By Ivy / Last update November 18, 2020

Windows 7 OneDrive Sync Problems

Windows 7 OneDrive Sync issues

I have a problem with OneDrive, I have been using OneDrive for several years, it’s going perfect and never gives me any problems. My computer and iPhone are also installed the OneDrive application. However, 2 weeks ago, I have discovered that files saved to OneDrive not synced on my PC, so I can’t access these files via the application on my iPhone or online. I click on the OneDrive icon and a window pops up saying that all my files are up to date. If I open up OneDrive, there are some files need to be synced as indicated. Therefore, OneDrive sync problems confused me.

Besides, I can upload files from the app on my phone, and these files sync with OneDrive and the OneDrive desktop folder on my PC. However, if I add a file via my PC, it does not sync. Can anyone have any ideas to help me out, Thanks.


Fix OneDrive Not Syncing in Windows 10/8/7

If you can’t sync files between your computer and OneDrive like the OneDrive desktop sync app not connecting, OneDrive not syncing all files, OneDrive sync is slow and other OneDrive sync problems, you may try the following solutions to fix the Windows 7 OneDrive sync problems:

Solution 1. Restart the OneDrive App

It’s the first method you can have a try when you meet OneDrive sync problem on your Windows 7/8/10 computer. Go to the notification area and right-click the OneDrive icon > Close OneDrive > Close OneDrive, then restart OneDrive again(input OneDrive in Windows search box, select OneDrive desktop app to open) to make sure OneDrive is running on your PC.

Close Onedrive

Solution 2. Finish Setting up OneDrive

Just in case you are using a new computer, you may probably haven't finished the OneDrive configuration. Open Explorer > click the OneDrive folder > select the folders and files you want to sync in the Finish setting up OneDrive wizard.

Solution 3. Ensure the Size of the File

Please make sure the files or folders you intend to sync to OneDrive is not larger than 15 GB, which is the maximum file size limitation of OneDrive service. You can try to zip the files or folders. Right-click the file/folder you want to zip > choose Send to > select Compressed (zipped) folder > then you will see a new zipped folder with the same name is created in the same location.

Solution 4. Reset OneDrive

Try to reset OneDrive if the OneDrive sync seems to be stuck for a long time. The operation will re-sync all your OneDrive files. Press the Windows key and R key to open Run box > enter: %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset > click OK.

Reset Onedrive

Solution 5. Check the File Path

The Windows 7/8/10 OneDrive sync problem may happen due to the length of the path. The entire path, including the file name, must contain fewer than 255 characters. You can try to make the file name shorter and avoid having too many subfolders.

Solution 6. Re-connect Your OneDrive to Windows

The connection between OneDrive and Windows will be interrupted by the poor internet sometimes. The OneDrive may not sync properly because of the disconnection. Therefore, you can simply resolve Windows 7/8/10 OneDrive not syncing problem by re-connecting OneDrive to Windows: Unlink the PC from OneDrive and Run OneDrive Again.

In the notification area, right-click the OneDrive icon > More > Settings > Unlink this PC > Unlink Account, then sign in OneDrive again and sync files to check if it works.

Unlink This Pc

Solution 7. Check Your Windows Update

The OneDrive not syncing problem may occur when your system lacking important Windows updates. You can have a check whether there’s a new update. It’s recommended to update Windows manually. Go to Control Panel > System & Security > Windows Update to have a check.

Windows Updates

Solution 8. Check Your Computer’s Storage Space

Please make sure that your computer has the same amount of available space as the storage you’ re using in OneDrive. OneDrive won’t sync files in Windows if there is no enough local storage.

Solution 9. Upgrade to OneDrive Latest Version

Install the latest version of OneDrive might help you to fix sync issues, please go to OneDrive official website to download the OneDriveSetup.exe. Then, check OneDrive not syncing in Windows 10/8/7 problems if solved or not.

Solution 10. Try Another File Syncing Tool

If all the above methods cannot help you fix the Windows 10/8/7 OneDrive not syncing issue, you can try another file syncing software to help you make it. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free Windows file synchronization tool, which is designed for Windows users including Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista/XP(including 32-bit and 64-bit). It will help you to sync files or folders to OneDrive without effort. You can sync files like photos, music, videos, work documents to OneDrive with no effort. 

With the automatic sync feature, you can sync files to OneDrive daily/weekly/monthly. In this way, you won’t worry about forgetting to backup important data someday.

Following, we will walk you through all the steps to sync files or folders to OneDrive safely, now please download and install AOMEI Backupper Standard, then run the procedure.

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Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP

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Step 1. To repair OneDrive not syncing in Windows 7/8/10, select Sync at the left panel and click Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Click + Add Folder to choose the files or folders that you prefer to synchronization. Change Task Name if necessary.

Add Folder

Step 3. Tap the inverted triangle icon > Select a cloud drive, choose OneDrive as destination to save the files from local folder.

Select A Cloud Drive


Step 4. Press Start Sync >> button to sync files to OneDrive in Windows 7/8/10 to avoid OneDrive not syncing problems.

Start Sync to Onedrive

Before clicking Start Sync, you could set up the following settings (It’s optional):

1. Options: It enables you to set up email notification , comment the sync task to distinguish from other tasks, run specified program or script before syncing, fast synchronization, etc.

2. Schedule: To automatically sync files and folders to OneDrive, like daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, USB plug in, and more, click Schedule and set it up.

Schedule Settings General 

If you would like to sync files and folders in real time, and always keep the synced files or folders up to date. Please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy Real-time Sync.


Find the suitable way to fix OneDrive not syncing in Windows 7/8/10 according to the above 10 ways. If the OneDrive not working problem still exists, please try another free file syncing software - AOMEI Backupper Standard to automatically sync files to OneDrive with simple clicks, or you could sync files between two drives.

Besides, It’s not only a file synchronization software but also a hard drive cloning software, which enables you to clone hard drive to larger disk without losing data, migrate Windows 10 to SSD to speed up your computer’s performance. For Windows Server users, please try to AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy.