Windows 8.1 altered the way Windows handled OneDrive integration, using “pointer files” to make it look like your OneDrive-stored files were on your PC, but they weren’t really downloaded until you tried to open them. That’s gone in Windows 10. Microsoft’s reverting to the way Windows 7 and 8 handled OneDrive integration, with a selective sync option. A useful side-effect: The handy-dandy Fetch feature is back, after being abandoned in Windows 8.1.
Fetch grants you access to the full file system of any PC you have OneDrive installed on, so you can grab files even if they aren’t stored in the cloud. You have to enable it first, however. To do so, right-click on the OneDrive icon in your taskbar’s System Tray and select Settings. In the window that appears, check the “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of the files on my PC” box.
Now, whenever you access your OneDrive storage’s web interface, you’ll see a list of your PCs in the left-hand pane. Simply click on one you’ve configured with Fetch and you’ll see that PC’s entire file system, assuming it’s online. Select the file you need and choose from the Open, Download, and Upload to OneDrive options to snag it.