I would like to control where my files are saved. It appears MS has taken control of Documents & Pictures & is automating a sync to OneDrive for those 2 folders & not allowing user control. Can someone please just confirm if that is what MS is trying to do? If it is, I will have to quit using "This PC".
I got a new computer and when setting up, MS automatically started copying the contents of "Documents" & "Pictures" to OneDrive. I had an initial issue with it using my outlook.com-OneDrive rather than my O365 1TB of OneDrive. It got stuck in an loop with the only way out being to purchase additional outlook.com-OneDrive storage so it could finish it's required copying. I obviously don't need since I have 1TB via O365. Luckily, I had my files elsewhere & just deleted files until it finished its automated routine. I then was able to turn off OneDrive, copy my files to my new machine in a location that would not automatically trigger a OneDrive sync process that I did not control. This is precisely why I do not want to give MS control of how/where my documents are stored. I managed to resolve that issue.
However, I am still unable to map "This PC" Documents or Pictures to another location. I get the message--
"Can't move the folder because there is a folder in the same location that can't be redirected. Access is denied"
I've tried changing the name of DOCUMENTS to other things, but Windows always sees it as "DOCUMENTS". I've tried mapping This PC-DOCUMENTS to another random folder and I get the same message "Can't move the folder because there is a folder in the same location that can't be redirected. Access is denied"
If this is the business model that OneDrive & MS are moving towards, there need to be some big headlines about it. I've been on the phone with various tech support people for about 6 hours and they do not understand the issue. Some want to make it a OneDrive issue, some a Windows Issue, some an Explorer issue. There are numerous threads on this issue but MS has marked them all is closed so I can't add to those threads but am forced to start a new one.
It makes me very nervous. I do not want MS deciding what is stored on their cloud & what I am able to store locally without sync. I use Google Drive, Drop Box, Creative Cloud etc. and those have not placed tentacles into my operating system in a way that limits my ability to control where my files are stored.
1. Please explain how MS is trying to change Windows/Explorer/OneDrive integration
2. Are Documents & Pictures permanently mapped to OneDrive unless I am willing to make a registry change each time MS runs an update?
3. How does MS integrate outlook.com account with O365 account? For example, even tho I have O365, when I click on DOCUMENTS in Windows Explorer, the folder path reads "Bonnie MS outlook.com account>Documents". Why doesn't it read "C:....Documents"? I'm not clear where it is looking for my documents.
4. Finally, if there is a tech support solution that can solve my problem, please give me a case number so I can call in & get resolution. I don't have another full business day to deal with this problem.
Please do NOT respond with the obvious that I've already said does not work. Right clicking on Documents or Pictures under either "This PC" or "Libraries" and changing the location. It does NOT work...so that is NOT a viable solution.
Please don't close this discussion unless I respond that the issue is resolved. Almost all these threads are closed by someone at MS but the original poster never responds to say the proposed solutions solved their problem. So there is a ton of useless garbage threads in this community.
Windows 10 Pro
O365 Business on a single machine.
Dell XPS 8930
Set up the way MS requested...using my outlook.com (old Windows live) ID.
Have my own domain & set up my O365 Business account after starting Windows with my outlook.com email.