OneDrive / SkyDrive – fix for onedrive sync engine host stopped working

26 May

As an IT professional I tend to work on multiple systems (tablets, laptops, desktops) and I use OneDrive (SkyDrive) extensively to always have access to the latest versions of my documents.

I love OneDrive, but today when I wanted to continue working on my desktop I got an error : “onedrive sync engine host stopped working”. So first thing I tried was just restarting OneDrive, which didn’t work. Then I figured … ah well let’s just reboot and see what happens.

When this also didn’t work I looked online and saw I wasn’t the only one experiencing this. I also came across the OneDrive Troubleshooter tool. After I ran this, followed the instructions and waited about 5-10 minutes, it worked properly again.

I hope this helps you to resolve similar issues.


  • In processes the process shows as OneDrive Sync Engine Host , but the process is still SkyDrive.exe
  • In the application log, an event 1000 was generated with the following information:Faulting application name: skydrive.exe, version: 6.3.9600.17055, time stamp: 0x53291a62
    Faulting module name: unknown, version:, time stamp: 0x00000000
    Exception code: 0x00000000
    Fault offset: 0x0000000000000000
    Faulting process id: 0x1050
    Faulting application start time: 0x01cf78c9a55d1428
    Faulting application path: C:\Windows\System32\skydrive.exe
    Faulting module path: unknown
    Report Id: 43b283ee-e4bd-11e3-826f-bc5ff4e873f4
    Faulting package full name:
    Faulting package-relative application ID:



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6 responses to “OneDrive / SkyDrive – fix for onedrive sync engine host stopped working

  1. Ansif KM

    June 24, 2014 at 14:40

    Thanks, it works for me…:)


  2. Christian Oliff

    July 25, 2014 at 09:52

    Thanks for the tip. This worked for me and fixed the Host Sync error. 🙂


    • Bjorn Houben

      July 25, 2014 at 18:36

      Glad to hear it helped. Microsoft also just released a OneDrive stability update so hopefully you won’t need to fix again 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. robee

    July 28, 2014 at 14:40

    my solution to the OneDrive stopped issue:
    Control Panel
    Programs Add / Remove
    uninstall OneDrive…

    voila! never stops again… XD


  4. John Babcock

    August 10, 2014 at 13:57

    The troubleshooter seems to have resolved the problem of OneDrive restarting. I have seldom if ever had a problem with SkyDrive/OneDrive on my Windows 7 systems. The problems with OneDrive have been frequently encountered on Windows 8.1 systems. Another pet peeve is why does Microsoft assume that I want all OneDrive host folders available on local systems. I guess that Microsoft figures that I am to dumb to manage my systems and that Microsoft knows best!


  5. John

    October 2, 2017 at 08:40

    -Hi there,
    I could not open the Troubleshootet tool and I do not have any apps in my Windows 8.1. They all dissappeared. I do not know where.
    Robee mentions that we should remove One Drive from the programs. I can’t find it in Programs, so what are talking about?
    Anybody knows how to fix my problem, please?
    Thank you.



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