Let’s see if this topic gets anyone’s attention. I expect not. But I’ll just document the problem and see what happens.
First, I am using Windows 8.1 on a HP Pavillion x2 Detachable PC 10. In other words, it’s a tablet with a keyboard, but I have always used it as a mini-laptop which has worked out well. I never really understood why people had such an issue with Windows 8.1 when installed on a tablet. If I were to use device as a tablet detached from a keyboard, I think I would prefer using the tablet interface. But since I use it as a laptop, I always just go right into the desktop, and it acts like any other Windows desktop 7.X or 10 (as far as the interface) with only a few minor differences.
Anyway, I have stayed with Windows 8.1 on this device given that it has only 2GB of memory, so I think Windows 10 is not going to do well with limited memory. And Windows 8 is still supported at this time, so no need to upgrade now.
I have been satisfied with this machine as far as performance and what I use it for which is just a step up from a phone with a keyboard with a much larger display. I use it when I doing other things like watching TV or reading so I can maybe look something up or work on a to-do list or pay bills, etc. It is just a way to multi-task a bit while I may be doing something else, and it’s perfect for that.
So the problem is that I have OneDrive installed on the Pavillion, and that has caused a major issue now since the files on my OneDrive cloud have been syncing to this device, and now I have no more space on my little 24 GB drive. My OneDrive setting is to store files Online Only, but OneDrive has already downloaded nearly 22 GB of files from OneDrive leaving me with an inadequate amount of space on my drive to run Windows. The performance now on my device sucks since it lacks space to manage virtual memory, etc.
The question is how do a resolve this issue. I would like to keep OneDrive on the Pavillion using the file on demand feature. But I already have 22 GB of data sync’d from OneDrive to this machine. I know I cannot just delete the OneDrive files since that will remove the files from the OneDrive cloud.
I have clicked on “Make all files online only…” to free up the space, but that does not appear to be working. Is there a way to get that option to work in Windows 8? That would be the preferable route to go if I can get that to work. The other option is to make sure that OneDrive is disabled completely and then delete the local files. But I am not sure what happens if and when I enable OneDrive again. Will it try to sync and start removing all the files in the cloud that I have removed locally? That is a scary scenario. The last option is to just remove OneDrive completely from this machine and never use it again, but that makes this machine much less useful since my OneDrive files will not be accessible which is a bummer.
Any ideas? I have been checking for Windows 8 updates on a regular basis since this issue appears to be a bug with OneDrive on Windows 8. My other machines running Windows 10 (and I think even on Windows 7) do not have this issue, and the OneDrive settings interface is a bit different as well giving more options, at least on Windows 10.
Thanks for your attention, if you made it this far.