How to Fix OneDrive Error 0x80070194 On Windows?

OneDrive users often encounter “OneDrive error 0x80070194: The cloud file provider exited unexpectedly” when they try to open OneDrive files or copy files from the OneDrive folder. An error code of 0x80070194 indicates a syncing issue in Windows 10, which may cause an application or File Explorer crash. Thus, you cannot copy files from the OneDrive folder on Windows 10 and encounter the error message.

Fortunately, there are several troubleshooting methods that can help you fix the issue in no time. In this guide, we will walk you through them in detail. Let’s get right into it!

Pause and Resume Syncing

If you are facing the error 0x80070194 on OneDrive, then the first thing that you should do is pause syncing and then resume it after a few minutes. This fix helped several users resolve the issue, which is why we recommend you give it a shot.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Locate and right-click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar. If you cannot locate your Drive icon, head over to this post.
  2. Click on the gear icon in the top-right corner of the context menu.
  3. Choose Pause syncing from the context menu, and click on 2 hours from the drop-down menu.
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    Pause Syncing on Onedrive
  4. After a couple of minutes, resume syncing by following the same steps above.
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    Resume one drive again

Reset OneDrive

A corrupted cache can affect system performance and an application’s efficiency, causing issues like the error 0x80070194. Network certificates may also have been configured improperly. OneDrive reset using normal Run commands may actually resolve your problem, as resetting OneDrive restores both network certificates and application settings to the defaults.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Type cmd in the search area of your taskbar and hit Run as administrator to launch elevated Command Prompt.
  2. Once you are inside the Command Prompt window, type the command mentioned below and hit Enter to execute it. This will reset OneDrive to its default settings. For a few moments, you may notice the OneDrive icon disappearing from your status bar.

    %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset
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    Type the code above
  3. After a few minutes, if your taskbar icon does not appear, execute the following command in Command Prompt:

    %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe
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    Enter the code above
  4. You will see blue arrows on your OneDrive icon once this command has been executed, showing that the files have been synced. Check that all the files have been synced correctly after the synchronization process has been completed.

Uninstall and Reinstall OneDrive

If none of the methods mentioned above work for you, this implies that the error 0x80070194 cannot be resolved using the conventional troubleshooting methods. If this scenario is applicable, uninstalling and reinstalling OneDrive is most likely the only way that will fix the issue. 

Here is how you can do so:

  1. Type cmd in the search area of your taskbar and hit Run as administrator to launch elevated Command Prompt.
  2. Type the command mentioned below in the Command Prompt window and hit Enter to execute it.

    taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe
    taskkill-onedrive
    Taskkill Onedrive
  3. Next, type %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall and press Enter if you are running 64 bits Windows Version. If you are running a 32 bit Windows version then type %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall. Hit Enter to execute.

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    Uninstall Onedrive using cmd
  4. Once the command is executed, the system will uninstall OneDrive. Next, we will delete the files associated with OneDrive on your system.
  5. Launch File Explorer and type %UserProfile%\OneDrive in the address bar located in the middle top and press Enter.
  6. Hold CTRL and press A. Then, right-click on the selected files and select Delete.
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    Delete all files inside Onedrive
  7. Now, type %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive in the address bar and hit Enter.
  8. Right-click on the logs folder and select Delete. Do this for all the folders and files present in this directory except the Update file
  9. Then, type %ProgramData%\Microsoft OneDrive in the address bar and hit Enter.
  10. Delete all the files present here.
  11. Once done, restart your PC.
  12. Upon reboot, launch File Explorer again and navigate to ‘C:\Users\YourComputerName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive’
  13. Double click the Update folder
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    Double click update folder
  14. Select the OneDriveSetup file by double-clicking on it and follow the screen instructions to reinstall OneDrive. This should fix the error 0x80070194. 
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    Double click onedrivesetup
Zainab Falak
Zainab is a self-motivated information technology professional, with a thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation, and administration.

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