this has saved me.

There is a trade off for convenience and security.  As long as your are not using your pets name for your password you are pretty safe.

In the end, I believe those files are shortcuts on your desktop that do not have permission to sync. I would look at your one drive and see if your desktop files are syncing and if you don't want them to that is fine. If you do, you can fix it.

Right clicking on your OneDrive settings in your tray will open up your settings with options for how you want to sync or if you want to sync al all.


i just keep away from internet storage - i keep all data on my PC
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

Thank you for your swift and comprehensive responses.