How To Fix Duplicate OneDrive folders In Explorer On Windows 10

Confused due to 2 OneDrive folders in File Explorer? Here are the quick ways to fix the problem.

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First launched in 2007, OneDrive is Microsoft’s internet-based storage platform used by enterprises. It comes bundled with the Office 365 subscription, yet people use it for their accounts too as it allows storing all types of files. Alongside, Microsoft OneDrive easily syncs data allowing you to access it over multiple devices.

Certainly, the benefits offered by OneDrive are abundant but lately, users have been found complaining about OneDrive duplicate folders in Windows Explorer.

If you too are struggling with the same issue, you’ve come to the right place.

Here, we will discuss the reasons for this problem and how to fix duplicate OneDrive folder in File Explorer.

Reasons for Identical OneDrive Folders in Windows Explorer

  • The most common reason for this problem is upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 10
  • Another reason is the drive name. The older version of Windows OneDrive was named SkyDrive. This means when you upgrade to Windows 10 since SkyDrive and OneDrive are different names they will be treated differently and you will see 2 folders. Due to this, the issue is caused and users face problems.

Common Problems Caused Due to OneDrive Duplicate Folders

  1. Since both folders are of OneDrive, the same data is synched, and this creates confusion. This means in the future if synching is paused in one folder you might lose data.
  2. Both folders might have different data, this creates issues as everyone wants data to be in one place.
  3. Though OneDrive duplicate folders have different data. Yet, it has been found that apps store data in the older folder than the new one.

Whatever the reason be, the problem of multiple OneDrive folders can be resolved easily. Below we discuss the most common and workable fixes for OneDrive duplicate folders.

Note: We recommend taking a backup of data stored in the OneDrive folder. This is suggested as a precautionary measure so that you don’t have to suffer any data loss. For this, we recommend using Right Backup – an alternate and multiplatform cloud backup service. Using it, you can easily sync and access data.

Ways to Fix Duplicate OneDrive folder/ icon in File Explorer

List of Contents

  • Reasons for Identical OneDrive Folders in Windows Explorer
  • Common Problems Caused Due to OneDrive Duplicate Folders
  • Hack to Hide Second Instance of OneDrive
  • FAQ – 

Before applying the following fixes, ensure you have backed up local unsynced OneDrive data.

1) Reset OneDrive

To Reset OneDrive on Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Copy and paste the following command :

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

  1. Hit OK
  2. Now check if this helps fix the issue or not.

2) Unlink and Relink OneDrive

  1. Look for the OneDrive icon in the system tray
  2. Right-click on it > Settings.
  3. This will open a new window navigate to > Account tabOneDrive
  4. Hit Unlink this PC. This will redirect you to a new window to confirm you want to Unlink your OneDrive account > select Unlink account.
  5. Again run OneDrive and relink the account.
  6. This should work, and you will not see the duplicate OneDrive account any longer.

3) Use The Registry Editor

Note: Before making any changes to Windows Registry as a precautionary measure we suggest taking a backup of your Windows Registry. For this, you can try using Advanced PC Cleanup – the best invalid registry cleaner and PC optimizer.

To use it, follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install Advanced PC Cleanup

Advanced PC Cleanup

2. Click the three horizontal lines > Settings > Backup & Restore > Take A Full Backup.

Take A Full Backup

That’s it.

Now that you have the backup of the registry, you can follow the steps below to fix the duplicate OneDriver folder.

Read More: How To Backup, Restore And Edit Files Using The Registry Editor Windows 10?

  1. In Windows search bar type Windows Registry
  2. Select the search result > right-click > Run as administrator
  3. Navigate to – Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpaceWindows Registry
  4. Find the folders that have the OneDrive name.
  5. Next, delete those OneDrive data DWORDs or folders.
  6. Alternatively, head to

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

  1. Look for folders with OneDrive names. Copy folder names that contain the OneDrive folder.
  2. Thereafter, head to –

Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID

ROOT

  1. Find the folder name you copied.
  2. Double click, here you will see a DWORD named IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree. Set its value data to 0.
  3. Restart PC to apply changes.

This should remove the duplicate OneDrive folder.

4) Switch accounts

  1. Press Windows + I
  2. Select Accounts
  3. You will now be redirected to a new window. Here click Your info present in the left pane.
  4. Scroll down and select the option of Sign in with a local account instead.local account
  5. Follow on-screen instructions and create a local account.
  6. Once done, head to You info again and this time click  Sign in with a Microsoft Account instead.

    Microsoft Account
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to get signed in to your Microsoft Account with your Email address and Password.
  8. Restart the PC and check if the issue is fixed or not.

In case, nothing has worked so far, try hiding the extra OneDrive instance. Surely, this is not a workaround but can be considered as a hack to conceal the duplicate OneDrive folder.

Hack to Hide Second Instance of OneDrive

To hide the extra OneDrive folder, follow the steps below:

    1. Press Windows + R
    2. Type exe> Ok
    3. Head to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
    4. Find the folders with the OneDrive Open them one by one and check the name of the registry from the right pane. When it says OneDrive, copy or make a note of the name of the folder.
    5. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\double click HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > double click CLSID folder
    6. Thereafter, look for the folder with the same name as the OneDrive folder ( noted in step 4).
    7. Click the folder
    8. Double click named IsPinnedtoNameSpaceTree
    9. Changes its value to 0 > Ok

This will hide the duplicate OneDrive folder. To unhide the folder, repeat the steps and this time change the value to 1.

Using these simple steps, you can easily get rid of the duplicate OneDrive folder and save yourself from the trouble of getting confused due to multiple OneDrive folders. We hope you enjoy reading this post, do share your feedback in the comments section. Follow us on social media –FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

FAQ – 

1.  Why does OneDrive show up twice in File Explorer?

The problem occurs due to the Windows upgrade and drive name. If the drive was named SkyDrive in the earlier version then upgrading to Windows 10 will cause issues. As they will be treated as separate folders with the same and sometimes different data.

2. How do I unlink OneDrive from File Explorer?

To unlink OneDrive follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click the OneDrive icon present in the system tray > Settings > Account
  2. Click Unlink this PC > confirm the action by clicking Unlink account

Restart PC and that’s it the account will be unlinked and relinked.

3. How do I stop OneDrive from duplicating files?

Windows:

  1. In the Windows search bar type “credentials,” and select Credentials Manager.
  2. Choose the Windows Credentials
  3. Under Generic Credentials, look for any entries containing “OneDrive Cached Credentials” > delete them.
  4. Restart OneDrive.

Mac:

  1. Head to Utilities folder > launch Keychain Access from there.
  2. Search OneDrive > remove OneDrive Cached Credential.
  3. Run OneDrive.

This should help fix the problem. If this doesn’t work, uninstall and reinstall OneDrive.

4. Why is OneDrive duplicating files?

When a conflict occurs during updating data, OneDrive duplicates files. This means when OneDrive has to sync the same data at more than one place file duplication takes place.

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