OneDriveSetup.exe Causes High CPU Load on Windows 10

Most often we are facing a lot of default built-in Windows 10 applications that are pretty unstable and rarely used. One from that list is OneDriveSetup.exe process, which can heavily load your CPU. So how to fix this?

What is OneDriveSetup.exe Process?

OneDrive is one of the Microsoft services for hosting files in the “cloud”. OneDrive service offers a simple way to store, synchronizing and share all kinds of files, with other people and devices.

Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone use OneDrive also for synchronizing settings, visual customizations, themes, applications settings and even IE or MS Edge tabs, history and saved passwords. And OneDriveSetup.exe is an executable file for OneDrive update service, most often the problem occurs because of this process.

How to Sync OneDrive Files and Folders With PC?

This function is pretty easy to setup. Follow the instructions:

  1. Find OneDrive icon in system tray;
  2. Right click on the icon and choose Settings;
    onedrivesetup exe settings
  3. In newly appeared window switch to tab Account and click on button Add an account;
    onedrivesetup exe account
  4. Type in your email address in the appropriate field;
    onedrive setup
  5. After you’ve configured account, close and run OneDrive’s Settings once again;
  6. Go to Account tab and click on Choose folders;
    onedrivesetup exe folders
  7. Check on the elements which you want to sync to your machine;
    sync onedrivesetup exe
  8. Save the changes.

How to Fix Issue with OneDriveSetup.exe Process?

All the steps to fix the issue include 3 blocks. You need to perform them as given below – this gives more chances to fix oneDriveSetup.exe high CPU load issue.

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Disable OneDrive Automatic Start During Windows Boot

It’s pretty easy, follow the instructions:

  1. Find OneDrive icon in system tray;
  2. Right click on it and choose Settings;
    onedrivesetup exe settings
  3. In newly appeared window switch to Settings tab;
  4. Check off Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows and click OК;
    onedrivesetup exe autosart

Delete the OneDrive.exe

Important! We don’t recommend you to delete the application because it’s integrated within your system. Do it at your own risk!

Now let’s move forward. At first, we need to end task:

  1. Type in Command Prompt in the Windows search field;
  2. Right click on Command Prompt in the search results and choose Run as administrator;
    command prompt run as administrator
  3. Type in and run command:
     taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe
  4. Now run the following commands:
    1. For 32-х bit system:
       %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
    2. For 64-х bit system:
       %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
  5. Reboot your machine;
  6. Go to folder %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\ (where %USERPROFILE%\ is a name of your account);
  7. Delete all content of the folder;

Tip. In case during process you’ve faced with error, try to reboot your machine and repeat the steps.

  1. Now go to %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\ and run OneDriveSetup.exe;
  2. Wait until you’ll notice a message that the update needed;

Important! It can take up to 5 minutes until you will see a message with error.

  1. After that click Close;
  2. Now go to %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\Update\ and run OneDriveSetup.exe.

Alternative Solution

In case the method above didn’t help you, try to follow these steps:

  1. Run Task Manager by clicking Ctrl+Shift+Esc;
  2. Stop all OneDrive related processes;
  3. Go to folders:
    C:\Users\%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\Update
    C:\Users\%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\StandaloneUpdater

    and delete file OneDriveSetup.exe there;
  4. Now you need to create an empty folder OneDriveSetup.exe in both directories (this will block the service to download and install them automatically).
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That’s all! Now you know why OneDriveSetup.exe loads CPU and how to fix it. Hope this was useful!

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