Files On-Demand, OneDrive automatically downloads GBs of files you freed up every time after reboot

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OneDrive Build 21.052.0314.0001, Windows 10 19042.928

OneDrive option Files On-Demand ON.


I've opened some online files from my OneDrive, and they were correctly downloaded also locally as expected. Once I finished I selected "Free up space" from Explorer for those files to sync them online and remove the physical files from my local HD.

Well, the problem is that on next Windows 10 reboot OneDrive insists to automatically re-download those files locally (!???) and I have to "Free up space" every time manually.

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I've found something interesting looking in detail at OneDrive actions when the mentioned issue happens and it starts re-downloading on my local disk GBs of files I freed up, after next reboot.

The task triggering the issue seems 'CompatTelRunner.exe' (telemetry/compatibility background OS process):


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Can someone in the OneDrive team fix this issue ASAP, preventing OS telemetry tasks from automatically re-downloading OneDrive files you freed up locally (Files On-Demand feature of OneDrive). 

Thank you.

It seems other users before reported a similar issue with CompatTelRunner.exe but MS just ignored this issue

ATM the only workaround is to disable the whole telemetry task from Task Scheduler > Microsoft > Windows > Application Experience (1 and 2 in the attached pic, but 1 only should also work).

Microsoft must provide a real fix though.