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OneDrive Files On-Demand

Allow an online sync only for OneDrive, like Windows 8.1 file explorer did.
Most of PC don't have enough storage to keep files on HDD.
That will really improve productivity !

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I’m proud to announce that OneDrive Files On-Demand is now rolling out with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ( Whether you use a personal OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online, you can now browse all your files without filling up your disk and take advantage of the rich features of File Explorer. Read more about how you can start using OneDrive Files On-Demand & skip ahead if it hasn’t been rolled out to you yet ( Learn more about deploying Files On-Demand in your organization ( Thanks to all of you for the emphatic support, and a special thanks to our incredible self-hosters in the Windows Insider Program!


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  • A анонимный commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Guys, there is NO On-Demand for Build 1709 (Fall Creators update)!!!

    Mr. Jason Moore is correct, just his information is incomplete. The feature is there IF you use "Windows Insider" with the Fast-Ring feature. It's probably in the Slow-Ring now too. But it's not in the stable build yet.

    So if you want to use the feature, activate Windows Insider - or wait until it's 100% complete and we get it by a normal update. Just don't look for it on the final 1709 build because it's not there yet.

  • Steve Zynda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The new status icons for OneDrive Files On-Demand are flawed/inconsistent. The OneDrive Sync history confirms "You are All Set All Files Up to Date", yet I have many folders and sub folders with the spinner icon that when selected, File Explorer's bottom status bar will state "Sync Pending". When I drill into those folders and/or sub-folders, everything is show as a green checkmark or cloud icon. Basically confirming that this is not to sync. Why?

  • F U microsoft!! commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Three years later. You have to be kidding me. Oh, and thanks for blocking every email address I have so I have to use a fake one.

  • Simonrdz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Elliot : 3 years later for an option avalable on Windows 8 since 2012 !

  • Thorsten commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    we are using Dynamics365 for our helpdesk.
    We create a new Folder on Sharepoint for every new task.
    We have more than 5.000 folders in Sharepoint.

    We installed the Win10 Pro Fallupdate with OneDrive On-Demand.

    But, of course we can still not see the folder with 5.000+ subfolders in the browser.
    This means we do not have the "Synchronize" button.

    How can we add this folder to OneDrive On-Demand?

  • Simonrdz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you do not have the option, you are probably no executing fcu update.

  • Simonrdz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Install update (my link below) & go to onedrive settings, you'll have the option. In fine, all files must be checked

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Simonrdz. I've updated to the latest OneDrive build, but I don't see an option to force all files to always be online.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there a way to force files to always be online? I would prefer that after opening the file and making a change, that it automatically removes the local copy.

  • Sheldon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What gives? I thought the Fall Creator Update was supposed to have Files On-Demand?

  • Trent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would be good to have an option (GPO probably) to force online-only.

  • Simonrdz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    files on demand does not work on RTM 16299.15. option is not available !

  • Gunnar Winter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks for this feature. I think smart sync - or whatever we call it - is a great productivity enhancement. Maybe I am allowed to note that for 'legacy' support on Windows 7 and especially for Windows Remote Desktop and Citrix platforms we provide a companion to OneDrive offering the exact same feature for these 'other' systems:


  • Tom Adrh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please fix this feature. It is a horror!

    OneDrive is freezing, restarting, displaying wrong sync icon on items even sync is completely finished.

    And the worst is before it is possible to set "free up space" attribute on an item, this item has to be downloaded entirely from the OD cloud - it doesn't make any sense! Items that are on the OD cloud should not be automatically entirely downloaded ... they should be downloaded on demand only!

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