OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client (onedrive.exe) exits immediately after launch

Introduction

This article contains information about using the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client (onedrive.exe).

NOTE: To determine which OneDrive sync client you're using, see Which OneDrive sync client am I using? 

Problem

After you install the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client (onedrive.exe) to sync your OneDrive for Business files, or update your Operating System, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • You're not prompted for sign-in.

  • No synchronization of files occurs, and no error message is displayed.

  • If you’re also running OneDrive personal, and you click Settings on the Add a Business account dialog box, nothing happens.

Solution

An administrator of your organization has configured a Group Policy setting to prevent onedrive.exe from starting. Work with your company’s administrator to change the applicable Group Policy Object (GPO). You can confirm that your computer is affected by the policy by following these steps. 

Important: Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

  1. Navigate to the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive 

  2. Check the following key:

    DisableFileSyncNGSC = DWORD:1 

In order to sync with OneDrive for Business, the DisableFileSyncNGSC key must be removed or the DWORD value must be changed to 0 (zero). If the registry value was set as part of a Group Policy Object, the policy must be removed.

If you decide to manually change this key or to remove the key without having your administrator change the policy for your computer, the next time the policy runs (typically after a restart, after you sign in to Windows, or after periodic updates), the policy is reapplied, and OneDrive for Business won't start again.

More information

This issue occurs when there's a Group Policy setting on the computer that prevents OneDrive for Business from starting.

If your company’s administrator decides to disable OneDrive’s consumer sync client but to enable OneDrive for Business, see Use Group Policy to control OneDrive sync client settings.

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