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Windows 7: A SkyDrive folder suddenly appeared, where did it come from?

21 Oct 2014   #1
drmiller

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
A SkyDrive folder suddenly appeared, where did it come from?

I've googled, but I haven't found an explanation of how the folder could suddenly appear by itself. Is it evidence of a virus? The folder does have a timestamp near the time I signed up for a free trial of MS Office, but it's disturbing to think that trying Office caused this folder to appear in my home directory. If the act of trying MSOffice caused the folder to appear, then I have to ask what else did MSOffice do to my computer that I didn't ask for? Do I now have services running on my computer to support SkyDrive? Does my computer now connect automatically to some MS servers somewhere in the world without my knowledge?


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21 Oct 2014   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Use the links above my signature image to take and upload screen shots here,
Most like onedrive/ skydrive desktop or cloud but lets see it,
Cheers.
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22 Oct 2014   #3
drmiller

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

@ThrashZone, thank you kindly for the response. I don't see any signature image nor links for uploading, so I've put some screenshots of a directory listing and the properties panel at:

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22 Oct 2014   #4
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Did you recently install any of the following?

-Office
-Windows live essentials
-skydrive for desktop
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23 Oct 2014   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi thanks for the update,
Click Start and any of the personal file listings Pic/ Vids/... and look on the top left Under Favorites,
Is there a Onedrive or Skydrive listing there ?
Windows Essentials - Download Windows Live Essentials
If so windows updates must of install the skydrive desktop app or as Andrew said Onedrive/ Skydrive is included in Windows essentials 2012 but could of been added by Office 365 ?
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26 Oct 2014   #6
drmiller

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

So it seems that Microsoft installed the OneDrive/SkyDrive thing on my computer when I signed up for a free trial month of MS Office. Did MS also start services running on my computer to support SkyDrive? Does my computer now make network connections to the outside world that I don't know about?
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26 Oct 2014   #7
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drmiller View Post
Does my computer now make network connections to the outside world that I don't know about?
No. If you are not signed into skydrive, it is just a folder. If you are, it only initiates a connection when the folder is modified or looked at.
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26 Oct 2014   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You can disable or remove SkyDrive in Windows 7 Pro ... How to guide:
How to Remove SkyDrive Pro from Your Right-Click Context Menu
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27 Oct 2014   #9
drmiller

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks all for the information; the mystery is solved. But am I the only one that thinks it's a bit presumptuous for a software vendor to install a network-shared folder without telling me when all I asked to do was to evaluate a word processor?
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27 Oct 2014   #10
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drmiller View Post
Thanks all for the information; the mystery is solved. But am I the only one that thinks it's a bit presumptuous for a software vendor to install a network-shared folder without telling me when all I asked to do was to evaluate a word processor?
I don't know if you are the only one, I can just say that speaking for myself, I am extremely happy to have OneDrive (former SkyDrive) and be able to use it. I can see no problems to have an OneDrive folder on a PC, it's up to the user to decide if it will be used or not.

If you sign up for an Microsoft email account, you automatically get a free 15 GB OneDrive. If you do not store any files on the OneDrive (or SkyDrive) folder on your Windows, nothing will be sent to MS servers. Only the files you store in OneDrive folder will be synced (sent to OneDrive), you can then access them from any web browser on any computer.

Kari
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