Return OneDrive to the way that it was pre Windows 8.1
The following problems were documented on Microsoft's community page here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/files/i-am-having-multiple-problems-with-skydrive-in/3194a7ee-bef6-4c41-b199-0bb1a4da6e2e
I never received a solution:
I can't wrap my head around SkyDrive in Windows 8.1. These are the problems that I am having:
1.I select a folder, and then select online only. The Available Offline disappears. I come back 5 minutes later, and the folder once again says "Available Offline."
2.When you select online only, after a folder was available offline, you should see some status as to what is happening. i.e. these 650 files are being deleted.
3.The SkyDrive App says "Downloading 6 items..." in the upper right of the screen. It has been downloading the same 6 items for the past 3-4 hours. These items in total are not even a mb in size. When I go to Task Manager, it shows that SkyDrive is not uploading or downloading anything.
4.My disk usage is at 100%. SkyDrive is showing at 1-4MB/s. What is it doing if it is not uploading/downloading anything?
5.There is no make this thing stop button, so it hogs my bandwidth when I am trying to upload or download something. When uploading several websites (6+gigs of data), SkyDrive was constantly uploading something (0.4Mbps +/-)
6.If the files are not on my computer, I do not want to see them in Explorer, that is VERY confusing to me, and to some of the programs that I use.
7.I apparently had a sync error once. This led to some folders containing 2-3 instances of the same files with the computers name differentiating the different file. i.e. blahblahcomputer1.blah and blahblahcomputer2.blah. These were ASP.net project directories, so the applications would not compile because of this. I had to manually delete these extra files.
8.Following a sync error, some directories which were set to be available offline, did not have all of the files downloaded. None of these files showed up as being pending in the download process in the app. I did not discover that these files were not downloaded, until I tried to compile my app. This would have been evident, if only the files actually on my hard drive were shown in explorer.
9.As a user of multiple PC's, I have no idea as to which has priority. I should be able to select a PC as being the master, with the other PC's being slaves. I should also be able to make a determination as to which file should override which. I never receive any notifications about this, so I have no idea how priority is determined.
All of these problems can be fixed by reverting back to the SkyDrive desktop app that was previously available.
This was completed with the release of our new sync client with Windows 10.
I am still here! people calm down!
Gildon Opao commented
My suggestion for OneDrive is for Microsoft to Return the Smart Files or Online-Mode Files. To do this you will need to add a new attribute to the existing (system, hidden, etc) known as Online-Only. This attribute will have a similar behavior to the "Hidden" attribute, meaning legacy applications will not be able to see the files that are "Online-Only". However when implemented with Windows Store Apps using the FilePicker these files can be seen and can be treated accordingly. For developers of "Legacy" or Desktop apps would want to avail of this feature, Microsoft has to create a FilePicker that supports this in "Legacy" or Desktop Mode and developers should update their code to use this. If they don't want to update their code then the "Online-Only" files will be treated has hidden. In this case everyone wins.
Pip I think the 38 votes came from apple users... It's the only thing I can think of.
Pip Rees commented
If this post alone, with its 38 votes, is seriously to blame for the total removal of placeholders, vs the thousands of votes to bring them back, the OneDrive team seriously needs to reconsider who their target audience is...
Oh, heck, yes. This was a horrible upgrade. Two things _really_ stand out as... um... unfortunate.
1) If I've chosen not to sync the folder on a particular computer, I don't want to see it. If there's an option to gray it out, I might be okay with that -- at home. Until I have the option of completely hiding them, I'm not going to let go of DropBox.
2) No access for Local Account? I finally got my wife to start using cloud file storage. She's not ready to log onto Windows with her Live password, though. I guess she'll be using DropBox.
We want to have OneDrive in 8.1 on Local Account as well.
Doug Hicken commented
was onedrive in 8.1 a complete rewrite? I can't figure out any other reason for the craziness that is one drive on 8.1.