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Fixed: two OneDrive folders bug in Windows Explorer

Seeing two OneDrive folders? Here’s how to fix them.


We’re seeing reports of people seeing an extra OneDrive folder under Quick Access in Windows Explorer. The folder is actually exactly the same as the original: it syncs files just the same. Anything you do in one folder is reflected in the other. It is simply a duplicate shortcut of sorts with no immediately apparent way to remove from Quick Access in Windows Explorer.

This two OneDrive folders bug apparently happens after you install Windows 10. Some users see it after upgrading from earlier versions of Windows, which makes sense. However, oddly enough, we’re seeing reports of it happening on completely fresh installs too, which doesn’t make sense. So, the series of events that lead to this bug are unclear.

However, we do now know how to solve it so you only see one OneDrive folder. The short version of it is: you need to open the Registry Editor application, and navigate to the following:


There, you will see a property called “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree”. You just need to change its value from 1 to 0.

Visual guide to fixing two OneDrive; one Explorer bug

  1. Search for ‘regedit’ from Windows Search and launch the application.regedit-start-menu
  2. From the left side, double click on “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT”. This will show more sub-folders.
  3. From within those sub-folders, go into “CLSID”
  4. Now this is a slightly annoying bit: scroll down some to find the folder named “{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}”. They’re sorted numerically, so you should be able to find with a little effort.regedit-two-onedrive-bug-fix
  5. Once inside, you’ll see three different properties. Double-click on “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” and change the “Value data” from 1 to 0.
  6. Click on “OK”

Done! You should now no longer be seeing the duplicate OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer. Although I’m not sure, I do recommending restarting your Windows PC just to be safe.

And that’s it! ‘OneDrive’ should now live up to its name on your Windows.

Thanks to redditor geftsnowball for the steps.

  • Dus Shel

    Thank you, great solution! Finally rid of that stupid second OneDrive folder.

  • O. Reader

    Only thing that worked.

  • Rebecca Fouts

    Folder doesn’t exist. 🙁

  • Rebecca Fouts
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    Leave it to MS to produce a problem that now requires a solution that has “{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}” as part of the solution. I have one log in and ended up with two different One Drives with two sets of data files. Just incredible. I saw regedit and other absurd solutions so I just deleted one and hoped the 6 gigs of data is still somewhere on my hard drive. Update: I just deleted the one I don’t want and everything went into the recycle bin so i just restored or copied out what I needed and will sync to the remaining one drive. Suggest a back up if your data is ‘irreplaceable’ – mine wasn’t.

  • Jason Perry

    Worked like a champion. Brand new install of Win10 1909 on formatted partition… Had two folders, one was just labeled “OneDrive” the other was specific to my work account “OneDrive – Name of Business”. The “Name of Business” folder would simply show contents when clicked, however when I would click the plain “OneDrive” folder, it would open a new window, showing the same contents of the “Name of Business” folder. Following these instructions removed the “OneDrive” folder and things now behave as expected.