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How to install the OneDrive for Business on Windows PCs

 

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1. Before you start...
 

  1. Have you got your University Microsoft account yet?
    If not, follow these instructions:
    Getting started with your University Microsoft account
     
  2. Have you provisioned your OneDrive for Business account by logging in to the Office 365 portal and clicking the OneDrive tile?
    If not, follow these instructions:
    Getting started with OneDrive for Business
     

2. OneDrive for Business installation and set up
 

If you're currently using the existing OneDrive for Business sync client to sync your SharePoint content, read Transition from the existing OneDrive for Business sync client before proceeding. Which OneDrive sync client am I using?

If you're running Windows 10 or Office 2016, or if you have signed into the OneDrive client with a Microsoft account (for example, someone@outlook.com), you should already have the new OneDrive for Business sync client and you can skip to step 2 below.

Note: If you're running Windows 8.1, the new OneDrive for Business sync client will sync only your work or school account. To sync personal accounts, sign in to Windows with your Microsoft account.

  1. Install the Windows version of the new OneDrive for Business sync client.

  2. Start OneDrive Setup.

How to install OneDrive for Business for Windows

  1. Browse to https://onedrive.live.com, and click the Download link:
  2. Click the Download button below the OneDrive for Business option:
  3. You will see the 'Meet the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client' page.
    Scroll down to the 'Setup Guidance' section, and click the second Windows link (i.e. the one for users who want to set up the Next Generation Sync Client on their own):
  4. You will now see the 'Get started with the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in Windows' page.
    Scroll down to the 'Install and set up' section, and click the Deployment package link from the boxed-out panel:


     

  5. You will be asked if you want to Open or Save the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sych Client for Windows.zip file. Choose Save, and close the confirmation dialog box once the file has saved.
     
  6. Now, go back to the Microsoft web page and click the link to install the new OneDrive for Business Sync Client:
  7. You will be asked if you want to run or save OneDriveSetup.exe. Choose Save.
    The OneDrive installer will now run.
     
  8. [These instructions now assume that you are not already signed-in to a 'personal' Microsoft account.]
    You will now follow Microsoft's instructions for Method 1: If you have no accounts signed in to OneDrive:

    From the 'Deployment Package' that you downloaded in step 5 above (OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client for Windows.zip), open the DefaultToBusiness.reg file:

     

  9. In the Security Warning alert box; click Run:

     
  10. In the Registry Editor alert box, click Yes to continue:

     
  11. In the Registry Editor confirmation message, click OK to finish:

     
  12. Now, do the same for the EnableAddAccounts.reg file:

     
  13. In the Security Warning alert box; click Run:

     
  14. In the Registry Editor alert box, click Yes to continue:

     
  15. In the Registry Editor confirmation message, click OK to finish:

     
  16. OneDrive is now installed. Select the Start button, search for "OneDrive" and open the application:

    In Windows 10, open the Desktop app:

    In Windows 7, under Programs, select Microsoft OneDrive:

  17. The Welcome to OneDrive for Business wizard will now start:
  18. You will be asked to sign in – use your CRSid@cam.ac.uk email address:

    ...and you will be redirected to the University of Cambridge Active Directory to finish signing-in with your UIS Password:

     
  19. You can now choose to change the default location of your 'OneDrive – University of Cambridge' folder if you wish, or click Next to continue:

     
  20. You can choose which files in your OneDrive – University of Cambridge folder to download to your local machine (if you already have any files on OneDrive), then click Next to continue:

    Think carefully before checking the Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive option: how much free space have you got on your local hard drive (you could end up needing 1TB)? Trying to sync from the cloud without enough space on your local drive has been known to cause problems.


     

  21. Your OneDrive – University of Cambridge folder is now set up.
    A browser window will open and start the Welcome to OneDrive tutorial:

     
  22. You should now be able to see your local OneDrive – University of Cambridge folder in the File Explorer view...

    ...or by right-clicking the Microsoft Cloud icon in your taskbar (bottom right):

     

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Further information

Detailed instructions are available on Microsoft's website: 

Get started with OneDrive for Business's new sync client in Windows

Support

The OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client now supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7.
 

Known issues

The new OneDrive for Business sync client doesn't yet support syncing site libraries or on-premises instances of OneDrive for Business (when your organization doesn't subscribe to an Office 365 business plan).
 

Troubleshooting sync problems in Windows

Fix OneDrive sync problems with Windows 10, Windows 7, or Windows Vista

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