Fix Error 0x8007016a Cloud File provider Is Not Working in Windows 11

When you try to move, open, or delete a folder or file from One Drive, do you come up with an error 0x8007016A? If yes, this tells us that we can’t open a specific file or simply the file will not work. The complete error message reads as follows,

An unexpected error is keeping you from moving the file. If you continue to receive this error, you can use the error code to search for help with this problem.

Error 0x8007016A : The cloud file provider is not running.

This error is very common among Windows users who use One Drive to save the data. One Drive is an internet-based Storage service introduced by Microsoft. Users can directly store the files in the cloud and use them on their devices. There are various reasons for this error code to occur, the most common ones are

  1. Wrong Windows 11 Update
  2. One Drive’s file on demand is Enabled
  3. One Drive’s Sync function is Disabled
  4. Power Plan of the system is limiting the syncing Feature
  5. One Drive Files may be corrupted / Glitched One drive Folder

Do not worry, as you can easily get rid of this error with some tested fixes. This article takes you through the different fixes we have bought together to remove the error.

Fix 1: Disabling the files on demand

Before you start the process, make sure the main One Drive Service is running on your system. If not first enable the service by following the below steps.

1 – Search OneDrive in search box and then click on One drive to open it once.

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Now, it will start appearing in Taskbar

This will start the One Drive service automatically.

Now, you can move forward with the following steps to disable the files on demand.

Step 1: On the taskbar menu, click on the One Drive icon.


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NOTE: If you do not find the icon in the taskbar, click on the Show hidden icons arrow to get the One Drive icon visible.

Step 2: Now, click on Help & Settings > Settings.


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Step 3: Under the Settings tab, uncheck the box under Files on Demand.


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Step 4: Once, you uncheck the box, you will get a pop-up window, click on Yes.


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Step 5: Restart your system and wait for the One Drive service to start and see if the error is resolved.

Fix 2: Resume the file SyncProcess

Sometimes, the sync process in the One drive may have stopped or paused due to various reasons like personal intervention, or power plan change, etc.  You need to resume back this sync process with the cloud functionality.

Step 1: Click on the One Drive icon present on the taskbar to launch.


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Step 2: Click on Help & Settings > Resume Syncing.


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Step 3: Restart your system to see if the error is resolved.


Fix 3: Modify the Power Plan

Some restrictive power plans on your system may be stopping the syncing process in order to save the battery power. So we might need to modify our current power plan and see if that helps. To do so,

Step 1:  Press Win+R to open the run window and type powercfg.cpl


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Step 2: Now, Click on Create a Power Plan.


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Step 3: Next, click on High Performance and click Next.


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Step 4: Finally, set the parameters and click on Create.


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Step 5: Restart your system to launch the One Drive and see if the error is resolved.


Fix 4: Reset your OneDrive


Step 1: Press Win+R to open the Run Terminal Window.

Step 2: Now, copy and paste the command given below in the open tab and hit Enter.



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Step 3: This will reset your OneDrive app. After this, one drive will start automatically. If it does not start, open the Command prompt and type the below command, and hit Enter.



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Step 4: Now, open a folder in One Drive and see if the error is resolved.


Fix 5: Reinstall OneDrive

Step 1: Type Apps & Features in the search tab and hit Enter.


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Step 2: Scroll down to select OneDrive. Click on 3-dots and click on Uninstall.


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Step 3: Now, go to the OneDriveWebsite and follow the on-screen instructions to download and install OneDrive on your system.


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Step 4: Once you install OneDrive, open a file and see if the error is resolved.

Fix 6: New Folder Workaround

In this fix, you will be creating a new folder and then deleting it. This is done because creating a new folder will not immediately sync with OneDrive and this will help you in deleting all the files as they will be in offline mode. To do this,

Step 1: Open the folder that has the affected files.


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Step 2: Create a new folder by right-clicking anywhere in the opened folder.


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Step 3: Now, move the affected files into the newly created folder.


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Step 4: Finally, right-click and delete the folder.


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Step 5: Open your OneDrive and see if the error is fixed.


Fix 7: Delete Glitched Folder using PowerShell

This fix can be helpful when a particular single folder causes the error. To do this,

Step 1: Press Win+R to open the Run window, type Powershell.Press Cltr+Shift+Enter to open it as admin.


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Step 2: Enter the keyword Remove- Item “OneDrive folder name” -Recurse — Force, to completely remove your glitched folder or file.

Here, my OneDrive folder causing the error is Glitched Folder.

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Step 3: Restart your system and open OneDrive to see if the error is resolved.

Fix 8: Check for Windows 11 Updates


Step 1: Type Windows Update Settings in the Start Search tab and hit Enter.


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Step 2: Now, click on Check for Updates.


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Step 3:  If an update is available, it will download and install automatically.

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Step 4: Once done, Restart your system and Sign in to your One Drive and see if the error is resolved.


Fix 9: Repair Install your PC

If all the above fixes do not work for you, try the repair install option. To do this follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Type Reset This PC in the search box and hit Enter.


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Step 2: Click on Reset PC.


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Step 3:  You can choose the option based on your need.

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Step 4: Click the Second Option.


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Step 5: Finally click on Reset.

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That’s all.

Hope this article is informative.

Comment and let us know which fix helped you.

Thanks for Reading.