Services such as dropbox and OneDrive, provide a convenient way to access all your documents across multiple PCs, tablets and your phone. Synchronization Windows Desktop with the cloud with OneDrive ensures you can always find your important files, when you need them, on any device.

The instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Why sync your Windows desktop with OneDrive?

Putting frequently used folders, such as the Windows desktop, in the cloud is a great solution if you use your desktop as a shared storage for downloaded files or frequently used items. This way you will always keep these files in sync across your devices. You can also set up other computers you use to sync your desktops with OneDrive.

Move your desktop to the cloud with OneDrive

Before you start, install OneDrive desktop sync client in your Windows versions . Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 already have this program, but Windows 7 users will need to download and install the sync client manually. Windows 8 users can upgrade to Windows 8.1, to start using OneDrive.

  1. open conductor Windows right click » Desktop» and select » Properties» .

    Open Windows Explorer, right-click
  2. AT dialog box » Desktop properties » select tab » Location «.

    Select the Location tab in the Desktop Properties window.
  3. Select Move .

    Select Move below the text input field.
  4. Double click OneDrive .

    Double click OneDrive.
  5. Select » New folder», to create a new folder.

    Select New Folder to create a new folder.
  6. Name the new folder Desktop and press Enter .

    Whatever you call the folder, it shows up as Desktop in the OneDrive file list. If you have three computer desktops syncing to the same OneDrive account, each uses a different folder name, but each appears as Desktop .

    Name the new folder Desktop and press Enter.
  7. FROM desktop folder is highlighted, click Select folder .

    With the Desktop folder highlighted, click Select Folder.
  8. Select Apply, to apply the new settings. Text input field on tab » Location ‘ should look like this:

    C:\Users\Username\OneDrive\Desktop

    Select Apply to apply the new settings.
  9. Select Yes, to confirm that you want to move your desktop to OneDrive.

    Select Yes to confirm that you want to move your desktop to OneDrive.
  10. Click OK, to close dialog window » Desktop Properties «.

    Click OK to close the Desktop Properties window.

You can move any folder on your Windows PC to OneDrive using the same process.

Are my files protected in the cloud?

Moving your desktop or other folders to the cloud is more convenient than transferring files from a USB drive . However, there are some effects for security, which should be considered. Whenever you post files online, they are potentially available to others. Law enforcement may, for example, use a warrant to request access to your files, and you may not know when this will happen.

A more common difficulty is when hackers guess or steal your account password. If this happens, the bad guys have access to your OneDrive files. It’s not a big deal if all you have saved in the cloud is old poetry from high school. However, unauthorized access to work documents or personal information files can be devastating.

There are a number of security measures you can take to reduce this risk. One of them is the inclusion two-factor authentication for your cloud storage account. An easier way is to not put anything in the cloud that contains information that you don’t want others to see. For home users, this usually means storing items such as spreadsheets, bills, and mortgages on a hard drive instead of in the cloud, with the associated risk of losing access if the hard drive fails.

In mid to late 2019, Microsoft released the Personal Vault feature for OneDrive, which was rolled out to users around the world during 2019, providing additional security through encryption and forced multi-factor authentication. For mission-critical files that are relatively infrequently accessed, Personal Vault offers a good balance of protection and ease of access.

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