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OneDrive for Windows 10 just got better at syncing large files

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What you need to know

  • The 64-bit version of OneDrive is rolling out to Windows 10 PCs.
  • It should bring better performance for syncing large files than its 32-bit counterpart.
  • Microsoft began testing the 64-bit version of OneDrive with Windows Insiders in April 2021.

Microsoft recently started rolling out the 64-bit version of OneDrive to Windows 10 PCs. The new version of the cloud syncing app should handle large files better than the 32-bit version available previously. Jason Moore, head of product for OneDrive and Microsoft Lists, shared news of the rollout on Twitter.

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After switching to the 64-bit version of OneDrive, syncing large files and syncing large numbers of files should be faster. In terms of user interface and design, the app appears identical to the 32-bit version of OneDrive.

Microsoft explains the benefits of the 64-bit version of OneDrive in a Tech Community post (opens in new tab) from when it first rolled out to Insiders:

The 64-bit version is the right choice if you plan to use large files, if you have a lot of files, and if you have a computer that's running a 64-bit version of Windows. Computers running 64-bit versions of Windows generally have more resources—such as processing power and memory—than their 32-bit predecessors. Also, 64-bit applications can access more memory than 32-bit applications (up to 18.4 million Petabytes).

At this time, there isn't an ARM64 version of the 64-bit version of OneDrive.

Sean Endicott
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5 Comments
  • Wow, I am shocked that the One drive client is still 32bit, how much more of Windows 10 and Windows 11 for that matter is still 32 bit? Not that it makes any difference to me, I have never used one drive client, in fact it is disabled on my machine.
  • Well, they were quick to roll that out. I already have the 64-bit edition and its versioning is lower than the one in the Twitter announcement 😏
  • Same here. But I did notice a difference when switching from 32 to 64. Once in a while there's a handful of very large files I need to use, and those sync really quickly now. I imagine this is extremely important for video producers and editors!
  • Windows has been 64-bit for years. Explain why ANY app in the ecosystem be installed x86 unless by request? Brain-dead? Just downloaded EdgeDev monthly and (you guessed it) it's not 64-bit. Let me get this straight. First Redmond shafts users with updates that booby-trap normally functioning PCs over the past year or so and then takes it sweet time fixing said forced windows updates. Next, it falls victim to rogue state actors exploiting its exhange servers. Then, it deep-sixes windows 10 (supposedly the last windows ever) and then locks out huge numbers of its userbase, changes its mind due to backlash, and erracticly decides it's unwise to torque-off half of the world by forcing hardware upgrades upon it -- but then out of the other side of its mouth says those who do no comply with complusory hardware upgrades will receive no security updates, ever? Huh? Look. understand today's zero day exploits are changing the entire landscape but what gives with amateur stop-and-start method of PR? Just who is clunking around in that lab? Do we trust the decision-making either? Just saying. Is new head guy the reason?
  • I think OneDrive can handle Windows 10x just 7.6GB.