OneDrive for Business: Changing from legacy client to modern OneDrive client


I have had two annoying issues with OneDrive for Business O365 for a while now.  First it constantly says processing changes.  Other posts claim this is due to sharing documents with others.  I wonder if those changes can’t occur if the shared to AD account is disabled.  The second issue is the lack of little green check box sync status in Windows Explorer.  While playing around I found a solution.

Heads Up: Keep in mind if you have the modern OneDrive for Business or are happy you don’t need to do this.  There are also some technet articles about a reg hack to do the following.  Looks like this is the fix for the fix 🙂

  1. Go to Task Tray and right click OneDrive (NOT For Business) and open settings
  2. onedrive-for-business-settings
  3. Account Tab >> Add an Account
  4. onedrive-for-business-add-an-account
  5. Add your work account and sign in.
  6. onedrive-for-business-sign-in
  7. At this point you should be redirected to your corporate portal to sign in
  8. That’s it

This changed my OneDrive for Business client to the modern version.  Really much better for knowing your sync status.  However, I lost most of my right click options to share from Windows Explorer.

I also got a lot of errors about Explorer.exe file association missing  After like 20 popups it sorted itself out.

onedrive-for-business-explorer-exe-errorI find it interesting that the Sync Status of Processing is completed.  I do wonder if this change above fixed it or if one of the other things I tried with sharing permissions fixed the issue.


Author: shauncassells

Shaun Cassells, Senior Solutions Engineer, 1E Shaun is a Microsoft MVP Windows Insider MVP and executive at Central Texas Systems Management User Group (CTSMUG). Shaun is a frequent speaker at conferences like MMS, Gartner, TechEd Europe, TechEd North America, IT Dev Connections, System Center Rallies, and Systems Management User Groups (SMUGs). Shaun is an award winning blogger syndicated from Shaun specializes in analysis, optimization, and design of Tactical Solutions to Strategic Business Goals. Prior to joining 1E in 2010, he worked for a Global 100 company as the Configuration Manager Service Owner and Architect. Recently as a Principle Consultant at 1E, he accomplished design, review, and improvements to a variety of Configuration Manager environments from the very small to sites with a half million seats. He provided leadership that created a patented automated application rationalization and usage based OSD mapping solution in use by multiple fortune 500 companies. These days you can find Shaun traveling to help discover, review, and improve business productivity across the world.

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