How to revert the OneDrive library sync client from onedrive.exe to groove.exe

Note: This article applies only to the previous OneDrive for work or schoolsync app (groove.exe). In most cases, we recommend that you use the newer OneDrive sync app (onedrive.exe) instead. Which OneDrive app?

Problem

After you upgrade to the OneDrive Next Generation sync client (onedrive.exe) from the earlier OneDrive sync client (groove.exe), you cannot re-enable groove.exe to sync your OneDrive library.

This article discusses how to stop onedrive.exe from syncing your OneDrive for work or school library and to then use groove.exe to sync that library. 

Solution

To enable groove.exe to sync your OneDrive library, follow these steps.

Disable onedrive.exe from syncing a OneDrivesite

  1. Find the correct OneDrive cloud in the notification area on your taskbar. When you move your pointer over the correct OneDrive cloud icon, you should see OneDrive - <organization name>. Any other combination of text, like OneDrive – Up to date or OneDrive – Personal is not the correct icon.

  2. Right-click the OneDrive - <organization name> cloud, and then click Settings.

  3. Select the Account tab, and then click Unlink OneDrive.

  4. Close the sign-in dialog box.

Modify the registry to allow for groove.exe to sync a OneDrive site

Important: Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

  1. Locate the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Common\Groove

  2. Double-click the DisableMySiteSync key.

  3. Change the Value data field to zero (0), and then click OK.

Finish setting up sync for OneDrive

  1. Restart your computer.

  2. Browse to your OneDrive website.

  3. Press the Sync button on the top toolbar of your site.

  4. When you're prompted, click Sync Now to start the sync application wizard. The wizard automatically fills in the name and web address of the library.

  5. Click Sync Now in the wizard to start syncing.

  6. You can click Show my files in the wizard to open the synced library folder in File Explorer. The folder is listed in your Favorites.

More information

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