OneDrive Does Not Start After Running a Privacy Tool in Windows 10

When you double-click the OneDrive shortcut or run the OneDrive.exe executable directly, the application doesn’t open and no OneDrive icon is shown in the Notification area.

This could happen if the OneDrive has been disabled by a Policy setting, either manually or by using a 3rd party program. For example, if you used Spybot Anti-Beacon to stop tracking issues in the Operating System, you may have inadvertently disabled OneDrive. To make OneDrive function again, disable the Policy in the respective program.

Alternately, right-click Start, and click Command Prompt (Admin). Type the following command and press {ENTER}:

reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive /v DisableFileSyncNGSC /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f


reg delete HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive /v DisableFileSyncNGSC /f

This removes the DisableFileSyncNGSC value or sets it to 0. This registry value corresponds to the following GPO.

Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage

Under this section:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | OneDrive

No reboot required after modifying the setting.

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