I would like to know how to pause onedrive from syncing using a command in the cmd. I am doing this because I have my .minecraft folder shared in onedrive and when I am playing minecraft, it is really slow and onedrive tries to sync the data that is being used. Right now I have to pause it with right clicking the folder and clicking pause but I would like to know the code to stop it with cmd so I can made a .bat file to pause onedrive and then start minecraft. If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know.

Thanks, Kyle5953c

  • I am not aware of a method to control OneDrive from just a command console by itself. You can pause it through windows explorer though.
    – Ramhound
    Apr 7, 2015 at 18:26
  • You can write an AutoIt/AHK script I suppose to automate the right-clicking and pausing, then execution of Minecraft. As for script access to OneDrive sync directly, perhaps it's possible via PowerShell and the Live API: 1, 2, 3.
    – Karan
    Apr 7, 2015 at 19:01
  • I don't have a window s8.1 machine in front of me, but I'm pretty sure OneDrive still uses skydrive.exe in the \windows\system32\ folder. Try skydrive /shutdown to stop it... Apr 7, 2015 at 19:22
  • You can also use process -s onedrive.exe from beyondlogic to sleep the process. You run the same command line to resume.
    – Sun
    Apr 13, 2015 at 16:55
  • Have you tried: taskkill /f /im (onedrive's sync process)?
    – Roke
    Sep 14, 2015 at 14:20

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You can stop it by running a batch file that will loop so it will stop onedrive until you exit:

Taskkill /f /im onedrive.exe
Goto loop

If you want to do it manually, then simply just do Taskkill /f /im onedrive.exe

Please run this batch file once you have started minecraft. Tested on Windows 7


A more graceful way to stop OneDrive than TASKILL or PSSUSPEND is:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe /shutdown

Use pssuspend https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/pssuspend

pssuspend onedrive minecraft pssuspend -r onedrive


I had the same problem, and I solved it as follows: Suspend (shutdown) Onedrive:

"%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive" /shutdown

Resume Onedrive:

start "OneDrive" /B "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive" /background

Without the start command, Onedrive becomes a subtask of your batch command, and it never comes back. /background suppresses user prompts

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