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How to fetch files remotely from Windows 10 PC using OneDrive website

One of the lesser known and lesser used feature of OneDrive is the Fetch files feature. One can use Fetch files feature to access all the files remotely on your PC from another computer by using OneDrive website. If you have forgotten to upload files to OneDrive but still you can access those files on your PC remotely. We had seen earlier how to Fetch files in Windows 7, but this feature was removed from Windows 8.1. With Windows 10, this feature is back and we will see more about it.

Fetch files remotely from Windows 10 PC using OneDrive website

While accessing the remote PC for the first time, one might have to pass the security check for the Trusted PC and will receive the security code helping protect your computer from unauthorized access.

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In some cases, Group Policy on your domain-joined computer may prevent the use of this Fetch file feature,  and so the Fetch files settings may be unavailable. One will have to contact the network admin for this.

As mentioned, this feature is not available on Windows 8.1, but one can use Windows 8.1 running systems to Fetch files from other supported PCs. That means you can’t Fetch files from a PC running Windows 8.1. Similarly, one can use a Mac to fetch files from a PC running Windows.

This is one of the useful features of OneDrive and if you haven’t yet tried it, give it a try as sometimes you need a file badly but forgotten to upload to OneDrive. This makes it convenient to access your PC remotely.