How do I configure OneDrive for Business sync client on my Windows 7 machine?

Installing OneDrive for Business Sync Client

Instructions for Windows Machine

Part 1: Downloading the Sync Client

 Note: Windows 10 has the client installed by default. To ensure you have the most recent Sync Client please make sure that Windows 10 has been updated.  Then skip to Part 2.

  1. Download the current version of the OneDrive for Business Sync Client:
  2. Click Run.  Note: the OneDrive Sync Client installation window will appear.
  3. In the Set up OneDrive window enter
  4. Click Sign in.
  5. Enter your Cougarnet password
  6. Click Sign in.
  7. Uncheck Sync all files and folders in OneDrive – University of Houston
  8. Click Ok.
  9. Click the Open my OneDrive – University of Houston folder.

 Note: these steps have created a folder in your local profile named OneDrive – University Of Houston. The actual location of the new folder is C:\Users\YourcougarnetID\OneDrive -  University Of Houston.

 Part 2: Configuring your local computer to the Office 365 Cloud account

  1.  Create a new folder named Profile in the following path:
    • C:\Users\YourcougarnetID\OneDrive - University Of Houston\Profile
  2. Create a Desktop and/or Documents folder within the Profile folder created in Step 1
    • C:\Users\username\OneDrive - University Of Houston\Profiles\desktop (or documents, photos or whatever)

Keep in mind these folders will continuously synchronize with the same name and location folders in the cloud.

Part 3: Choosing the folders you wish to Sync

  1. Right click the Blue Cloud.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Choose folder.
  4. Select the Profile folder you created in C:\Users\YourcougarnetID\OneDrive - University Of Houston (see Part 2)
  5. Click OK.

 Part 4: Changing the location of the Profile folder

  1. Go back to C:\Users\
  2. Right click the Desktop
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Click the Location
  5. Click Move…
  6. Go to C:\Users\YourCougarnetID \OneDrive - University Of Houston\Profile\Desktop
  7. Select the OneDrive – University of Houston
  8. Click the Desktop
  9. Click Apply.
  10. Click Yes.
  11. Allow other files/folders, if any, to be copied over to the new
  12. Click OK.
  13. Repeat Part 2 through 4 for each of the folders in your profile that you want to sync with your For instance, if you would like to sync your Documents folder, create a folder named Documents and follow the instructions above substituting Documents for Desktop.


Created: Feb 27, 2018 - 6:8pm Updated: Feb 28, 2018 - 2:25am Author: UIT Support Center Article: 2878
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