Reinstall OneDrive in Windows 11

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage and file sync utility, it’s built into Microsoft365, and it’s an incredibly useful feature.  Sometimes however you can find that OneDrive becomes corrupt, fails to work on a PC, and can be run at all.  Luckily there’s are easy fixes you can implement to reinstall OneDrive to get it working again.

  1. Search in the Start Menu for Command Prompt and then right-click it and select Run as Administrator
  2. Type taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe to stop any running OneDrive processes
  3. Type the following command will uninstall OneDrive %systemroot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe
  4. Open a web browser and visit https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/download/ and click the Download link.
  5. Download and run the OneDrive installer app.

If you don’t see the OneDrive sign-in dialog appear once OneDrive has been reinstalled, look in the System Tray at the far right of the desktop Taskbar for the OneDrive icon: note you may have to click the expand (˄) icon in the System Tray to display the OneDrive icon.  Click this and you will be prompted to sign-into OneDrive, and with this done you can choose which folders you want visible, or syncing to your PC.

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