Well, here is how to restore connectivity and get rid of the frustrating error message once and for all.
What to do if OneDrive cannot connect to Windows?
- Disable your firewall
- Modify your PC’s Internet Properties
- Remove proxy addresses
- Reset the entire network connection
- Create a new Windows 10 user profile
- Reset OneDrive
- Uninstall and reinstall OneDrive
1. Disable your firewall
Your firewall may be blocking the OneDrive’s Internet connection and causing There was a problem connecting to OneDrive error.
Refer to the manufacturer’s website for detailed instructions on how to switch off your firewall. You may also turn off your current antivirus software but don’t forget to re-enable it as soon as you’re done.
In some instances, you might fix the problem by switching to a different antivirus. Bitdefender offers great protection, and it won’t interfere with your system in any way, so be sure to try it out.
2. Modify your PC’s Internet Properties
Access your system’s Internet properties and carry out these changes.
- Press Windows Key + R to open the Run box.
- Type inetcpl.cpl and press the Enter key to open the Internet Properties window.
- Select the Advanced tab and scroll down then tick on Use TLS 1.0, Use TLS 1.1, as well as Use TLS 1.2. Click Apply.
- Restart OneDrive.
3. Remove proxy addresses
If you are using OneDrive with proxy, try turning it off in your browser. This can sometimes help with There was a problem connecting to OneDrive error.
- Click on the Start button and choose Settings.
- Select Network & Internet and scroll to the bottom and click Proxy (left side).
- Under the Automatic proxy setup section, enable Automatically detect settings option.
4. Reset the entire network connection
If modifying your proxy settings doesn’t help, try to alter and refresh the whole network.
- Click Start and type cmd in Windows 10 search box.
- Right-click the cmd option then choose Run as administrator. Select Yes if and when prompted by UAC (User Account Control).
- Type the command: netsh int ip reset c:resetlog.txt and hit the Enter key.
- Now type netsh winsock reset then press Enter.
Restart your computer and see how OneDrive behaves.
5. Create a new Windows 10 user profile
Perhaps the trouble is due to your user account settings so creating a new user profile may fix There was a problem connecting to OneDrive error.
- Click the Start button then select Settings (as seen earlier).
- Choose Accounts.
- Tap on Family & other users followed by Add someone else to this PC.
- Enter an appropriate user name, password, plus a password hint. Then select Next.
Now make this account an administrator account as follows:
- Go back to Settings then Accounts and onward to Family & other users.
- Choose the account name and click Change account type.
- Select Administrator under Account type then click OK.
- Sign in with this new administrator account and see if OneDrive will work.
6. Reset OneDrive
Resetting your OneDrive disconnects all connections and can help fix the There was a problem connecting to OneDrive error.
No files or data is lost by resetting the application on your computer.
- Press Windows key+R keys to open the Run dialog.
- Type %localappdata%MicrosoftOneDriveOneDrive.exe /reset then press OK. You may notice a Command window appear briefly.
- Now click Start the type OneDrive in Windows 10 search box.
Select the OneDrive app from the results. This manually re-launches OneDrive.
Is OneDrive now functioning properly? If not, try the next fix.
7. Uninstall and reinstall OneDrive
Now try to reinstall OneDrive if you’re not yet lucky.
- Press the Windows+R keys to start the Run dialog.
- Type appiz.cpl then click OK
- Locate the Microsoft OneDrive app from the list and right-click it then choose Uninstall.
- Restart your computer
- Visit the OneDrive Download page and select the need to reinstall/download hyperlink to commence the reinstallation process.
- Restart and reopen your freshly reinstalled OneDrive app and see if the there was a problem connecting to OneDrive hiccup is finally gone.
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