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How to rename the User folder in Windows 10?

Microsoft has actually documented a very simple and clean way to rename a user profile folder. EDIT Feb 2022: If you plan to use winget to manage your Windows installations at any point, note that ...
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How to rename the User folder in Windows 10?

This can be done without folder renaming and messing with registry: Create a local account with the user name you wish. Local account creation is well hidden; here is how to find it: Settings > ...
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How does OneDrive make its folder not functional for older Windows versions?

NTFS has a feature called reparse points, in which a file or directory can be tagged for special processing by the operating system. It's used to implement quite a few features – e.g. volume mount ...
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How to rename the User folder in Windows 10?

While not a direct answer to the question, a symbolic link can be a risk-free solution if the problem is not just aesthetics, but that restored or legacy configuration files or links refer to the user ...
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Duplicated Onedrive icon in explorer

According to Microsoft Forum Moderator Ruizell Rey: To resolve your concern regarding duplicated OneDrive entry, follow the steps below: Search for regedit, and then press Enter. Open ...
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How to rename the User folder in Windows 10?

I had the same problem and I have solved it as follows (using information that I found on a few other websites): Just to be safe, create a restore point. Open the Control Center, type in System ...
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How to unlink my Documents folder from my OneDrive account?

According to the Microsoft Support article linked by vembutech, you can use the following workaround. Important Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify ...
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"Incompatible Office products are installed on your machine" when opening Office documents or browsing OneDrive or SharePoint Site

You need to uninstall the stand-alone Microsoft OneDrive for Business 2013 sync client. [Edit: As noted in the comments, this issue is caused by any version of the stand-alone sync client, not just ...
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How to rename the User folder in Windows 10?

To access the Advanced User Accounts panel type netplwiz in Search the web and Windows box next to your Windows button then click or tap on Netplwiz (Windows application). In the Advanced User ...
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How to unlink my Documents folder from my OneDrive account?

You can now go to One Drive's Settings and click on Backup> Manage Backup and Stop backing up the Desktop, Pictures and Documents.
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Can't CD to Desktop anymore

Your Desktop directory has been moved to a different location. To find its new location: Create a new file on the Desktop Right-click the file and click Properties On the General tab make note of the ...
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OneDriveSetup.exe causes high CPU usage

This is a known issue since End of June 2017 when users have non English/ASCII values in their username and therefore their profile paths (C:\Users\André, C:\Users\András or Cyrillic user name). ...
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Move OneNote file to another OneDrive account

I just did this myself and found Oesten Nelson's answer helpful. However, there are some details that should be added (I can't comment on the other answer since I'm a fresh user). This was done on ...
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How to force OneDrive to synchronize?

Solution: onedrive.exe /reset onedrive.exe is located in %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\.
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Windows 10 shows OneDrive Desktop folder instead of real desktop folder

I had this exact problem and I just solved it. After removing/disabling OneDrive, navigate to the OneDrive desktop folder that is giving you problems using windows explorer (C:\Users\me\OneDrive\...
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How do I remove the OneDrive folder from my File Explorer folder tree in Windows 10?

EDIT: New technique. Since 2 upgrades ago, you can now simply uninstall Microsoft OneDrive if you don't plan to use it. To do so, open Settings->Apps and from the list, search for "Microsoft ...
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Can't remove, rename or copy old OneDrive folder (0x8007016B)

I was able to get rid of my old OneDrive folder by opening Powershell(admin). Then going to parent directory and using the command Remove-Item "OneDrive folder name" -Recurse -Force To open ...
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OneDrive missing after Windows 10 upgrade

I had a similar problem and tried all the suggested answers here without luck. What worked for me was the following : execute %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\Update\OneDriveSetup.exe It will ask ...
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Downloading a local copy of One Note from Office 365 Online

Open OneNote, then open the OneNote file in the online location. Then click File > Export > Notebook and export the notebook to a local folder. This copy will no longer be in sync with the online ...
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How to exclude node_modules directory from OneDrive synchronization?

I know this is an older question, but I ran into the same issue. The solution I came across was to first create an empty node_modules folder and then sync that with the cloud. Once the empty folder ...
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OneDrive error: OneDrive cannot connect to windows

What worked for me is following the steps in the link https://www.drivethelife.com/windows-10/there-was-a-problem-connecting-to-onedrive-windows-10.html. In an elevated prompt, type in: netsh int ip ...
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Determining if a OneDrive file is synced locally via a terminal

I think it's possible to query size-on-disk, but that could be misleading if you happened upon a sparse file, or NTFS compressed file, or something else that's legitimately smaller on disk. Instead, ...
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How to remove OneDrive icon overlay checkmarks in Windows 10

Download NirSoft ShellExView from here You're searching for the entries highlighted in this screenshot: Then restart Windows Explorer with Task Manager. Overlay icons should not appear from now on. ...
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Duplicated Onedrive icon in explorer

I have another solution, since i didn't find the folder ...\Desktop\NameSpace in my registry. I searched the registry, using the following settings: Search only by Data, text "OneDrive", comparing ...
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Downloading a local copy of One Note from Office 365 Online

Just to add that there is a distinction between OneDrive for personal use, and for corporate use. Business accounts do not allow to download notes in any way, none of the posts on this page were able ...
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Rename OneDrive for Business folder in Explorer

This is a hacky, but the only working solution: First, close OneDrive: Click the icon in the taskbar, select More... then Close OneDrive Next open Registry Explorer: Press Win + R, then type regedit ...
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Environment variables for OneDrive synchronisation folders

The answer is to use %OneDriveCommercial% as the generic prefix to share paths among people using the same corporate OneDrive, e.g., %OneDriveCommercial%\directory1\file.xyz For personal OneDrive, ...
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How to uninstall onedrive in my laptop

This article How to Completely Disable OneDrive explains your various options. For Windows 8, you can uninstall OneDrive as explained in the link: Right-click the OneDrive icon in the notification ...
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How to force a cloud storage service to synchronise an encrypted file?

How cloud synching works OneDrive support replied & told me they don't support encrypted files (i.e. they use date & file name to detect changes, not file contents \ hash). I've logged a ...
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Reinstall Onedrive desktop app after uninstall on windows 10

OneDriveSetup.exe is located under Windows\SysWOW64, per Winhelponline.
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