How to Fix OneDrive Not Syncing Problems in Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Your data, whether we are talking about your personal info or accounts or about your programs, daily schedule or business docs, should be extremely important for you. Since you don’t want to lose your personal info, you are probably using the OneDrive service which is great as it syncs your data automatically right from your Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 machine. But, unfortunately, on Windows 8.1 OneDrive is not syncing, this being a common and highly reported problem.
So, in case you have noticed that OneDrive isn’t syncing your data as it should, or some data isn’t synced and the Windows system isn’t prompting you with the same, then you must read the guidelines from below, where I have showed you how to easily fix this system problem. Of course, you can anytime use Microsoft’s SkyDrive troubleshooter (take a look here), but as you will see, your problem will not be addressed.

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Therefore, you should troubleshoot the OneDrive issue by yourself. In that matter I will help you out, by detailing the guidelines from below. As you will see, I have mentioned several solutions; just pick the method you prefer the most and see if the same is fixing your Windows 8.1 malfunction. If not, don’t hesitate and try the next method until everything works as planned. There has been issued a reliability update for OneDrive, so maybe this has managed to solve the problem for some of you.

How to Fix OneDrive Not Syncing in Windows 8.1 Problem

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Search and apply the latest Windows updates

The first thing you should try, though it rarely resolves the OneDrive problem, is to scan for a new Windows 8.1 update. If there is a new package available, download and install the software as it might fix your OneDrive issue – some users reported that the latest updates are troubleshooting the sync issues in SkyDrive.

Reset OneDrive

Other users reported that once OneDrive is reset, the service starts to sync your files as it should, without dealing with other Windows 8.1 issues. So, in order to perform this action follow:

  1. Go to your Start Screen and from there press “Wind + R” keyboard keys.
  2. On the Run box type “skydrive.exe / reset” and press “ok”.skydrive-reset
  3. Reboot your Windows 8.1 device.
  4. Launch the Run sequence once more and enter “skydrive.exe”.
  5. OneDrive will now start to sync your files.

Change SkyDrive settings and reinitiate the tool

Now, if the above explained methods aren’t helpful for you, then you definitely need to try this method as many users are recommending the same.

  1. On your Windows 8.1 device open Explorer.
  2. Find the SkyDrive icon and right click on it; select Properties.
  3. From the main Properties window select “Security” and tap on the “advanced” option.
  4. Now, under SYSTEM, Administrators, and your own user name you should have “Full Control” permissions.
  5. From the bottom of the Advanced Security Settings for SkyDrive check the “Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permissions from this object” option and click on “ok”.onedrive
  6. Now certain files might cause some errors. Note down these files as you will have to remove them.
  7. Just transfer the files that are causing problems outside the SkyDrive folder.
  8. Then, on your Windows 8.1 device open a command prompt window with administrator rights: just right click on your Start button and pick “Command Prompt (Admin).command prompt
  9. On the cmd window type “cd c:\windows\system32” and then type “skydrive /shutdown”.
  10. Wait a few minutes and then in the same cmd window type “skydrive”. Wait a few minutes and then run the SkyDrive app from your Start menu.
  11. Restart your device and that’s it, OneDrive should now work without any kinds of issues.

So, that’s how you can fix the OneDrive Not Syncing in Windows 8.1 Problem. Do share your experience with us and with our readers by using the comments section from below.

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  • B

    Thumbs up! This worked like a charm. Thank you!

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  • Andrew

    Thanks for the advice. I think my syncing problems were caused by a ‘permissions’ issue, but is now fixed once I checked the “Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permissions from this object”. Thanks very much.

  • officialh1

    I have issues when my drive has less the 10% space left (when the progress bar is red instead of blue in the computer/my computer view [where you see all drives]). This is odd for me since I have 230 GB of total disk and if I have less than 23 GB left, it will start having sync errors. I fix this by moving files or removing files. I deal with VMs a lot and create many on the fly for testing or development. This is very annoying. I am trying to find a way to set it so it will stop when I am about 1GB of space left, not when the OS is set to warn the user when it thinks space is limited.

    • Aleš Polívka

      Oh, that’s why sometimes it syncs and the other time it doesn’t. That makes sense as I am usually around this red/blue bar. Have you come up with something? Did you find a possibility to move “the limit”? Btw. now I understand the Google Drive icon saying something about “not enough space to sync”, when I have about 3 GB left. Thanks.

  • Robert Maftei

    It worked on my Windows 10 TP machine. Many thanks 🙂

    • Awesome, have changed the title to reflect that, as well 😉

  • Whenever I try to move the files that are causing some errors, it pops up an error message: “the specified file or folder name is too long”, and when a try to rename them it doesn’t let me do it and pops up the same error message 🙁 What should I do?

  • Adellandra Dratianos

    sorry to inform you, it didn’t work on my Win 10