What is OneDrive.exe?

The genuine OneDrive.exe file is a software component of Windows Online Cloud storage service by Microsoft.
Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage facility provides for the synchonization, backup and sharing of data files, photos and music. You always have at least a few gigabytes at your disposal. In contrast to hard drives and thumb drives, OneDrive allows you access to your data from any Internet-capable device. Additionally, encryption of your data with software such as Boxcryptor is advisable, since Microsoft, as a U.S. firm, is required to allow access to the data to U.S. authorities under the Patriot Act. This also applies to competitors such as Dropbox, Apple's iCloud, and Google Drive. At the beginning of 2014, having lost its litigation with the British Sky Pay-TV service, Microsoft renamed its cloud storage service from SkyDrive to "OneDrive." Starting with Windows 10, OneDrive is more tightly bound to the operating system. You can still disable startup and synchronization with Microsoft Cloud. It is enough simply to click the OneDrive cloud icon in the taskbar's system tray. Select "Settings"; then disable the "Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows" option. Tip: if you would prefer to store your data under a different Microsoft account, you should also select "Unlink OneDrive" and then enter your new access data.

OneDrive stands for One Drive for all

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the OneDrive.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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OneDrive.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft OneDrive belongs to software Microsoft OneDrive or WinRAR by Microsoft (

Description: OneDrive.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. OneDrive.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 402,632 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 404,064 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The OneDrive.exe file is not a Windows core file. The OneDrive.exe file is digitally signed. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with OneDrive.exe, you can do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Microsoft OneDrive or WinRAR using Windows Control Panel
  2) look for help on the website.

Recommended: Identify OneDrive.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as OneDrive.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the OneDrive.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Nicht nötig
it was not listed in the uninstall program
  john kerr  

Summary: Average user rating of OneDrive.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving OneDrive issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with OneDrive. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the OneDrive.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

Other processes

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