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OneDrive For Business error: “the server you are trying to access is using an authentication protocol not supported by this version of Office”

I don’t like OneDrive for Business. If I had a choice, I’d use Google Drive for everything as in my experience it is bulletproof, but alas my employer mandates OneDrive.

It is a pain to keep it working and it will always eventually fall over. I’m not sure why it does this, but after a while OneDrive for Business just seems to fall apart and eventually you are left with either having to conduct a Repair, or completely blow it away and start again from scratch.

I’ve found this problemĀ a couple of times when having issues OneDrive for Business. When trying to fix my sync issues, I end up with the error stating that:

“the server you are trying to access is using an authentication protocol not supported by this version of Office”.

There doesn’t seem to be any way to resolve this directly with OneDrive. OneDrive for Business will ask for credentials, but once entered will never get past the login screen.

The only way I’ve found to fix this is to:

  1. Open one of the Office desktop applications (e.g. Word)
  2. Sign out of your Microsoft account
  3. Sign back in to your Microsoft account

Re-establishing the credentials in this way seems to flow through to OneDrive for Business, which will then allow me to re-sync my libraries.

Frustrating I know.

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Windows 10 – Start Menu Search Woes

I’ve started using Windows 10 at work and so far it has bee a relatively painless experience. Overall, I quite like the new OS, as I’m stepping up from W7 and there are many improvements.

As expected, there are a number of quirky things going on when I try to do different things. The most annoying of these is the fact that the Start menu search isn’t showing applications that I have installed. After some searching I found a solution posted on a W10 forum which worked for me. I’m putting that solution here for ease of access and persistence reasons.

To view the original post by user ‘nushydude’ see here.

Problem

When I press the Windows key and start typing the name of a program I’ve installed in Windows 10, the search results do not show the program.

Solution

  1. Open Indexing Options by pressing the Win + X key combo and opening the Control Panel. When viewed as small icons, you’ll see Indexing Options.
  2. In Indexing Options, I clicked ‘Modify’ and removed all the unnecessary stuff such as Visio Content, Outlook, Offline files etc. I left ‘Users’ and ‘Start Menu’.
  3. Going to services.msc, I stopped and then disabled the Windows Search service.
  4. In Explorer, navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search and moved the ‘Data’ folder to C:\temp. This is so once Windows Search starts again, it will recreate the search database.
  5. Rebooted.
  6. Re-enabled (Automatic, delayed start) and started Windows Search service in services.msc.
  7. Waited about 10 – 15 minutes for the search to rebuild.

After waiting for a while, the search rebuild was complete. Then when I repeated my original query where I press the Win key and start typing the name of an application, it found the application.

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