Some Windows 10 users have found that OneDrive broke after installing the latest patch round for the operating system, and Microsoft has now confirmed this issue.
As neowin (opens in new tab) noted, the issue was caused by the October patch for Windows 10, KB5018410, which was released a few weeks ago. Both OneDrive and OneDrive for Business users can be affected (with multiple reports (opens in new tab) of the bugbear manifesting on Windows 10 21H2 and 22H2 installations and then disappearing when the patch is uninstalled).
This particular bug can cause OneDrive to “close unexpectedly,” Microsoft admits, or throws an error in certain cases, namely when you:
- Sign out or unlink your account in the Microsoft OneDrive sync app
- Uninstall the OneDrive sync app
- Disconnect sites or folders from syncing with your device from Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Teams sites
Patch KB5018410 has also caused issues related to Microsoft Edge for some users who may find that the update removes the Microsoft Edge Legacy version without replacing the browser with the new Edge app as it should.
Analysis: a quick solution with a bit of luck
Okay, so what can you do about this OneDrive headache? Well, not much at this point except uninstall KB5018410 to get the cloud storage service back to normal. The downside is that the patch contains important security fixes, and of course you won’t have that protection after you dump the update.
However, Microsoft has indicated in a dashboard status update that a fix for the bug is not far away. Company wrote (opens in new tab): “We are working on a solution and estimate that a solution will be available in the next week.”
Presumably that means the remedy will arrive next week, although of course this is just an estimate from Microsoft. So if the gremlin is buried deeper in the works than thought, and other complications crop up during the fixation process, it may take longer to arrive. As always, let’s hope for a quick and painless healing here.