Solution – OneDrive not starting up with Windows (after Windows update)

A lot of Windows 10 users are experiencing this issue wherein the OneDrive app does not automatically start up with Windows. New files stop syncing when OneDrive is not running. Files on-demand also stop downloading while OneDrive app is not running. So, this forces users to run OneDrive after every boot manually.

There is an easy way to fix it. All we need to do is to reset the OneDrive setting. Here’s how:

Step 1: Start OneDrive manually: We need OneDrive to be running on the system before we can change the settings. So, first of all, start OneDrive by:

  • Option 1: Press Start button, search for OneDrive and press Enter. Or;
  • Option 2: Run OneDrive.exe from the following location:

Step 2: Change OneDrive settings: We can now make changes to the settings. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon on the system tray. On some systems, you need to click on the chevron () before you can find it.
    OneDrive icon in system tray
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Switch to the Settings tab at the top.
  4. Enable the option: Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows. OneDrive Settings - Start OneDrive automatically
  5. That’s it. Windows will add OneDrive to the startup list and OneDrive will start up automatically when you restart your computer.

Confirm that OneDrive is in your Startup list: You can confirm that OneDrive is added to the startup list by referring to the Startup tab in Task Manager. You can launch the Task manager by – Right-clicking on an empty area of the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.

Starup items in Task manager


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  • box is already checked within onedrive setting and enabled in the start up apps list. Works a few times then disappears.

  • I have ticked the box in Settings/Settings to “Start One Drive Automatically” and pressed, OK; but it does NOT appear in Start-Up List at all. When I reboot, the Settings box is again blank, so no automatic start. Same results every time.

    • Hi Geoff, that is strange. Do you have any other program (like an AntIvirus) which may be altering your startup list? Or maybe you are using a limited user that does not have enough permissions to push the app to the Windows Registry for startup items.

      You can try manually adding an entry in Windows Registry (at Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run) for OneDrive using the exe’s location (“C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe” /background). I will also update the article with the registry value.

  • When it sends the error message”… failed to start because no QT Platform could be initialized…” OneDrive cannot be started with its own executable file.

  • Sorted the problem on my device:

    Task Manager Startup list had Onedrive as Disabled in the list, Right clicked the line, changed it to Enabled and restarted fine booting up with Onedrive activated.

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