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Windows 10 - Disable ONEDRIVE completely

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Disable OneDrive Everywhere in Windows and Apps Completely

  1. Press Win + R keyboard accelerator to open Run dialog box.
  2. Type GPedit.msc and hit Enter or OK to open Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> OneDrive.
  4. In the right pane, double click on policy named Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage.
  5. Select the Enabled radio button.
  6. Click or tap OK when done.

That’s it. OneDrive icon is hidden from Explorer, and OneDrive app is completely disabled and prevented from running, and access or work with files on OneDrive from any desktop apps or modern apps is blocked. For example:

  • Can’t access OneDrive from the OneDrive app and file picker.
  • Windows Store apps can’t access OneDrive using the WinRT API.
  • OneDrive doesn’t appear in the navigation pane in File Explorer.
  • OneDrive files aren’t kept in sync with the cloud.
  • Can’t automatically upload photos and videos from the camera roll folder.

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Complete Remove and Uninstall OneDrive

It’s impossible to manually uninstall and remove OneDrive in Windows 10 by the step-by-step guide below. Run the commands to be executed in the process below in an Administrator Command Prompt.

Uninstall OneDrive

  1. Terminate any process of OneDrive by running the following command:
    taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe
  2. Uninstall OneDrive app by running one of the following command:

    In 32-bit Windows 10 (x86):
    %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

    In 64-bit Windows 10 (x64):
    %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall


One you ran the above command, OneDrive desktop app is uninstalled completely and cleanly. Most of the time, no progress bar nor confirmation dialog is shown. However, when you search for OneDrive, the app no longer be found.

Cleaning and Removing OneDrive Remnants

However, as OneDrive is a cloud storage service which is dealing with user data, there are remnants and leftovers from OneDrive app that are still available on the system as uninstallation does not remove user data, most prominently been the OneDrive folder. Run the commands below to clean up those remnants by deleting OneDrive related folders and their contents:

Make sure that the following folders no longer contain any user data before proceeding with the following commands.

rd "%UserProfile%\OneDrive" /Q /S
rd "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive" /Q /S
rd "%ProgramData%\Microsoft OneDrive" /Q /S
rd "C:\OneDriveTemp" /Q /S

Delete and Remove OneDrive in File Explorer Folder Tree Registry Key

OneDrive has registry keys which add itself to the Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10. After uninstalling OneDrive, these registry keys are orphaned, and can be removed.

REG Delete "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}" /f
REG Delete "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}" /f


Edited by SilverRook

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Is there an issue or is this a "Fuck off MS you are being too nosey" post. ( one of the reasons I am trying to avoid W10)

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It would appear to kill it in win 7 you have to activate it before you can uninstall it

Edited by The Pale Rider

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totally a "Fuck off MS you are being too nosey" post....

its EVERYWHERE on windows 10.

runs in the background as your MS cloud storage - requires you to log in to windows 

just more MS bloatware.

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Posted (edited)

*updated to include complete removal and utter destruction of bloatdrive

Edited by SilverRook

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