Remove the need for Office Upload Center if you are using OneDrive
As an O365 Home subscriber, I use my unlimited OneDrive storage to store my files. These include my pictures, videos, music and documents. On my Surface Pro 3, I have O365 Home installed which also includes the Office Upload Center.
To me, it seems redundant to have the OneDrive Sync functionality AND the O365 Upload Center available. In fact, the Upload Center stores an additional copy of my office files (under AppData) even when those files are stored within my OneDrive directory (and locally available). This seems like a waist of storage space (11 GB in my case) and periodically causes issues between OD and the Upload Center.
Please remove the need for the O365 Upload Center when a user is using OneDrive to sync their office files.
The Office integration support in OneDrive connects your document to the OneDrive service, allowing for you to automatically co-author when opening files locally, share from the backstage, and more.
You can choose to turn this off. On Windows 8.1, you must uninstall the Microsoft OneDrive app from the Add/Remove Programs. On Windows 7 or 10, you can right-click on the systray icon, access the Settings menu and uncheck the Office integration checkbox. This will prevent the Office Upload Center from being involved in your uploads.
It is really a nonsense. One can't even copy and send. Please remove that silly cloud thing!!!!
Jimmini Crickets commented
PS. If you disable "Use office 2016 to sync Office files that I open", you will also find that the context menu for your jump lists returns. I was super peeved that I could not see the 'properties' option from my right click on a jump list after updating my OneDrive to my work account.
"Use office 2016 to sync Office files that I open" makes your files online, and DISABLES your context options in the jump-lists.
Jimmini Crickets commented
This was maddening, and just plain poorly integrated. My local OneDrive files should not be listed as http//ANYTHING, they're local !!!
So, I unchecked the option in OneDrive for "Use office 2016 to sync Office files that I open" and now it works perfectly. Honestly, MS doesn't have online collaboration working right, so why waste time with the cumbersome infrastructure ALLWAYS running on your PC??
When will you fix this? As with others, I'm working with large PowerPoint files containing embedded media. They are all stored locally on my computer, and OneDrive is set to sync them. But the blasted Office Upload Center insists on downloading the server copy when I open the file, and uploading it when I save it, completely ignoring the fast local copy. It's even worse since no matter how fast a connection I'm using, OneDrive trickles data in at a few dozen kbps, with burst into the blazing 3-4 mbps territory. All this for a file that is AVAILABLE LOCALLY. Waiting 15 minutes for a file to open or save is unacceptable - especially since it is completely unnecessary! You've even gone so far as to remove the option to disable Office Upload Center, so I can't even turn this behavior off. So what, exactly, does Microsoft intend for users to do?
Not right now, 3 years ago, use your products, you'll notice this is insane.
My users are constantly facing issues with files being stuck in the upload centre with messages such as - Failed to Upload, Sign in to Resolve etc.
Most of the time the files have actually uploaded (mainly to Sharepoint) and the user will have to check the data to make sure it's actually on the site - which can be very frustrating and time consuming not knowing if there work has uploaded.
I've been through multiple support sessions with MS who've mostly just recreated the OfficeFileCache.
This works, but the issue is bound to come back and does 9 times out of 10.
My organisation have tried the following -
Recreated OfficeFileCache - along with temp files etc.
Online Repair of Office
Changed Cache File time to 1 day
Nothing seems to be a permanent fix - we were advised by MS to just use MS Online rather than the Office suite but this isn't a resolution.
Is anyone else experienced or have experienced these constant issues and found a permanent resolution?
Bill Chen commented
I really hate this kind of approach without asking the user for stupid "automatic" function. It messed up my files for many times.
Users should not have to worry about workarounds and fixes and how it all works behind the scenes. The fear is that making changes can have other implications that a user cannot predict. A product should have been developed properly so it just works! Imagine buying a car where the heated screen doesnt work when you are in top gear and the manufacturer advises you to alter the firmware which then disables the heating when stood still. Computers have a long way to go before they are user friendly i.e. so you don't have to be a techie to operate them.
Part of the problem is that the industry just cant stop themselves from adding features that apply only to a few, but which mess up what already exists for many.Reliability is far more important than new features. Stop developing and start fixing what already exists - please!
This used to work seemlessly, now its ****. I keep getting "the file you are trying to ave has edits that are incompatible with the server version'" I didn't change anything! All I did was open it.
Office Upload Centre is some seriously poorly constructed software.
It fails so frequently. What a shame.
Jonathan Rhodes Lee commented
This problem is TOTALLY MADDENING. I get duplicate files every time I try to save, and I have to sit for ages waiting for large files to upload, when I really just want to save them locally and let OneDrive take care of syncing in the background. Please fix it (or tell us how to).
Bill Zimmerman commented
Same issue here - duplicate files created - caused by Upload Center - Need a way to disable this unnecessary (DUPLICATE) service.
Victor Cea commented
You cannot rename the FileCoAuth.exe or then the Co-edition of the file (which is the magic of OneDrive) doesn't work. You also can disable that over the OneDrive settings.
Anyway we are having the same issue with big PowerPoint files, is unacceptable.
Chris Beaufait commented
Need an option to uninstall Office Upload Center. The "integration" with OneDrive is not working and you need to get over internal politics between the Office team and OneDrive time. It is hurting your customers productivity. Eliminate Office Upload, OneDrive does the job and you have seriously taken a step back with "AutoSave" and the Office Upload Center.
At a minimum, give us an easy means to turn it off.
At the moment this issue makes the combination of OneDrive and Office on Windows 10 almost unusable, especially on a slow network. I can not have a 400MB powerpoint with embedded video switch from the drive based version to the online based version when I am on a very slow network.
A change to Office not to long ago seems to have made the problem from a minor on into a major one.
While the 'FileCoAuth.exe' disabling seems to be an effective work-around, there needs to be one simple checkbox to disable it, because it causes lots of real problems in the real world.
At the moment I am seriously considering dropping OneDrive because of all the problems on Windows 10, and the alternative I am considering is iCloud (they are the only ones with a 200MB plan which I need for my work based Windows sync while my private stuff stays on my Office linked OneDrive subscription)! And the crazy thing is that the combination of OneDrive and Office works very very well on Mac OS X.
Bill Chen commented
I have this problem recently and it is very annoying. I do not understand why MS cannot just make it as an option. Nowadays, Office Users are capable of enough to just click on the option....
Jeff Pollard commented
The following steps will prevent the undesired behaviour described above:
In Task Manager, under the Details tab, check whether a task named 'FileCoAuth.exe' is running. If so, end the task.
In Windows Explorer, navigate to the following location:
In that folder, you will find a sub-folder which corresponds to the current OneDrive version number (e.g. 17.3.7294.0108). In that sub-folder, find and rename the following file:
FileCoAuth.exe -> rename as FileCoAuth.exe.bak
Now, any Office file created within an Office application will save directly to the local instance of the OneDrive folder, and will continue to do so when re-opened and re-saved, or saved with a new name. OneDrive.exe will continue to perform online syncing independently in the background.
Furthermore, this restores the ability to save files directly to a local instance of the OneDrive folder from within an Office application, without the requirement to remain permanently signed in (so don't expect this workaround to last for long!).
Jeff Pollard commented
Just to confirm, at the time of posting:
Regardless of Office Sync opt-out settings, all Office 2016 applications are exhibiting one of two opposite behaviours when opening and saving files directly from / to a local instance of a OneDrive folder, depending on whether the file is created inside or outside of that OneDrive folder:
Steps to reproduce:
Case 1: Office file is created outside of the local instance of a OneDrive folder and moved into it.
1.) Create and save an Office document in any local folder outside of the local instance of a OneDrive folder.
2.) Using Windows Explorer, move the file into the local instance of a OneDrive folder.
3.) Open the file <- Only the local instance is accessed, not the online instance.
4.) Save the file <- Only the local instance is accessed, not the online instance.
This is the expected behaviour: all syncing is performed as a background task by OneDrive.exe, not the Office application.
Case 2: Office file is created within the local instance of a OneDrive folder.
1.) Create and save an Office document directly within the local instance of a OneDrive folder.
2.) Close the file.
3.) Open the file <- Only the online instance is accessed, not the local instance.
4.) Save the file <- Only the online instance is accessed, not the local instance.
This is completely undesired behaviour. Office Sync opt-out settings are being ignored and all syncing is being performed at the time of opening and saving by the Office application, not OneDrive.exe.
Turning the option off in OneDrive does not appear to work with Office 2016. I have the OneDrive options set to off, and, since I upgraded to Office 2016, Office seems to ignore the setting, triggers upload Center to show up, and (often, though luckily not always) generates a duplicate.
This is for the CONSUMER OneDrive.
On my office PC with OneDrive for BUSINESS, situation is even worse. This seems to happen ALL the time. Actually, checking Office document history (e.g. from excel), it appears Office ALWAYS goes DIRECTLY to OneDrive4B in the cloud (even if I attempt to open a file from the PC-synced OneDrive folder), and ALWAYS tries to save directly to OneDrive in the cloud. Duplicates are the norm.
If I have OneOdrive client doing its own syncing, and I intend to WORK LOCAL, *** THEN **** sync to the cloud (not the other way round), then office should just respect that. If I turn the option off, it should also be respected.
Is there a way not just to Disable, but disable FOR REAL the OneDrive / OneDrive4B integration in Office, or better, to NUKE it (seriously, it's garbage)?
Looks as if my Microsoft account email was cancelled due to something......what the?, this has caused unimaginable problems with our business office/OneDrive uploading, spent 2 days on it, why oh why is it so dam complicated:
Good software is easily used, this is not, its the most frustrating process I have gone, no going through for ages.
And get office and OneDrive to use one sign in... Starting again, third day, may decide run our own servers, I was advised to do this, "but me knows better me thinks, NOT" using that option, at least if it goes wrong its my fault...:As in all areas of business: relinquish control, stand back and watch it to go wrong.......I am not a glass half empty guy, I just need a drink!