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How to Install OneDrive for Business Client for Office365

February 12, 2016



OneDrive for Business provides Microsoft Cloud file share for user of Office365 services.  It can be used to replace LAN-based user home directories on network shares. This provides a better use of IT departments resources such as the need to manage low-level storage devices, file servers, and related local system backups. By using the Office365 service, IT staff can focus business related support tasks knowing that this core service is being managed by Office365.  OneDrive provides the user access to their files from any location where they are able to logon to the organization’s Office 365 portal.

The procedure below steps through the process of manually installing OneDrive for Business client and configuring a workstation to utilize and synchronize files between the local system and the cloud-based OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online portal.  The enterprise should use an automated deployment process, such as using Group Policy Objects and deployment scripts.

Note: Organizations with Virtual Desktop machines may not want to install the OneDrive for Business client to minimize any files being stored on the virtual machine image. This would save on any storage utilization costs.



Installation of OneDrive for Business Client


Download and save to the local drive the OneDrive for Business Deployment Package zip file from the Microsoft Download site (


This deployment package contains the two registry edit keys that are needed to be added to the system before running the OneDrive Client install

The package also includes the files needed for deployment via GPO and documentation links about the OneDrive for Business Client.


Extract the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client Documentation for file.

  • Open and [Run]


    • DefaultToBusinesFRE.reg

  • Open and [Run]

    • EnableAddAccounts.reg





Download and save to the local drive the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client from the Microsoft Download site (



Run OneDriveSetup.exe

  • Click [Yes] at the User Access Control prompt


  •  When Setup is completed, Click the [Sign in] button.

  • Login to Office365 with domain account and password. Click the [Sign in] button.


  • Leave the Default location. Click [Next]

  • Leave settings checked to Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive. Click [Next]

  • Install is completed. Click [Open my OneDrive – Business folder] or [X] out of the window to close.


Continue to the next section: Configuring System to default My Document Library folders to OneDrive.

This will change applications to use the OneDrive folder when saving to the default My Documents Library.



Configuring System to default My Document Library folders to OneDrive


Open Windows Explorer and expand the Libraries folder.



Expand the Documents folder and right-click on the My Documents folder.


Select Properties from the pop-up menu.




Click on the Location tab.

Change the default location to:
c:\user\{username}\OneDrive – Business\Documents


Note: replace {username} with same account name used to logon to Office365


Click [OK]

Click [Yes] if prompted to Create Folder





When prompted to Move Folder, click [Yes] This will move the files in the current location to the OneDrive folder.


Syncing of the folder will begin and a green circle icon with a white check mark will appear next to the folder.


Repeat Task above for the My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos folders.


To verify the default local file location change:

a. Open Word

b. From the File Menu tab, select Options.

c. Select the Save option and verify the Default local file location: is now point to the OneDrive – Business folder.



Once the procedure is completed, the files will synchronize with the OneDrive for Business on Office365 portal. Access to the files via the Office365 portal site, https://tenants-name 

Note: access to the SharePoint site is – without the -my.



Publish Date:    January 30, 2016

Last review Date:    January 30, 2016

Doc Number:    HT0011601

Author:    H.W. Mattos



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