OneDrive | first Release of next Generation Sync Client


SkyDrive.exe is dead. Long live OneDrive.exe.

Now it is ready.The first release in January 2015 of OneDrive’s next generation sync client is on the way. And for the following operating systems:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
  • MacOs

the clue:

OneDrive now is really OneDrive. The old SkyDrive.exe will be eliminated. The new one is now OneDrive.exe. Microsoft concludes the Rebranding.

  • Improved reliability
  • Placeholder migration for Win8.1 to Win10 upgrades
  • Improved Max Path scenario for MacOS users
  • over 22 reliability fixes for MacOS users
  • Improved logging & telemetry
  • Improved performance
    • Initial sync disk utilization reduced by 66% on Windows
    • Reduced CPU usage up to 94% on MacOS in certain scenarios
  • Improvements to Selective Sync experience

You will find the new OneDrive.exe in Windows 10  Build 9926 (Technical Preview).

Settings of OneDrive.exe , Windows 10 the actual version of the next generation Sync client OneDrive.exe is 17.3.4597.0109

You still work with Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8?

You have to wait a little bit. Microsoft rolled out the windows version, but they do it in steps. You should consider about the installation basis of more than 250 Million OneDrive users in the world.

Although the MacOS have to wait until the Apple store process is finished.

And under the hood?

first difference:

With Windows 8.1 you will find the SkyDrive.exe in the folder %Windows%\System32. And the OneDrive.exe you will find under  C:\Users\“User“\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive

There are a lot of subdirectories:

folder stucture of OneDrive.exe

folder 17.3.4597.109 The folder 17.3.4597.109 is equal to the product version und and holds all installation files and resource files for all languages.
OneDrive folder, Logs In the folder logs you will find all log-files for the sync process.
OneDrive folder, Settings All local settings are saved  in the folder Settings.
OneDrive folder, Setup\Logs The folder Setup contains one subfolder logs and there are all installation logs, also the change from SkyDrive to OneDrive.

If have updated to Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926, there is an automatic change form SkyDrive to OneDrive. But you have to know: Windows 10 is a Technical Preview a Technical Preview a Technical Preview. You may have attention to productive data!


OneDrive and Windows 10 Preview 
Renaming SkyDrive to OneDrive

I will deal with the log Installation and configuration files, and write about a separate blog post.

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