Situations of Google Drive Not Syncing Windows 10
Google Drive and its file uploading/backing up/syncing tool installed on local device (desktop, laptop, phone, notebook, etc.) have served Google users very well until Win 10 released. While computer user are cheering up of upgrading freely from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 as well as upgrading their Google Drive local app, they are upset to find that their new Google Drive not syncing on the new Windows10.
“On upgraded Windows 10, where google drive stopped synchronizing, with the tray icon missing, although no errors would appear even when i attempted to run it from the start menu…”
“Transparent icon and no menu on clicks.”
“Almost gave up on GDrive altogether...”
“Google Drive synced properly until I upgraded my security by adding a verification code step.”
“I can’t wait any more...off to OneDrive or Dropbox...unbelievable.”
“Google Drive WILL NOT LOAD!! See attached screenshot. Just keeps spinning and never loads.”
It seems that it due to new Google Drive does not compatible with the new Win10 operating system. Changes to one part is fine, but changes to both parts will probably cause problems. They have no time to fit each other.
More detailed causes may be something goes wrong while installation or update; Google Drive is recognized as malware/spyware or something evil to the OS by Windows Firewall or antivirus software; or Google Drive just gets conflicted with Microsoft OneDrive for Microsoft does not want other’s kids to play at its playground.
General Methods to Solve Google Drive Does Not Sync Windows 10
I have searched through the Internet and gathered workarounds provided by some Google Drive users which have helped some of them to solve their Google Drive will not syncing Windows 10 problems. The following are the most applicable ones.
Solution 1 – Reinstall Google Drive
There may be something corrupted in your Windows Registry. It is recommended to uninstall the current unworkable Google Drive from your computer completely with a third party uninstaller like Cclean.
Eliminate anything and everything to do with Google Drive from your device, googledrivesync.exe, gsync.exe, etc. Try to cheek through registry directories to delete all files related to Google Drive. Delete ALL the left over files even in Recycle Bin. Whatever, just delete everything you can come up with related to Google, maybe even Chrome.
Thus, you can have a clean reinstallation of Google Drive. You can choose to install the version you just get rid of; you can install the very latest version for it may have solved the Google Drive not Syncing Windows 10 problem; you can just install the older version from which you upgraded to the useless version; or, you may try this old version provided by a user and tested well by a great of many users.
During installation, the Windows Firewall or other antivirus software on your computer may prevent you from installing Google Drive. In such situation, you can turn off the Firewall or disable the antivirus program and keep the process going. After reinstallation, you can turn on the security and disable the automatic update/upgrade of the Google Drive/Synchronize for the PC. Then, the new installed Google Drive should work.
Solution 2 – Change Language to English (Applies to non-English computers)
The problem maybe the LOCALE of the program. Check the log file to confirm the problem. If it is so, entered this command into CMD: set LANG=en_US and then: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe", restarted it and it can work!
If command prompt is difficult to you, then, you can do like this.
1. Change the language to English United States from Control Panel. (In the middle the OS makes an update of the language package).
2. Then restart the computer, sign in with user when Google Drive ask for User and Password.
3. Finally, configure the language back to your own language, restart the PC and then Google Drive should works as it should!
Solution 3 – Turn off Firewall and Antivirus
Just as mentioned in above, it may be the Windows Firewall or third party antivirus (such as Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee and IObit) who cause Google Drive not syncing Windows 10. Therefore, TEMPORARILY shutting off Windows firewall/antivirus software and in internet options in the security tab turning the security level all the way down. Temporarily may be refers to duration of your installation of Google Drive, or maybe when you use Google Drive.
Tip: It is not a good way to disable all security guards all the time. If your Google Drive only works when firewall is shut off, then you should disable security and use Google Drive when you need. After usage, you should get security backup to normal. Yes, this is not convenient for most users. So, just do this until you find another workaround.
Solution 4 – Delete Google Drive Data
Delete folder "C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Google\Drive" and then install Google Drive.
Tip: If you did not install Google Drive by default, that is to say, you did not install Google Drive in C drive, you should find where you install it and delete its data from the directory.
Solution 5 – Run GDrive as Administrator
Just re-run the application as Administrator. Right Click on the google drive app on the Start menu > More > Run as Administrator. Or, use Administrator privilege when installing Google Drive.
Solution 6 – Rename googledrivesync.exe
Go to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\" and rename the "googledrivesync.exe" file to any other name like "googledrivesync123.exe". Then, rename the shortcut. Run it again and it will work.
Solution 7 – Start Google Drive Manually
Close the process and start Google Drive manually from the Start menu. Then, just wait it working in patience.
Solution 8 – Do Settings to GDrive
Google Drive may change settings on your Computer. This change is only needed ONCE (maybe again after an update of Google Drive). If your Google Drive not working Windows 10, you would better get settings done again or just reset to defaults.
Solution 9 – Enable Java Script in Web Browser
If you encounter Google Drive won't sync problem on Internet Explorer, have you tried using Chrome, Opera, Microsoft Edge, etc. browser to check if GDrive works or not? This looks to be a web browser issue and not a Google issue. If Google Drive works on other web browsers, it may be Internet Explorer blocking scripts or some such. Internet Explorer is notoriously bad with compatibility. Go to solve it by “Explorer menu > Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom level”. When the "Security Settings - Internet Zone" dialog window opens, look for the "Scripting" section. In the "Active Scripting" item select "Enable". Then it's done.
If Google Drive not syncing Windows 10 still exist, try to confirm that you have not blocked it on IE. Go to privacy tab - settings - sites... to set cookies for specific websites. Choose to always allow Google.
For more information about enable java script in web browser >> including IE, Chrome and Safari.
Solution 10 – Use US IP Address
Try to use a proxy to change your IP address to US and see whether it works or not.
Solution 11 – Update Windows
1. Connect your computer (or device) to your modem (bypass the router).
2. Turn off your firewall and antivirus on the computer.
3. Install the latest Windows updates and restart.
4. Download and install the latest version of Drive Sync.
Solution 12 – Reconnect Internet or Reboot the Machine
Solution 13 - Return back to Win 7
Solution 14 – Switch to Other Clouds like Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon and Mega
A Special Idea Deals With Google Drive Not Working
If your Google Drive not syncing Windows 10 still, you can try this way as an alternative to temporarily sync local files to Google cloud.
Create an account of multiple cloud drives manager – MultCloud, add your Google Drive account into its online platform, then you can freely upload files from local device to GDrive.
Steps for uploading files to Google Drive is similar to uploading files to Dropbox.
Above are all solutions recommended for Google Drive not syncing Windows 10.