How to fix OneDrive no longer starting automatically

Microsoft provides access to OneDrive for businesses via their Office365 suite. OneDrive is famed as Microsoft’s essential cloud service- powering cloud storage for businesses and consumers alike, as well as linking many of the suite’s applications. One such version (the desktop version) is known by many to automatically startup with your device. However, despite this, there are two potential reasons it may not start up with Windows. Fortunately, both methods are easy; neither take very long to test.

OneDrive isn’t starting up automatically despite not being disabled by the task manager.Allow OneDrive to start with Windows via the application settings.
OneDrive application settings state the app can automatically save, but it doesn’t occur.Enable OneDrive’s start with Windows via the task manager

You can configure OneDrive to startup with Windows within the OneDrive desktop application; this configuration is not absolute. Such assertion falls to your options within the Windows task manager. This post aims to guide you on enabling OneDrive’s automatic run-on startup with both systems. You’ll find it’s best to have it enabled on both fronts.

We’ve also created a video to help you troubleshoot OneDrive no longer starting automatically. You can watch it here on our YouTube channel:


Enabling auto-start for OneDrive via the desktop application

Step 1 – Open the OneDrive application menu

You can open your OneDrive application via the taskbar icon; the windows taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen by default. I have highlighted the icon in the image below. To open an application, you need only left-click it.

Step 2 – Open your OneDrive settings

Users can access the “Settings” page of the OneDrive desktop application via the “Help and Settings.” After you select the option, you will be able to proceed.

Step 3 – Enable automatic starts

The “Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows” option exists within the first tab of the settings window. Therefore, checking the box should enable OneDrive to start automatically- provided you have not prohibited it with configurations elsewhere, such as the task manager. Confirm your changes by selecting “OK” once you’re finished.

Enabling auto-start for OneDrive via the task manager

Step 1 – Open the task manager

Users can access the task manager by pressing the start/windows key, searching “Taskmgr,” and pressing enter. Albeit, I recommend instead using the shortcut shown below to save time. “CTRL SHIFT ESC.”

Step 2 – Access the startup tab

The “Startup” tab contains a list of applications that attempt to start with Windows; the page’s tab will open with a click- or via the “CTRL TAB” shortcut. Within the “Startup” tab, users can allow or deny an application the right to start with Windows- overriding the in-app settings.

Step 3 – Enable OneDrive’s startup

Within the application table, you will find your OneDrive application. Select the application with a right-click; left-click the “Enable” button to allow the application to start with Windows.

Recap & Farewell


OneDrive typically starts with Windows by default; although, you can deactivate the feature through the application’s settings. However, your OneDrive settings are not the only factor to consider: your settings within the task manager will override the OneDrive application’s settings.


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Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell has been the Operations manager at telecoms and MSP Optionbox for more than 4 years. He has played a crucial role in the company, from marketing to helpdesk, and ensures that the IT requirements of over 300 clients are continuously met. With his innate passion for technology and troubleshooting and a particular interest in Apple products, Jack now delivers the most comprehensive tech guides to make your life easier. You can connect with Jack on LinkedIn.

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