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.
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
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.
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:
- Go to your Start Screen and from there press “Wind + R” keyboard keys.
- On the Run box type “skydrive.exe / reset” and press “ok”.
- Reboot your Windows 8.1 device.
- Launch the Run sequence once more and enter “skydrive.exe”.
- 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.
- On your Windows 8.1 device open Explorer.
- Find the SkyDrive icon and right click on it; select Properties.
- From the main Properties window select “Security” and tap on the “advanced” option.
- Now, under SYSTEM, Administrators, and your own user name you should have “Full Control” permissions.
- 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”.
- Now certain files might cause some errors. Note down these files as you will have to remove them.
- Just transfer the files that are causing problems outside the SkyDrive folder.
- 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).
- On the cmd window type “cd c:\windows\system32” and then type “skydrive /shutdown”.
- 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.
- 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.