Autosave feature imporvements
Need Improvements in Autosave feature in OneDrive sync client for Windows
After protecting the Documents/Desktop/Pictures folder, when the user/software/script places a file in the C:\Users<UserID>\Desktop (or Documents or Pictures) folder, OneDrive will not sync these local folders.
We can repro the same issue in our all Windows PC.
My suggestion to Microsoft is,
1) After folder protection, whenever a file/folder is placed under C:\Users<userID>\Documents (or desktop/…) folders, OneDrive should throw a Notification/Warning Message to the user that this file will not be synced.
2) After folder protection, whenever a file/folder is placed/modified under C:\Users<userID>\Documents (or desktop/…) folders, OneDrive client should automatically copy the files to the OneDrive folder. if conflicts, can move under OneDrive\documents<machine name>\… folder
3) After folder protection, Windows should automatically redirect the local folders to OneDrive folders, when the user/software/script is trying to access the local folders.
Home users of oneDrive need to be prompted to exclude some files before the auto-protect starts, especially for people with multiple computers. Links on the desktop with different pathways on different computers will corrupt each other. Gaming profiles of different computers (in Documents) that have different preferences related to the different monitors and video cards will also be corrupted
In short, it may be a very bad idea to send a pop-up to home users encouraging then to protect these folders without warning them of all the bad side effects that can happen if multiple computers start syncing files with the same names but vastly different information. Just listing one as a copy, does not tell the user where the copy (in the cloud) came from when they discover that all user preferences have been changed or corrupted by the syncing process.
Sometimes users are better served by being asked to choose which folders get protected and which to exclude. As backing up to the cloud is NOT ALWAYS a good way to protect files and folders.