How to Fix High CPU Usage by Microsoft OneDrive Setup (OneDriveSetup.exe)?

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Issue: How to Fix High CPU Usage by Microsoft OneDrive Setup (OneDriveSetup.exe)?

I was thinking why my PC gets so sluggish until I found out “Microsoft OneDrive Setup” process, which consumes 20% or sometimes even more CPU. I can answer in advance that the process can be killed, but it restarts automatically after a couple of hours.

I tried disabling and syncing OneDrive, but that did not solve the problem. What else should I try?

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Solved Answer

OneDrive is a pre-installed default application on Windows 10 OS. It has been and still is available for the users of earlier Windows versions, except that they have to install the application manually from the Windows Store.

OneDrive is a “Cloud Storage” utility, meaning that it allows users to upload, keep, and share files on the Internet. In addition to file storage and transmission, OneDrive can synchronize with the visual customization, themes, app settings, Microsoft Edge, history, saved passwords, Xbox One settings, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Phone.

a picture of Microsoft OneDrive Setup CPU consumption

Although it has many rivals, including DropBox, Google Drive, IDrive, and many others, OneDrive takes the leading position.

Likewise any other application on Windows, OneDrive may also bring about problems. Recently, people noticed a file called Microsoft OneDrive Setup running in the background of the system and taking up 15-20% of the CPU or sometimes even more. Now, the process negatively affects PCs performance and significant slowdown is the most conspicuous.

What is the Microsoft OneDrive Setup process?

The Microsoft OneDrive Setup file belongs to the OneDrive app package. It is located in AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\OneDrive\\Update\\OneDriveSetup.exe. Its purpose is to set up OneDrive completely and keep it fully up-to-date.

Although the onedrivesetup.exe process can be killed, but that does not solve the problem of high CPU consumption because the system re-enables it by default. Turning off OneDrive is also not a solution if you opt for using the service.

According to people who are using OneDrive on Windows 10 and encountering the High CPU usage by Microsoft OneDrive Setup process, the culprit seems to be related to the user account name. If your account name contains non-English letters, for example accents or umlauts, the Microsoft OneDrive Setup process may hang during the upgrade process of OneDrive app.

Fixing High CPU Usage by Microsoft OneDrive Setup

Step 1. Create a new local user

  • Press Windows key + R, type netplwiz, and press OK.
  • Click Add and select Sign in without a Microsoft account.
  • Press Local account.

Step 2. Log on to the new local user account

  • Log off from the account where Microsoft OneDrive Setup process is misusing CPU.
  • Log on to the new local user account. OneDrive should not be enabled on it.
  • Navigate to the AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\OneDrive\\Update\\OneDriveSetup.exe and right-click on the OneDriveSetup.exe.
  • Select Run as Administrator. Now OneDrive should start.
  • Log off from the new local account and log on to your original account.
  • Locate OneDrive, right-click it, and select Exit.
  • Navigate to the C:\\Users\\New User\\AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\OneDrive and copy the following files and folders:
    (Version name example: this time it is 17.3.6917.0607) Folder
    Settings folder
    Setup folder
    Update folder
  • Paste the copied files and folders in the C:\\Users\\Original user\\AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\OneDrive Overwrite the copy. (“Original User” stands for the account, which encounters high CPU usage by OneDrive files).
  • If you execute the overwritten C:\\Users\\Original user\\AppData\\Local\\Microsoft\\OneDrive\\OneDrive.exe file, the version notation remains outdated. To fix that, turn off OneDrive again.
  • Locate OneDriveSetup.exe, right-click on it, and select Run as administrator.
  • The setup process should proceed and the high CPU usage by Microsoft OneDrive Setup should be gone.

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