How to Remove, Disable, Uninstall OneDrive

How to Remove OneDrive? OneDrive comes Installation with Windows 10 and is enabled by default if you sign on with a Microsoft account. If you don’t work in OneDrive, however, and don’t want it running in the background, there are some hoops you can jump through to disable it or get rid of it everywhere in Windows 10.

We’ve shown you how to get rid of the OneDrive icon in File Explorer with a registry hack, but that doesn’t disable OneDrive and it will still show up elsewhere. Although Microsoft doesn’t provide an easy way to disable OneDrive, you can disable it everywhere in Windows 10 or manually uninstall it.

uninstalling OneDrive will prevent it from running as well as remove it from File Explorer, and you can easily re-enable it later if you want to. Unfortunately, Windows 10 Home users don’t have access to the group policy editor, so they won’t have this choice. But if you’re running Pro or another version type of Windows 10, go to the Group Policy Editor (type in “gpedit.msc” in the search box) and go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive. Then process the “Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage” setting.

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How to Remove, Disable, Uninstall OneDrive
How to Remove, Disable, Uninstall OneDrive

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To completely uninstall OneDrive

  1. Open Command Prompt in Administrator mode: Right-click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and press Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type in taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe to terminate any OneDrive processes and hit Enter button.
  3. Then type in either %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall if you’re using 32-bit Windows 10 or %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall if you’re using 64-bit Windows 10 and hit Enter button.

You won’t see a confirmation dialog or progress bar when you do this, but if you try to find for OneDrive, the app will no longer be found. Your OneDrive folder and files, however, will still be available.

If you do want to disable the OneDrive related folders and their contents, head to TechJourney for additional commands to run as well as orphaned registry keys to clean up.

Should you change your mind and want to enable OneDrive again, head to the “%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\” folder in File Explorer and run the OneDriveSetup.exe program.

How can I disable OneDrive?

If you want to stop using the OneDrive service, but leave the app on your PC or laptop in that case you change your mind later, then the best option is to simply disable it. This only takes a few minutes, and you start by looking in the Notification area at the right-hand end of the Taskbar.

When you see the OneDrive icon, press right-click on it to open a menu from which you need to select Settings.

A window will appear. Make sure the Account tab is selected, then press the Unlink this PC option, followed by Unlink this account.

Now OneDrive will stop syncing/working anything from your PC to the cloud. Any data you already have stored on the OneDrive servers will still be there, but new items will only be stored on your PC’s hard drive.

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How to Remove OneDrive
How to Remove OneDrive

How can I remove OneDrive?

If you want to go a step further and remove any signs of OneDrive from your PC then you’ll need to disable or hide the app.

OneDrive is an integral part of Windows 10, so you’ll find you’re not allowed to disable it, but there are options still open to you.

To see if you can remove OneDrive, open the Start Menu then right-click on the OneDrive application. Select Uninstall, then you’ll be taken to the Uninstall or Change a program menu.

Here, right-click on OneDrive, then choose Uninstall. As we say, this option may not be available, depending on which version type of Windows you have.

Now confirm that this program can make changes to your system, and Windows will disable OneDrive from your PC.

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