Missing OneDrive From File Explorer in Windows 10 – Fix

Many users have reported that sometimes their OneDrive program is missing from the File Explorer.

This is a very rare issue and this error does not occur that often. If you are having this issue that follows this guide.

In this tutorial, you will find all of the methods that you can follow to fix this issue.

Missing OneDrive From File Explorer in Windows 10

Method 1: Make Sure You Are Synced With OneDrive

If your computer is not fully synced with your OneDrive account, the OneDrive folder simply won’t show up in File Explorer. So, before you try anything else, make sure you synced your computer with your OneDrive account properly.

Method 2: Switch To A Local Account

If you’re not sure how to do that, follow these instructions:

  • Open Settings > Accounts > Your Info.

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  • If you’re already logged in with your Microsoft Account (and you probably are), click on Sign in with a local account instead.

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  • Enter your Microsoft account information to confirm that you’re authorized to make the change, and then click Next.
  • On the Switch To A Local Account page, enter your new local user name and password, you can also add a password.
  • Click Next to sign out from the Microsoft account and sign back in using your new local account.
  • Now that you’re signed in with your Local Account, go to Settings > Accounts > Your Info once again
  • Go to Sign in with a Microsoft account instead
  • Enter your login credentials.

So, if you’re connected with your Microsoft account, switch to a Local account, and then go back to your MS Account, and try to sync OneDrive once again.

Once you’re signed in with your Microsoft Account once again, try to sync your OneDrive, and it may work now.

Method 3: Make Sure The File Path Is Not Too Long

If a file path of some of your files is too long, these files won’t show up in the OneDrive folder in Windows 10.

OneDrive allows only 440 characters-long file paths, so if a path of your specific file or folder is longer, it won’t be shown.

To solve this problem, go to the online version of OneDrive, and rename the file or folder that has a long name, and it should be alright.

Method 4: Remove All OneDrive Entries From Your Registry

  • Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Now press Enter or click OK.

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  • Go to Edit > Find.

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  • In Find what field enter one drive and make sure to check all Look at options. Now click Find next.

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  • Once you find OneDrive entries, remove them, and repeat the previous step. Keep repeating this process until you remove all OneDrive entries from your PC.

This process can take some time, so have patience.

Method 5: Keep Your Windows Up To Date

  • Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  • Once the Settings app opens, go to the Update & Security section.

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  • Now click on Check for updates button.

Missing OneDrive From File Explorer

OneDrive is built-in in Windows 10, and if OneDrive is missing from File Explorer, you might be able to fix this problem simply by installing the missing updates.

Windows already installs the missing updates automatically, but sometimes you might miss an update or two.

Windows will now check for available updates. If any updates are available, they will be downloaded automatically in the background.

Once you download the updates, your PC will install them when you restart it. After you install the updates, check if the problem persists.

Method 6: Modify Your Registry

  • Open Registry Editor.
  • Now navigate to this key on your PC:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive 
    • If you don’t have this key in your registry, you need to create it manually.Missing OneDrive From File Explorer
    • To do that, right-click the Windows key and choose New > Key from the menu.
    • Enter OneDrive as the name of the new key and navigate to it.
    • Now look for DisableFileSyncNGSC key in the right pane and double-click to open it.
    • If it’s missing, simply right-click the space in the right pane and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    • Now enter DisableFileSyncNGSC as the name of the new key. Double-click the newly created DWORD.Missing OneDrive From File Explorer
      • Now change the Value data to and click OK to save changes.

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You might be able to fix the problem by modifying your registry. Once you make these changes, the problem with OneDrive should be resolved entirely.

Restart your computer/PC to see the final result.

Method 7: Make changes To Your Group Policy

  • Press Windows Key + R and enter gpedit.msc. Now press Enter or click OK.

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  • In the left pane, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive.
  • Now double-click Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage to open its properties.

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  • When the properties window opens, set the policy to Not Configured and click Apply and OK to save changes.

Missing OneDrive From File Explorer

If OneDrive is missing from your PC, the problem might be your group policy. Sometimes certain policies can be set that will prevent OneDrive from working properly. However, you can always manually disable these policies.

After doing that, OneDrive should start working again and you won’t have any issues with it.

Method 8: Run OneDriveSetup.exe File

Sometimes this problem can appear if your OneDrive isn’t configured properly. However, you can easily fix the problem by running the OneDriveSetup.exe file. To do that, just do the following:

  • Press Windows Key + R and enter%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\Update.
  • Press Enter or click OK to proceed.

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  • The Update directory will now appear. Double click OneDriveSetup.exe and follow the instructions on the screen to set up OneDrive.

After doing that, the problem with OneDrive should be resolved and everything should start working again.

Hope so this tutorial was helpful, We are grateful for the trust you have placed in us.

Regards: Team Windows Boy.

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