Fix corrupted OneDrive files and shortcuts after Anniversary Update

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Upgrading to Windows 10 Anniversary Update is a simple affair, though, some people have come across problems. We’ve been hearing about a certain issue where Windows 10 users, after upgrading to the Anniversary Update, are finding out that some frequently opened items are no longer valid.

Apparently, the update caused several shortcuts to point to OneDrive. Now, we know it’s possible to set OneDrive to be the default sport for certain folders. For example, the Document and Pictures folder within OneDrive can be set to be the default, leading the operating system to pass over the system’s own Document and Pictures folder when saving files.

Here’s what unlucky Windows 10 users had to say:

After upgrading Windows 10 to anniversary edition today (8/2/16) I noticed that some items on my frequently opened Word, Excel, Powerpoint are no longer valid. Somehow after the update some of the item shortcuts are pointing to OneDrive (which I don’t use and I reconfirmed has no documents) instead of my local drive. The bigger annoyance is I can’t right click and delete these items from the jump list by using Remove from this list.

OK, so, this is indeed a problem, one that is not particularly easy to fix. Sometimes a single work around can make it right, but at other times, the user will have to perform a clean install. No one wants to do that right, so let’s hope the following idea can sort things out for those who might be going through similar problems.

What we recommend, is to run both SFC scan and DISM scan. For those not aware, SFC scan is used to scan for corruptions within Windows. This utility can be found in the operating system, so no need to download anything. As for DISM scan, it should help with fixing corruptions also, and can be found in Windows 10.

Step 1: Open an Administrator command prompt window by:

  1. Press Windows logo + X keys on the keyboard and select Command Prompt (Admin) option.
  2. Click on Yes and continue. Provide administrator password if prompted.
  3. Check if it says Administrator: Command Prompt at the top of the command prompt window.

Step 2: Type the following commands in the CMD Prompt:

Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

                Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

sfc /scannow

Step 3: Close the command window and check if the issue is resolved.

If that doesn’t work, attempt to clean %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*.


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I was having the same issue. The SFC & DISM scans came up both ok, but same issue with links and files messed up that belonged to OneDrive.

Try this. It worked for me:

Go to Settings, click Update & Security, click Troubleshoot, look under Get up and running, click Windows Update, click Run the troubleshooter, let the rest of the process go by itself. Click Try troubleshooting as an administrator, click Apply this fix for all issues that come up, click close when done, go to Settings again, click Update & Security, click Check for updates, let all updates finish. It may take up to around 4 hours to do so. Once it is done then click Restart now.

This worked for me.

I checked my broken files and links and they were all back to working condition.

After seeing that they were good once again I checked for Windows Updates again and noticed a few more were available. So I decided to let those install as well.

Still good.