Install and setup OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in Windows

Microsoft silently rolled out OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7. I said silent roll out because I missed this some how. I've learned about it when some of my users started having sync problem using their files on OneDrive or SharePoint.

By the way just a friendly reminder, the free upgrade to Windows 10 is until July 29, 2016. There is no reason not to upgrade to Windows 10.

Things to check first ...Screenshot of searching for the OneDrive desktop app in Windows 10

If you're using Windows 10 or Office 2016, you probably have OneDrive client on your workstation. You can skip to Step 2 below.
Search "onedrive" to check if you have it. You should see a OneDrive Desktop app.

Install and Setup
  1. Install the Windows version of the new OneDrive for Business sync client. It's a simple process to install. You don't need to restart your computer.
  2. In the task bar navigation area, right-click the white OneDrive cloud icon and select Settings.
    The right-click menu for the OneDrive icon.
    (You might need to click the Show hidden icons arrow next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon. If the icon doesn't appear in the notification area, OneDrive might not be running. Click Start, type OneDrive in the search box, and then click OneDrive in the search results.)
  3. In Settings, select Account, and then select Add an account.
    The Account tab in OneDrive settings.
    When OneDrive Setup starts, enter your work or school account, and then select Sign in to set up your account.Screenshot of the first screen of OneDrive Setup

Key points in OneDrive Setup

There are two screens in OneDrive Setup that are helpful to watch for:
  • On the This is your OneDrive folder screen, select Next to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files. If you want to change the folder location, select Change location - this is the best time to make this change.Screenshot of the This is Your OneDrive Folder screen in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard
  • On the Sync files from your OneDrive screen, choose the folders you want to sync, and select Next. This helps control the amount of space OneDrive files take on your computer and conserves bandwidth during sync processes. You can change this later in Settings, but this is a good opportunity as well.Screenshot of the Sync files from your OneDrive screen in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard
Note: If you were already syncing OneDrive for Business to your computer (using the previous sync client) and you've just installed the new OneDrive for Business sync client, you won't see the This is your OneDrive folder or the Sync files from your OneDrive screen during OneDrive Setup. The new OneDrive for Business sync client automatically takes over syncing in the same folder location you were using before. To choose which folders you're syncing, right-click the blue cloud icon in the taskbar notification area, and select Settings > Account > Choose folders.

Enjoy OneDrive for Business

You're all set. Your OneDrive for Business files will also appear in File Explorer window in the OneDrive – [YourTenantName] folder.
Screenshot of OneDrive for Business files in File Explorer
You now have a new blue cloud icon in your notification area and your work files are synced to your computer. Your blue cloud icon will appear as OneDrive – [YourTenantName] when you hover over the icon.
OneDrive for Business sync client
Any time you want to change the work or school folders you sync on your computer, right-click that blue cloud icon in the taskbar notification area, and select Settings > Account > Choose folders. Find other information about your account and change other OneDrive settings from here.
A screenshot showing the cursor over the Choose folders button in the Account tab in the OneDrive settings menu.

That's all.


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