How to stop protecting important folders with Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive has a new folder protection feature that allows you to sync your Windows 10 folders (Desktop, Pictures, and Documents) to the cloud service to make sure those files are protected against ransomware, viruses, and other malware.

f you no longer want to sync and protect folders or you want to include additional folders to Microsoft OneDrive, you can update your settings using these steps:


Click on the OneDrive icon  in the taskbar


Click on More > Settings


Click on the Auto Save tab and under “Protect your important folders“, click on the Update folders


Under Manage protection of important folders, click on Stop protecting under the folder you no longer want to protect

NOTE:  This is only an example for stopping protection on the Desktop folder.


You will then be prompted to confirm that you want to Turn off protection.  Click on Stop protection to confirm.

After completing the steps, depending on your configuration, OneDrive will stop syncing your Windows 10 account folder that you selected.

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