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How to overcome the placeholder limitation of OneDrive in Windows 10

Windows 10 has been out for over a month now, and thus far the operating system is hit with more than 75 million computers already upgraded. While the new operating system brings a lot of new features and changes, Microsoft is also removing what it feels isn't working or moving features in a different direction.

I've been following the Windows 10 changes since the first public preview, and among other things, one feature that has changed is OneDrive.

In the new operating system, Microsoft is removing the OneDrive modern app, and it's integrating the cloud storage service deep into Windows 10 with the desktop. But the problem is that everyone didn't exactly welcome all of the new changes.

When the company launched Windows 8.x, OneDrive included a feature known as "placeholder", which is a file that locally represents a file stored in the cloud. A placeholder is a very small file that only includes a thumbnail and metadata information that points to the original file and most of the time it uses a fraction of the local storage on your computer.

Thanks to placeholders users were able to access hundreds of gigabytes of data quickly and easily without using a lot of their local drive, which was also very beneficial for devices with limited storage.

However, the feature became a problem for Microsoft, as many users didn't realize placeholders weren't the actual files. To open the file, the end-user had to double-click a file to trigger the download, which consequently opened the file with its corresponding application. As a result, if the user didn't make the files available offline, without an internet connection they couldn't open any file.

To resolve the issue, Microsoft removed placeholders and introduced selective sync, which forces users to select what folders to sync locally. But, this means that if you have 100GB worth of data in OneDrive, those 100GB will download to your local machine as well.

While we can't technically bring the exact feature back to Windows 10, we can still mimic the same functionality by mapping OneDrive to your computer.

Mapping your OneDrive storage to your PC will allow you to browse all your files instantly. There is no syncing process, and you can create, rename, and delete files at any time.

However, keep in mind that none of the files will be available offline, and moving large files can result in a slow experience.

Here is the process:

  1. Open your web browser and sign-in to your OneDrive account, navigate to Files, and access any of the folders.
  2. Next, you'll need your unique CID ID from the address bar link, which looks something like this: "https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=777abc888dd9aaa89%1234". The ID is what comes after ?cid=. From my example, the cid is: 777abc888dd9aaa89. (Ignore anything that separates the ID such as %, &, etc.)
  3. Go to This PC and from the menu, go to Computer, and click Map Network Drive.
  4. In Folder enter this URL: https://d.docs.live.net/ and append the CID ID. The URL should now look like this: https://d.docs.live.net/777abc888dd9aaa89.
  5. Check the Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials, then click Finish and enter your OneDrive credentials and you're good to go.

You're now done. You should see the mapped drive on This PC, and you should now be able to access your files in a similar way, you used to do with placeholders.

It's worth pointing out that this solution may or may not work for everyone in the same way. Also, you can only mount one OneDrive account at a time -- you'll run into issues trying to mount a second account. I have tested the workaround, and it has worked for me.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

195 Comments
  • I miss Windows 8.1...
  • If 8.1 merely included a visual indication that something was a placeholder rather than a downloaded file, there wouldn't have been a problem. Scraping this idea altogether and replacing it with something less is not the best solution. A shortcut has an indicator, why couldn't these?
  • There actually is a visual indication when you use the OneDrive app to view the files (which is just a touch version of the file explorer). It will show a little cloud & PC icon to show that is it available offline.
  • Perhaps, but there are many places and apps where there is no indication of local or cloud. Having a standard indicator for all files in all desktop and modern apps whether music, photo, and everything else would enable an instant recognition that something was local or in the cloud.
  • Agree, consistent method across all cloud storage/download apps is essential. Nadella said Cloud first....not Cloud disaster....as this mess is!
  • Um, in win 8 on the desktop, it was really obvious. There were icons.
  • They should just have both options. I have a laptop with a large hard drive and the new OneDrive works great on that machine. I also have a 2-in-1 that only has 64 gigabytes of space, causing OneDrive to take up most of my storage. I think they should add both ways as options. It never hurts to have options. This is just my opinion though.
  • Using the details view in 8.1 automatically included the availability column. Easy to see if something was online only or available offline.
  • True, but trying telling that to someone who thinks the mouse cursor is called the "white hovering shape that points at things"...
  • Therein lies the rub. Most of MS's failures haven't been technical, but failures to properly communicate and educate it's user base when it has made changes.
  • Or they are too technical. Proper software would be more intuitive and would not require much training. You wonder why Apple sells so well! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • LOL. Maybe Paul Kinslow is right - a variation on the icons... perhaps a semi-transparent cloud covering the thumbnail. And if people can't understand that concept, then cloud storage and syncing are too complicated. You'd think this was Briefcase all over again.
  • A little cloud icon overlaid on the thumbnail. The filename and details greyed out slightly where not available locally. A pop up tip when the mouse hovers.
    A brief dialog "retrieving from your cloud storage".
    The same wizard as Win 10 which prompts users for which folders to synch.
    Really, how long would it take for users to get it?
    Windows was virtually built around the concept of files and folders. All existing Windows users understand this anyway.
    For Microsoft, reinventing itself as a cloud services company, to have screwed up cloud file storage is inexcusable. Also, there is just not enough data centre processing resource allocated to the OneDrive services because it responds too slow compared to competing providers like Dropbox.
    The other reason I understand why placeholders were removed is that they took up too much local space due to including large preview images for photos etc. Fine, remove that from the metadata altogether (or make it dependent on the local device storage).
    Perhaps extend the wizard with more options and space implications. Have notifications when storage gets low and bring back the wizard for maintenance.
    The placeholder issues were far from insurmountable, and there is massive scope to extend and improve the cloud storage integration into sharing, permissions etc.
    Microsoft REALLY needs to focus far more on this if they want to own the next generation of productivity.
    Removing placeholders was a massive setback and a bone headed and plain wrong decision.
    Forward, not backward please guys.
  • Files that were not available offline are grayed out on Win 8.1. There is a subtle visual difference, but still confusing to those who ended up getting Microsoft to take OneDrive backwards instead of simply giving users the option to either use placeholders or the way it currently is. From a Nexus 6 via the Windows Central App for Android
  • But, again, that is not universal. In many locations that does not happen. Unless indicators are consistent, people will fail to recognize what exactly they represent. The multi faceted approach mentioned by mildmanneredjanitor is needed to teach users the new concept as they use the device for other purposes.
  • Well either way I hope they can allow people into OneDrive 101 and simply give us who knew what we were doing our OneDrive back. I know they are working on changes, just hope they come out no later than the Threshold 2 in November. Still feel the best option was to give users the option for standard Win 7 OneDrive or Win 8.1 OneDrive and let users decide. Though that would sadly elicit more calls from my less tech savvy friends and family. From a Nexus 6 via the Windows Central App for Android
  • In what locations? In Win 10 there is 1 location for onedrive.
  • Apps that would access OneDrive content, for example. I believe that's what he is talking about. I know groove accessed the music folder. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • MS thought they could code anti-idiotic, but one simply cannot do that. Once you've realized that a placeholder isn't a complete file, it's your own fault not to have them downloaded before going offline. How many people could really have this problem? Properly only the same people that thing they've uninstalled a program by deleting a shortcut...
    The keyword that MS is forgetting again and again is OPTIONS. The more options we users have, the more of us will be satisfied.
  • I had a customer think they were creating backups of our software by dragging the icon to a memorystick. Computers are complicated things - sometimes you have to dumb things down for an easy life.
  • Wow, that is one big misunderstanding. But you can always dumb things down and there will still be people who f-up. In the case of placeholders MS could simply have made it so that everyone had to enable it instead of it being the default setting. That's just the right amount of dumbing down.
  • Yep, and replacing apps, that are simple to use, with folders that need the convoluted process advised here is a fail!
  • All they had to do was change the color of the text used to display the file name, and make the icon translucent/slightly greyed out. Solutions to eliminate the confusion are trivial, adn the fact that they failed to properly integrate the system into File Explorer/File Pickers/etc. is their own damn fault. I went back to using an external hard drive.  It works, it's fast, it's predictable in how it works, and I won't have to worry about it ceasing to function after an OS update or some other B.S.
  • Yeah, seriously Microsoft loves all or nothing approach and that's absolutely annoying. Also if they feel people are that confused, why not just make it turned-off by default so at least for those of us who knows about it will still use it. Microsoft said they will bring it back, but unfortunately they themselves make me (and some people) distrust them based on their history. Many of their rebirth products/services/features are mostly half-baked or inferior solution from the former. Another hot example: Zune or WMP vs Groove. If they really want to rewrite something, can they at least leave the current solution until the new and truly better ones is ready, so users (not all though) won't be frustrated by their execution of things. Execution which is actually still consistent issue with Microsoft but at least they're improving though which is a good thing.
  • Windows did (and probably still has) a limit on the amount of overlays that can be used.  Came across this a couple of years back with Tortoise SVN and a few others installed, some worked whilst others didnt.  I think a lot of it comes down to the antiquated file system that Windows still uses.  It simply gets ignored version after version, I really wish they would spend some attention on one of the most important parts of the OS :(
  • If you think NTFS is antiquated, what do you think about ext and HFS+? By the way: The limit on overlays has squat to do with NTFS...
  • me too, w10 is the worst for tablets, onedrive is useless.
  • Can we upload files by copying them to this mapped drive ? Or should I use browser ?
  • Yeah you can, I've done it, I need to reconnect to the drive every time I reboot though
  • What? It's pretty much explained properly. People didn't realize that Online Only files are not available locally aka Offline so they reverted back to OneDrive circa Windows 7 and Mac style. Those of us who actually knew WTF was going on and how it worked are upset that they reverted it back. I'm not going to bother trying this out as I've just got a single folder on my SP 3 named "Surface Uploads" that I drag files going to my OneDrive to. Then I move them where they really need to go via the still horrible and inconsistent web interface and the files are then auto deleted from my computer. I do this on both my SP3 and Mac even though it's aggravating. From a Nexus 6 via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's something people can at least try and see if it works for them in the meantime until MS releases whatever they are currently working on. I've yet to see this posted on WC before in the past and can understand why it was posted because it can be a Band-Aid for certain people, just not me. Same as opening an article posted here, we can choose to open, read and comment or just roll our eyes and move on. Some people just do not have enough opportunities in their daily lives to complain enough offline, so that is why online forms and comment sections are flooded with nonsense. Not sure which side you're on just yet. Are you complaining that WC is putting out info for people to try to help them during this OneDrive transition, or just think it's stupid unnecessary clickbait? From a Nexus 6 via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Well done. +1
  • Which is why the article itself says "it will not work for everyone" right at the end. Still, it's a workaround that is better than nothing. Or the BETTER solution is just to browse through the website or not sync files using select sync. N
  • it is slow and I have to log in (in to this folder) after every restart.... Far worse experience..
  • Just prevent OneDrive from loading when you start Windows in task manager.
    This way it only sync when you actually open OneDrive.
  • Eh. Not the best solution (just because it's a hack and has the same issue as before, though both issues aren't issues for the power user). If file explorer got an overhaul it would be easier to discern local vs online, and this will be more important as cheaper machines and more widespread internet proliferate the world.
    I dunno the answer but maybe tabs of the same folder. Different sections would get cluttered fast... Hmmmm
  • What "desktop app" are you referring to? There is NO app, exe, etc for OneDrive on Windows 10.
  • If it ever crashes, just opening the folder again, gets the process running again... So it's an app, sorta, just backgroundish.
  • You are describing the SERVICE it is NOT an app.
    There is a difference and they are not the same thing - not at all.
    Yes just like the SkyDrive.exe SERVICE operates on Windows 7/8.
  • Me?
    Services, processes, background agents, whatever.
  • OneDrive.exe...it's an app and a service. Breathe child...it will be ok. :)
  • Look in the notification tray in the taskbar. And there is an exe...OneDrive.exe. It doesn't work on magic.
  • OneDrive was more seamless on the Desktop under 8.1. Miss placeholders so much. Using OneDrive much less and considering alternatives so I hope they bring placeholders back.
  • Since OneDrive no longer allows for placeholders and requires that each device carries a copy of the file/folder I have switched my focus from OneDrive to BitTorrent Sync 2.x  -- It uses place holders -- JUST LIKE ONEDRIVE (or nearly the same) and now I can sync all of my files -- not just the ones which will fit on OneDrive to ALL my devices from my phone, tablet, pc etc -- just not directly to the Xbox, but that has network access to all the files anyway. In all, I have 9 folder branches totaling over 13 TB (terabytes) all syced from my home pc to my other devices and can share them across the country/world to my family and friends who I can give read-only, read-write or even ownship over any folder-branch. If BitTorrent can make a multiplatform sync tool just as good as Microsoft's, then how difficult can it be if you make the actual operating system! :)
  • BT Sync is a tool for power users. MS has to deal with everyone else too.
  • And sadly we have to suffer because of those who do not "get it". From a Nexus 6 via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Thankfully, Windows is an open platform with alternatives. Bit torrent sync, drop box, box, sugar sync, etc, etc. MS needs to focus on the common denominator, while other operators can tailor software aimed at power users. Options exist on Windows, and not every solution for a power user needs to be from MS. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • One word: Unbelievable
  • I have done this before during Windows 7 era. Indeed the big problem of this is its too slow to use. I don't remember why I had it, maybe for fun. This is just a workaround but hardly a solution to the missing feature. They really have to bring back this feature in TH2 up to Redstone. There is a reason indeed but the reasoning seems lame and cannot outweigh the benefits. No to mention, you can turn off placeholders. Now with huge OneDrive storage, its a bit useless.
  • Yes, Placeholders should have just gone to being turned OFF by default, so that it wouldn't confuse the masses. Then, allow power users that know what to do with them enable them. I think that would have been ideal, but according to some I have spoken with (nothing confirmed yet), Microsoft had done away with placeholders now due to future incompatibilities with the way they will be implementing OneDrive for Business. Can't say for sure, but supposedly the new way they plan on handling it would not allow placeholders. Can't say how reliable the info was.
  • The forums and Innerwebz in general have been explaining this procedure before Windows 10 was even released. It's been around since Moby Dick was a minnow. We, the members of this community would be better served if the Windows Central staff could look into Microsoft's plans to bring back placeholders. (Instead of regurgatating what has been shared ad naseum).
  • +1
  • Yes...but....ad revenue.
    Gotta think about the ads!
  • There are lots of ads!
  • I really hope you are being sarcastic (if you are, always add a "/s" at the end). You do realize when you are running a website, you have to pay for servers that allows millions of users (WindowsCentral is pretty popular, don't underestimate it). You also have to make sure that the writers are paid for their time - why would someone write articles for free, every day?
  • It has been looked into on numerous occasions. Microsoft has NO plans to bring back placeholders no matter how many complaints. No use in waiting for a brown horse to turn green. 
  • This drive mapping was actually the method for connecting SharePoint libraries back when it was the BPOS days prior to Groove being renamed to birth SkyDrive. And drive mappings over a wan connection have always been horrible because it's legacy OS functionality engineered before the internet even existed.
  • I never saw this and think it's helpful. I don't read other blogs regularly. Plus this site is for regular folks too.
  • Hasn't Microsoft made an official statement regarding brining the placeholder feature back this Fall?
    If that is still there case, then I can suffer through using the browser to access my files a little longer. I put a high value to my files and I'm not going to tempt fate and possibly lose my data, corrupt my data, or have synchronization issues down the line.
  • One of the best feature of Windows 8/8.1 is now mess up by people who don't read and think that all folders could be access off line. It directly said Available or make available off line. All they had to do was to right click and press make available off line Grrrrrrr :(. Microsoft is to be blamed too because all they had to do was to show users how to use OneDrive with more promotion videos.
  • Forget the promotion videos, they needed a auto pop up tutorial at first use and easily launchable from the start menu. Not burying it under some KB article or help page that 0.5% of the worlds population will ever venture into lol. When was the last time you read "I read the help page in the o/s" anywhere on the web? If anything, this shows that Microsoft is run engineers, talented but lacking in the marketing dept. Apple, run by Marketers, who happen to be talented engineers. Yes, I'm not going into the whole political thing of who copied who...
  • Wasn't entirely that simple. At the same time MS was moving to unlimited cloud storage, their OEM partners were churning out 8-16G tablets. Placeholders aren't the whole file, but they do take up space. Basic calculus ;) will tell you a whole lotta nothing adds up to something. I had a tablet or two that choked on just the placeholders, and few offline files, until I moved OneDrive to the SD. That doesn't seem to be an option in Win 10 anymore either. Seems to make sense though, promise unlimited cloud storage but make it a pain to take advantage off. Saves money. I'd have been fine keeping the Modern OneDrive app as that was way more convenient in accessing cloud storage than firing up a browser, now that there is no good way of accesssing your unlimited storage.. It doubled as a touch friendly 'File Manager' too. Made too much sense I guess.
  • This is hit and miss for me. Often difficult to get logged in. And twice my tablet has crashed badly while trying to get access to it. But, better this than nothing.
  • Once again...microsoft says they are listening. Everyone Js yelling they want this back, and after telling us they are listening Microsoft says, "no, no, we are telling you you dont want this". This is the Zune Conundrum. Even though everyone and their mother has yelled for Zune ro come back in whatever naming convention they want to call it, they keep saying, "no,no. Trust us..you dont want Zune back"
  • Maybe somebody will write a good and fast application that will act as OD with placeholders even if it will be only inside this application and outside will one see only the downloaded files. What is worst with the new modern better improved deeply integrated OneDrive is that you cannot download files selectively or even find the file without syncing the whole folder or using web browser. Microsoft may call it integration, I call it BS.
  • You could be describing the BitTorrent Sync app (yes, it's an app, not a service) it works just like your description!
  • I'm using ODRIVE to get around Microsoft's Onedrive placeholder foolishness. It allows me to choose what is synced local or online. What's nice is that I can also do this this most other cloud storage providers such as DropBox. ...and it's free.
  • I've used ODrive as well for a while. I am still waiting for "placeholders" to come back in some form. I have also been talking to the Microsoft OneDrive development team as well about this issue. I like the way that Windows 10 OneDrive work with Office 2016 (Office 365) now as well.    
  • I don't want to mess around.... I will wait for  MS to bring back the placeholder on windows 10
  • Besides the idiotic choice to not include the placeholder approach to OneDrive in Windows 10, I also hate that they got rid of the Metro OneDrive app.  I hope they bring it back.  The only thing missing from the Win8.1 app is that it doesn't see shared folders like the phone version does. 
  • I used to use the placeholders to move videos into, wait for them to sync, then click "make online only" If I move a video into the mapped drive, will it make it only only, therbey keeping it in my or drive but removing it from my hardrive? Or will it keep the local copy?
  • Moving into the drive will put a copy online only. And then it will be slow to use. But it is equivalent of the end result of your two steps.
  • It will upload directly - and fail multiple times (in my case/s), without you even noticing. The larger the file and/or the larger the number of files you selected for upload, the higher the risk of it not being uploaded at all or correctly. No thanks, I went back to Windows 8.1
  • The only thing that makes me stay on 8.1... Oh and the lenovo drivers not available for u410 too Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I really hate this way to use OneDrive. I haven't used OneDrive since upgrading to windows 10 just because I don't want to define which folders I want to sync, I liked it the way it was in windows 8.1
  • I wish Microsoft would make placeholders optional. If it's unclear to some users, disable it by default and let the power users enable it themselves.
  • Yes, exactly!! If MS is so hell bent on having "selective sync for dumb people" (I coined that phrase... thank you), then they should at least have the option for "placeholders for smart people" (I coined that phrase too) :) Heck they can default it to selective sync too, and then all us smart people can just turn it off! Hehe.
  • They are very good at suggesting what they want users to select, express vs. custom settings or local vs. MS account come to mind, so why not hide placeholders like that too. I would not mind going to the 20th tab in OD settings to turn placeholders on and let those less fortunate have their 'cloud' storage with all their files synced locally.
  • Confused people causing a lot of trouble. First, they ruined WinRT, now they crippled OneDrive...
  • Yep. Nothing wrong with RT. The whinny bitches that wanted full blown Windows (to god damn stupid to just go buy a flown blown tablet), and the confused people (which aren't as stupid as the whinny group, because at least they were just confused....not dumb as hell), wrecked RT.
  • Lol
  • Thank you!
  • Armchair quarterbacks galore here as usual. MS have said the old placeholder scheme had performance and reliability issues and also confusing to non-techies. It's gone now. Get over it. They did say they will bring back some features. Not sure which. Just hang on or switch to Dropbox or Google Drive for placeholders...oh wait, they don't have placeholders either.
  • One can always downgrade to 8.1. And being mediocre like other similar programmes isn't exactly something to aspire to.
  • I could live with an online only limitation if I could see OneDrive in my folder options when I go to open or save a file. But noooooo. The only way to see OneDrive anywhere other than a browser window is to sync the whol freakin thing (selective sync is a joke). Oh wait. One of my computers has a meager 20 GB C: drive and syncing to the SD card IS NO LONGER AN OPTION (it worked with 8.1). GET OVER IT? Microsoft's solution has relegated my ultra portable to a browser box. It was wonderful being able to take it with me and get stuff done away from home. So much for making us more productive... Believe me, I'd roll back to 8.1 if I could, but that's not an option because I can't even buy a street copy of 8.1 anymore. BTW, not an armchair quarterback. I'm a user who makes a living working on the computer. Pretty sure I'm not the only one.
  • Just put your frequently accessed files into a folder(s) and sync that to your portable device. Problem solved. I do expect they will bring back the OneDrive app so you don't have to use the web browser every time you want to browse your OneDrive folders (that aren't sync'ed).
  • Your solution won't work for me, TK. I have several clients and keep their files separate. On any given project, I need to access templates and images, large spreadsheets, a couple of local databases and slide decks containing pro forma slides (especially since the deprecation of a true SharePoint slide library). I have about 8 GB of storage available on the C drive, and since that's the only drive available for syncing... Yeah, NO. I'm sure that's a viable solution for some, but workarounds are a poor alternative to the functionality we had with 8.1.
  • I understand that's a valid use case for the old placeholder to shine, but MS apparently had trouble making it work fast and reliable for *all* users including myself. For now, it looks like we have two choices: 1) upgrade your device to one with larger storage so you can sync those big files spread across multiple folders. 2) If possible, somehow restructure your client file management to work under the new scheme. I went with #2 myself. Fortunately it wasn't a big deal for me but your mileage may vary. In any case, the placeholders are gone and not coming back because I'm sure MS have their reasons. Better to spend time adjusting to the new scheme than keep complaining about it in online forums.
  • We all understand your point but according to what you're saying that this tradeoff is in favor of reliability and speed, well here's a fact for you, i use both dropbox and onedrive  on all my windows 10 devices, by the time onedrive finish processing changes to check if any modification is done to my files i would have uploaded 1GBs of content through dropbox. The worst piece of windows 10 is onedrive. Period.
  • @tk2011, enough people complained about the start button missing, guess what made a comeback in windows 8.1/10......
  • @Akira Some choose to feel entitled and angry. Unlike some here who seem to think MS engineers with advanced CS degrees from the best schools in the world are the stupidest people in the world, I choose to believe MS have their reasons for the change . So I adapt and move on. After all, Windows still works great for me.
  • Entitled? Because I want the functionality that Microsoft delivered with a previous version of Windows (which I PAID for)? Because they've promoted Windows 10 like it was the ultimate and universal OS, yet have failed badly by not considering devices with diverse storage capacities? What's happening with Win10 on WP? I'm not about to brick my 920 by testing it, but I'd be curious how OneDrive deals with WP... Are files stored online visible on the phone or do you have to sync this device like you do a PC? Glad to hear Winows works great for you, TK. Some of us actually need to get work done.
  • @Nerdy "I PAID for", "failed badly.." See what I mean by "entitled"? It's a free OS upgrade. You can choose to upgrade or not, nobody is forcing you. Things change with new OSes. You see one feature gone and it's all "failed badly". Maybe to you but not me. "not considering devices with diverse storage capcities": That's precisely why they said they are making the switch. The previous scheme was not fast and reliable for some people. Have you tried to sync 50000 files, yes placeholder files, on a slow eMMC tablet with no option to sync selectively? W10M is running pretty well on my 920 but I wouldn't recommend it to people who use it for work. Yes, it has the OneDrive app so you can browse for your files just as in WP8.1.
  • you forgot the third option , downgrade to Windows 8.1 If you for some reason cant reinstall it on your comput6er if it came with Windows 8.1 or 8  buy a license:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Windows-8-1-Pro-Download-licence/dp/B00F3ZN0CC    
  • LOL. Yeah, NO, JudaZuk. My little porta-PC only cost $150 (on sale at Microsoft Store - now I know why) + $25 for a 64 GB SD card. I'm not shelling out $100 for another license for Win 8.1. Not worth it. Maybe I'll replace it with a Mac (after all, what's one money pit compared to another?) Sadly, the SSD storage is soldered on the mobo, so I can't even upgrade C...
  • Nerdy Woman, it is possible to use a different drive to sync OneDrive to, not sure if this includes SD cards though. This is chosen when setting up OneDrive. To change go to OneDrive settings and select unlink OneDrive then set it back up using the new location.
  • Thanks for the thought, Boggy. Been there, done that. I've got a 500 GB Toshiba Satellite external HD. But it's roughly the size of a pack of index cards with a 15" tether that occupies the 2nd of 2 USB ports (the first used by a nano-connector for my mouse). Moreover it draws power from the PC. Result? It will sync with OneDrive but definitely not a portable solution. A flash drive works as well and I have a 16 GB. But it, too, sucks battery. The sync worked fine with the SD card in 8.1. But in their infinite wisdom, Microsoft probably spent at least a million trying to defend their cloud storage (remember SkyDrive), probably a few hundred thousand promoting it and encouraging people to sign up for Office 365 by offering a full TB of OneDrive storage, probably some extensive coding resources integrating it with Office apps, and now, they've relegated it to Windows 98 Briefcase status. I would soooo roll back to 8.1 if I could lay hands on a legit key. My factory reset got wiped out when I did the Insider thing...
  • Be careful when telling the very people who are responsible for the success of the windows platform to "get over it" because if enough people get over it they could just get over it and move on to another platform.
  • Yeah right Dropbox got the placeholders working great.
  • worthpointing out that if you've two step verification enabled, that you'll need to use your 'app' password (from account.live.com in the security section) and not the password associated with your microsoft account, otherwise it wont log on
  • Not coming back- skip to 47:17 @ https://myignite.microsoft.com/#/videos/54eca7cb-3595-e411-b87f-00155d5066d7  
  • TY for sharing this video, Apollo. Of course, that was back in May. With 7,000+ votes in uservoice.com, they might want to rethink that.... Meanwhile, uservoice indicates that they are working on bringing back sync to SD cards. That will help.
  • This is not an acceptable solution! OneDrive was awesome in Windows 8.1. Now it is useless. Microsoft has an awful habit of building amazing features that everyone loves, and then killing them shortly thereafter. Anyways, it's time to beg them to bring it back. It's already the top voted suggestion on OneDrive User Voice, but more votes are always good: http://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/8888062...
  • They need to make it optional... I personally found it extremely helpful!
  • Selective sync is useless.... which is why I stopped using Dropbox. Now onedrive is almost useless. Another dumb move by Microsoft.