Disable or Uninstall OneDrive Completely in Windows 10

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OneDrive (previously SkyDrive, Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Folders) is a personal cloud file hosting, storage and sync service from Microsoft. In Windows 10, the OneDrive desktop app is installed and comes natively with the operating system. And if you sign into Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account (MSA), OneDrive is also enabled by default.

However, not everyone uses OneDrive. Some may prefer other similar cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud Drive, Box and many more. Or many may simply not using any cloud storage service or file hosting service at all, especially at computers used in businesses, corporations, enterprises, schools and educational institutions.

Unlike Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or earlier Windows operating systems, OneDrive desktop app is tightly integrated with Windows 10. OneDrive folder is in File Explorer’s navigation pane right from the moment you starting to use Windows 10. In fact, by default Windows 10 does not provide a way for users to uninstall and remove OneDrive app, whether it’s from “Programs and Features” of “Control Panel” or Windows Store. You simply won’t find any OneDrive entry to initiate the uninstallation process.

However, there are several ways available in Windows 10 to deal with OneDrive app, depending on whether you want to hide, disable, remove or uninstall the OneDrive. The tutorial provides all the options available with step-by-step guide.

Official Way to Uninstall OneDrive via Settings or Control Panel

Beginning from Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703 (or more specifically beginning from Windows 10 Build 14986), OneDrive is showing as a standalone app in Apps & features section of Settings and Programs & Features section of Control Panel, and hence, could be uninstalled via official uninstaller.

Here’s how to uninstall OneDrive via Settings or Control Panel. Do note that Windows 10 may still have some remnants of OneDrive such as shortcuts after removal.

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.

    Disable OneDrive

  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.
  • Sign out and sign in again, or restart the computer.
Registry Settings
The policy above is actually set a setting in Registry, which is useful for people who prefer to use Registry Editor. In addition, Windows 10 Home does not come with Group Policy Editor too.

Here’s how to use Registry Editor to turn off OneDrive everywhere completely:

  1. Press Win + R keyboard accelerator to open Run dialog box.
  2. Type RegEdit.exe and hit Enter or OK to open Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following registry key:


  4. Right click on Windows and select New -> Key. Name the new key as OneDrive.

    Note: If OneDrive key already exists, skip this step.

  5. Right click on OneDrive registry key, and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value name as DisableFileSyncNGSC
  6. Set the data for DisableFileSyncNGSC registry value as 1.

    Turn Off OneDrive in Registry

    Note: DisableFileSync registry value only works in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and does not work in Windows 10.

  7. Close Registry Editor.
  8. Sign out and sign in again, or restart the computer.

Hide and Remove OneDrive from Navigation Pane of Windows Explorer

If you just want to remove the OneDrive entry in the navigation pane (also known as side panel or folder tree) in the File Explorer, or the OneDrive folder still exists in File Explorer after disabling OneDrive, follow the guide to remove OneDrive from Windows 10 File Explorer Navigation Side Panel.

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

By | 2017-03-22T23:43:39+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Online Services|Tags: , , , |154 Comments

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  • Kim Ole Berntsen

    This worked! Best how-to on this matter! 🙂

  • Alex

    Thank, I hate Clouds

  • LondonMontmorency

    Quote: “DisableFileSync registry value only works in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and does not work in Windows 10.”

    Er… What does this mean?

    What is ‘DisableFileSync’? Is it the same as ‘DisableFileSyncNGSC’? If yes, then what is the point of this guide being titled “… in Windows 10”, when it doesn’t really work in Windows 10? And if GPEdit does the same thing (as you say), then GPEdit solution shouldn’t work in Windows 10 either… So, again, does this work in WIndows 10 or not?

    I tried GPEdit approach, BTW, and no, it did not make OneDrive disappear from the Explorer panel.

    • Ted FullName

      Try the complete uninstall process.

      • Benjamin Xu

        But the it will come back later at some point saying OneDrive is updated to a new version. This is really annoying.

  • Chris

    I don’t have GPedit.msc on my win10 computer. Now what?

    • Ted FullName

      It covers that at the very end, after one goes through the entire process. Figures. Look for the section that is just below that entitled completely remove/uninstall one drive

    • Reza Esmaeily

      But i have GPedit.msc On my Win10 Pro!

  • Ted FullName

    LK, puh-leaseeee.

    Reflect that Win10 home does not have gpedit AT THE BEGINNING OF THAT SECTION. The same applies to the Win10 reference for the regedit.

  • Ray

    Can’t use the command

    rd “%LocalAppData%MicrosoftOneDrive” /Q /S
    it says acces denied…

    • Vicky

      The DLLs are currently loaded into memory, restart your computer.

    • Neiro

      The files are in use by explorer. Once the cmd is open, use task manager to kill explorer.exe and run the command. When done type explorer and hit enter to restart it.

      • Brayden Turner

        Thanks a lot, that worked. Now One Drive can kiss it’s butt goodbye.

  • jz4467

    Thank you for posting this–I was really getting sick of OneDrive continually popping up and reinstalling itself after I would supposedly uninstall it, multiple times.

  • Vicky

    The uninstall instructions are awesome, any idea for removing it from System > Notifications & Actions, under “Show notifications from these apps”. I imagine some references are still lurking around.

    • Jan

      This problem is also related to other uninstalled software. I couldn’t find a solution. Did you in the meantime?

  • SBBH

    I tried the “Complete Remove and Uninstall OneDrive” instructions and it worked great till the registry section. When I run the commands it says the entries do not exist however the entry in File Explorer still shows up. Any ideas? I’m running Windows 10 Home x64.

    • 1234

      you cant disable most of these things in the home version. or really any of the spying options either. win 10 home is really a data collection program microsoft released to its customers.

      • SBBH

        Well, these steps worked fine on two other computers running Windows 10 Home but it didn’t on just this one computer for some odd reason. Anyway, I found a script someone wrote I tried running that and it worked so it’s all good now.

  • Leafy Grove

    Alternately someone created a little something to automate the process – http://tinyurl.com/pc2ohc5 (from a post in microsoft anwsers)
    – His file: http://www62.zippyshare.com/v/IfLGZv7J/file.html

    • thanks! i actually like onedrive for extra storage along with google’s but the w10 version wouldn’t let me login and access it… after hours of failed attempts resetting the app i used this to uninstall the included app and reinstall a fresh version! worked like a charm in a matter of minutes

  • Reza Esmaeily

    Amazing…! I Disabled OneDrive Completely in Windows 10 🙂

  • Max Cooper

    Hi this has not worked for me – any ideas – set the GPO and still showing. I have a number of profiles on machien and shows on all still

  • Max Cooper

    scratch that its worked on my 10 ultimate computer but not on my customers 10 pro

  • Carlos

    nobody misses the ability to have things stored on one drive but noly available “on cloud”? i don’t find that option on Windows 10, and i don’t see news about it

    • There’s no such option. Everything that you have access to in OneDrive on Win10 has to be downloaded to local drive as well. That’s the only reason I’m still stuck with Win8.1

  • Techs

    “It’s impossible to manually uninstall and remove OneDrive in Windows 10 by the step-by-step guide below.”

    Typo, freudian slip or both?

    • Penny

      lol…I had the same question. Until I saw this:

      “One you ran the above command, OneDrive desktop
      app is uninstalled completely and cleanly.”

      I think “typo” is a safe bet.

      • chris9465

        Doing this as soon as I get home. Ive been at war with Windows 10 since November. I deleted all the bloatware. Now am training my sites on the onedrive

        • jl

          I empathize, honestly.

          The war rages on.

  • Tom

    if you did this, could you install the downloadable version we used in windows 8? to get smart files working instead of the crippled version in windows 10

  • IndoKop

    thank you. OneDrive sucks. it can’t sync and don’t work properly with Office 2013

  • swpix

    Microsoft is EVIL! I installed win10 and it keeps asking me for my password,which I don’t know and after 8 hours on the phone with different techs that have a think accent, they all read from the same “Script” and ultimately tell me I cannot reset it. I have been online trying to reset it and now get the message I am not giving them enough information to prove who I am. I am locked out of my computer so have to rebuild another one and access my files from another win7 hdd. Microsoft is a control freak and like the old days with Netscape and IE they need to be reeled in by the internet community.

    • Pavel

      taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe
      if exist %SystemRoot%SysWOW64 goto :X64
      %SystemRoot%System32OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
      goto :Clean
      %SystemRoot%SysWOW64OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
      taskkill.exe /F /IM explorer.exe /T
      rd “%UserProfile%OneDrive” /Q /S
      rd “%LocalAppData%MicrosoftOneDrive” /Q /S
      rd “%ProgramData%Microsoft OneDrive” /Q /S
      REG Delete “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}” /f
      REG Delete “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTWow6432NodeCLSID{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}” /f
      explorer &exit

  • Varun Winchester

    Thank you so much.Finally Onedrive is gone

  • Jyri

    Thank you very much. This worked. Excellent post. Useless onedrive removed in one second.

  • machtyn

    GPedit.msc is not found on Windows 10 Home 🙁

    • ativar

      here does not work either. Ativar

    • Thomas Jr

      and the asshole never told us that prior to giving the instructions. same for the registry instructions.

    • Josh Thornton

      just use the cmd.exe as admin… -_-

  • UnRated Di

    Nice guide, exactly what I was looking for.

  • tyan

    works I hate one drive .it’s so slow and open slow in office

  • Suomi A

    gpedit is not available to home users and cannot be installed, and on pro it can only be delayed. There is another way. You can choose the troubleshooter, which lets you choose which updates you can hide and prevent from installing. it works on home and is a god send, try it out. https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3073930

  • wustenfuchs

    awesome. thanks. onedrive completely gone from my pc.

  • bill224

    I’m glad found here. OneDrive bothers me because without knowing or by accident few my datafiles saved in OneDrive in stead of the place I wanted. recently file explorer kept crashed I thought because windows 10 too complex, if myself already confused why not windows10 itself. however could you tell me in OneDrive document existing cc_20150509_103947.reg like files, should I ignore and perform “remove OneDrive”?( I already moved few my datafiles saved in OneDrive to the place I wanted.) Highly appreciated your help.

    • bill224

      thanks. it woks, and I don’t care about cc_20150509_103947.reg like files.. if only if it works.
      I wonder can I remove quick access and dropbox to reduce the complex?

      • Andykn

        They’re CCleaner backup files AFAIK

  • Brayden Turner

    Nice guide thanks! It worked like a charm.

  • GuyInDogSuit

    rd “%LocalAppData%MicrosoftOneDrive” /Q /S
    Returned “access denied” on all files. Even on elevated Command console.

  • Mohd Arshad Ziya

    Nice guide thanks! It worked like a charm. (I am using Windows 10 Home Single Language

  • Max

    The very thing I tought when I first heard of Win10 was that it could force everyone to use the cloud. So that is. It will be certainly hard a way to skirt this robbery of independance and privacy. Have to fight against IT! I’d have already abandoned Microsoft if I wouldn’t be forced to use some softwares not available in Linux. thank you fori your help. I hope it will work when I’ll decide to install that bastard S.O., as far as possible.

    • Neiro

      If you’re used to linux with all its challenges, you’ll find this working like a charm.
      As for privacy concerns – they’re legit, but with all the movement to clouds, only going to get more of an issue.

  • Sandeep

    Good One Thanks

  • Brian Davis

    Many thanks for this guide. The uninstall worked 1st time.

  • Brian Davis

    The new major Windows 10 update just re-installed one drive. The command line info worked 1st time again, so thanks again!

  • Akemi

    I hate microsoft for pushing so many garbage on us.
    one drive, microsoft account, cortana, useless windows store apps which is not even for desktop but mostly for tablets and phones, modern UI which is not even for desktop. seriously. we just need a computer to do our works not these garbage on us. at least allow people to install a default cloud service like google drive, one drive, dropbox etc. I wish I could stick to windows 7 but unfortunately I have a skylake processor. I heard windows 7 has few issues with newer processors. this is like a damm rape. they push so many things on us we don’t need.

    • Angelie Koerner

      I think you’re exaggerating a little bit. Only because you don’t use all those programs doesn’t mean “WE just need a computer to do our works “. I use most of these things, I only need to follow this guide since you can’t switch between two OneDrive accounts, and I didn’t know that when I logged in with my less important one. Comparing this to a rape is also pretty weird. Just don’t use it if you don’t need it, it’s seriously not that hard.

      • Akemi

        I am not saying it’s a rape, but it something like rape. we are pushed to accept the things we don’t need. just because you like something doesn’t mean I like the same. why you think it’s weird, I think it sounds weird, perhaps you are a rapist ?

        • Angelie Koerner

          It’s weird that you’re stalking my history. But no, my first comment was actually on an anime streaming website, it’s just not listed, for I dunno what reasons. And how would it be weird if it was my first comment? You’ve got to start with something, right? Well, I agree with the people who get bothered by the CPU usage this can actually be a pain in the ass. For me, most of the apps are just really useful since I can easily connect them with my phone which is making my work process really easy. It clearly is annoying that there is no way to uninstall most of the programs, but I think that that has always been with windows. Edge is just some fancier version of IE and whatnot. Still, in my opinion your comparison was just really off. I don’t think they want to control you as much as you guys think, I rather believe that Microsoft is just desperately trying to become as popular as it used to be but fails miserably by annoying the shit out of users. Btw, I hope you were joking with that jumping to conclusions there, not saying small girls can’t be rapists, but last time I checked I didn’t rape anyone xD.

          • Winston Smith

            Don’t lie. You love that you’re being stalked, asshole.

          • Bob C

            You need to grow a pair! Whether or not you agree or disagree, she is entitled to express her opinion. When you make idiotic posts like this, you are the one who is what you called her.

          • Winston Smith

            Oh Bob. You must have voted for Hillary.

          • tomterif

            I happened to have voted quite enthusiastically for our rather excellent IMHO current American President Donald Trump, and I also happen to definitely agree with Bob C that it’s YOU who in this case certainly seems like he’s being quite the asshole to me !, Winston.

      • Colin Main

        I think the point is that they should be OPTIONAL. I agree with Akemi – they are completely useless to be and my company and just get in the way and slow things (including me) down.

        To make it worse, there are serious security issues in some of these things (like Edge) but because they are there by default, many people will use them by default without realising the danger.

        • tomterif

          Edge is removable now by a fairly simple process I found via a search — I just did it now a year after you posted this, and I feel at least somewhat confident that this crap Edge browser is GONE now and won’t come back, and I simply can use my Mozilla Firefox browser on this Windows 10 computer I got in peace.

      • Dima Key

        Angelie, you are saying “If you don`t need it don`t use it”
        Well, for your consideration “not using it” is just a part of the issue. Every little process you “don`t use” is hanging quietly in your background and eating a little bit of your CPU performance. Maybe for internet browsing, twitting, facebook gazing and other important stuff it`s not a big deal, but some of us use professional programs that need every 0,0001% of CPU, no matter how powerful it is. And processes that we cannot simply disable or delete are annoying.
        Also I`m a minimalist and I repulse everything that trash my workstation.
        Windows 10 comes with the bunch of useless kid-oriented apps, but fortunately they are not working without users initiative. Nevertheless every time I see them, this crap like People, Phone, Store, Xbox I cannot help but thinking that big corporations shove that shit down our throats just to navigate our mind in the direction they want, so they could create a market. If you would think about it, it`s very clear and certain. Every single app is filled with advertisement.

        • Akemi

          not just CPU, they eat RAM too. after installing windows 10, the first thing I did was going through each process,service and disable them if I found they are not useful to me.

      • BOSS HOSS

        You’re an ID-10-T error in the making…..omg

        • Bob C

          Maybe, but like my comment to Winston, it also applies to you!

    • Whoa

      No different that chrome OS / Android coming with a bunch of Google apps by default. No need to single out Microsoft in this grievance.

      • Paul Scott

        a curse is a curse is a curse

      • Winston Smith

        Sure there’s a need to single out Microsoft, you fuck.

        • Winston, you disagree with someone so you personally attack them with obscenities? This is a user tech area, not a YouTube flamer board. Get yourself under control and treat others with respect, regardless of your personal opinions. You may discover your knowledge is limited and you’re not seeing everything in this issue.

          Many of us dislike OneDrive and Windows as much as anyone, but we don’t assault other users because they disagree with our. personal. opinion.

          • Winston Smith

            Ok sorry. You’re a pussy, though.

      • Scott

        Not even remotely the same. Vendors are often the culprits when it comes to crapware included on the shipped device – but for the OS to come with unnecessary software out of the gate does nothing but increase the attack surface for the general public. Microsoft should be put on trial for this – it’s a public safety issue. Cloud connectivity enabled by default, and the ability to remove has been placed well beyond what a novice user could do – that’s unacceptable. The entire IT industry is beginning to murmur “We need another option rather than Microsoft.” The move away from Windows is coming – and it’s policies like these from Microsoft that will seal M$’s fate if they don’t change it.

        • Andrew Livett

          Completely agree only thing I’d add is that the ‘Cloud’ does not exist it is just someone elses hard drive… DONT use it, never wanted it, my data – my backup – my problem… as it should be.

        • Greg Davis

          On trial? Seriously? For including an app that you do NOT have to use? Where is the crime? Sure, Microsoft needs to make it easier to remove this and any other unwanted apps, but that is a user experience issue NOT a legal one.

          If you dislike Microsoft so much, move on to a different OS.

  • Krajánek

    gpedit.msc….not found. 🙁

    • Thomas Jr

      the asshole only says it’s not available on win 10 home edition at the end of the instructions.

  • Thomas Jr

    It didn’t do the trick at all.

  • Thomas Jr

    Don’t even bother using the above guide, someone came up with a batch job and posted the code in text format to the windows site. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_files/how-to-uninstall-onedrive-completely-in-windows-10/e735a3b8-09f1-40e2-89c3-b93cf7fe6994?auth=1

    • Ted

      That site uses the same fucking commands as here, and it works just the same as above.

      Don’t blame your incompetence on other people.


      • Thomas Jr

        village idiot detected

  • Aga

    I have Windows 8.1 and I have disabled Onedrive in PC Settings as well as in This PC – OneDrive – Properties but when I go to regedit and then find OneDrive and I try either to disable some options there or to create the DWIRD value it says ACCESS IS DENIED. I don’t use explorer but firefox. What can I do about it ?

  • Sandy

    Can you tell me how to uninstall from Windows 7? I don’t even know how this ended up on my computer!

  • Brandon

    OneDrive is completely insecure in File Explorer. Am I wrong?

  • Kimberly White

    Ok, I deleted Onedrive as instructed, I am still getting the prompt that I need to go to the administrator in order to be allowed to save files, save or change documents etc, what next?

  • Brian Davis

    Hi, Have you had today’s (8th March,2016) new Windows 10 update yet? It’s just finished installing itself on my desktop computer, taking about an hour to complete, with about six restarts along the way. And I am now really p**d off at Microsoft. I’m sure we all remember the first major update they did, which removed programs and re-set things to how they think they should be. Well, they’ve done it again. After spending a long time getting everything just how I like it, including un-installing the vast majority of the useless Windows apps, they have all now been returned with this new update.
    I am certainly now regretting having upgraded from Windows 7, but I’m out of time to roll back. My advice to anyone still thinking of upgrading from 7 would be not to do it, unless you like being treated like an idiot.

  • Mike

    Tried many other instructions from other sites, regarding removing onedrive from windows 10 and your instructions were the only ones that removed it completely.

  • Nondescript Member

    Very confusing since the title of the article is, “Disable or Uninstall OneDrive Completely in Windows 10”!
    I have Windows 10 Home so naturally I’m reading this article. At some point you say, “In addition, Windows 10 Home does not come with Group Policy Editor too. Here’s how to use Registry Editor to turn off OneDrive everywhere completely:” Then you go through those steps–and I’m following right along until complete–when I read “Note: DisableFileSync registry value only works in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and does not work in Windows 10.” You seem to be making a distinction between ‘Windows 10’ and ‘Windows 10 Home’, but then you don’t tell us if these steps work for ‘Windows 10 Home’.
    That wasn’t the worst part: this is…
    “Complete Remove and Uninstall OneDrive
    It’s impossible to manually uninstall and remove OneDrive in Windows 10 by the step-by-step guide below.” If it’s impossible, why would I follow your step-by-step guide?
    I still am unable to disable OneDrive from my Microsoft 10 Home system. Thanks for nothing!

    • irishtrash5

      ‘Sfunny; you’re making the same error tons of people on Facebook were making during the election season.

      Read the whole Article – LK has kindly provided directions for ALL systems, not just Win10.

      • Nondescript Member

        Did your butt get hurt in the 2016 election? You poor, sniveling ass.

        Read my whole post – I clearly mentioned that the article states that “It’s [IMPOSSIBLE] to manually uninstall and remove OneDrive in Windows 10 by the step-by-step guide below.” emphasis added for the mentally challenged.

  • ustamills

    Thanks for the instructions. Happy to be able to plug up one more MS security hole.

  • Hops

    Thanks guys! Trying to “pare down” my windows ten. Wish I could start using Linux but my university uses a lot of windows based software.

  • Reuben McKay

    Tried this on my new laptop, Asus X555L Windows 10 Home 64-bit, and it does not work. Suggestions please. Really want to get rid of all this cloud crap (and other bloatware).

  • bberry7

    I spent HOURS attempting to fix my Onedrive. NOTHING on the MS site even came close to answering my question of how to get my Onedrive working again. It would not sync, there were no icons, it didn’t show as a running program. I uninstalled/reinstalled and it still wouldn’t load! After following a few threads to this site this was exactly what I needed but in reverse. Great detail and explanation. This was EXACTLY what I needed. Thank you so much for writing it up.


    Every fucking update ms reinstalls this pos! I DON’T FUCKING WANT ONEDRIVE! ARGGG!!!!

    • Tsunami Daisy

      Same with Cortana, she came back after the update.. 🙁

      • tomterif

        “She” ?

        That is one very nasty and INTRUSIVE “woman” !

        Not all that terribly different from Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction” !, in at least certain ways, I’d say. : )

  • Tom Haig

    Fail. No GPedit.msc file on my box.

  • Rockman Rock

    This one drive shit has just started to annoy me and I’ve had windows 10 for ages. Why isn’t there a simple switch this crap off button?

  • Tyler

    Windows 10 Home doesn’t have gpedit.msc so how do I get around that??

    • Katie Zhang

      There’s a whole section on how to do it via Command Prompt(!), literally right after the ‘editing the registry’ section. Note that there’s a typo – where it says ‘impossible to manually uninstall’ it meant ‘possible to manually uninstall’.

  • sunshinebear01

    This was a blessing. Since One Drive decided to downgrade my storage capacity I took everything off so that I could delete it from my computer. I was having a hard time getting rid of it. I did have an uninstall option but it just kept taking me to my program list and One Drive was not in it. So glad I found this page. Thanks so much.

  • FrustratedUser

    Unfortunately, I just upgraded to Win 10 Home from Win 8.1 (64 bit) and Unfortunately, I just upgraded to Win 10 Home from Win 8.1 (64 bit) andto this working Unfortunately, I just upgraded to Win 10 Home from Win 8.1 (64 bit) and. I get the following error message when I type in “C:WindowsSysWOW64OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall’, in Powershell (in Admin mode):

    I tried with the complete directly path also where OneDriveSetup.exe is located (not in the screenshot), but to no avail!

    Anyone sharing this experience or knowing any other way around this frustrating experience, would be very helpful! Thanks!

  • FrustratedUser

    Unfortunately, I just upgraded to Win 10 Home from Win 8.1 (64 bit) and have not been able to get OneDrive uninstalled yet. I get the following error message when I type in “C:WindowsSysWOW64OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall’, in Powershell (in Admin mode):

    I tried with the complete directly path also where OneDriveSetup.exe is located (not in the screenshot), but to no avail!

    Anyone sharing this experience or knowing any other way around this frustrating experience, would be very helpful! Thanks! View Hide

    • irishtrash5

      Hopefully you already figured this out, but:

      Replace %SystemRoot% with “c:Windows”
      That’ll do the trick.

  • Eddie

    What the heck. First put me through a bunch of steps, and then tell me it doesn’t work in Windows 10??!!??!!

  • mobiledan

    OneDrive is just a cloud storage drive, and it shouldn’t have any real effect on the operation of the computer. But, without even wanting to use it, I’ve apparently been backing up files there, and now I’m getting endless annoying messages to upgrade to a higher storage level. I’ve tried deleting all sorts of files, and ran the compression, but the annoying messages continue. I don’t have Professional, and I think the instructions to shut off OneDrive will only work with Professional.
    This is getting me back to the frustration level I had with WIn8, where I was thinking my laptop would make a better frisbee than it does a computer.
    I hate Microsoft. And this from a decades long die-hard Microsoft fan.

    • tomterif

      Did you ever actually TRY using your Windows 10 laptop solely as a frisbee ?, and if so, I’m wondering if you found any positive possibilities for it there as an exclusive mode of use. : )

      MAN, I’ve just come to absolutely ABHOR Microsoft also my friend ! : )

  • Anonymous 25

    The uninstall method actually worked for me. OneDrive is completely gone.

  • Trolled

    Correction: The registry trick works on Win10 build1607. Tested on Education and Enterprise versions.

  • Carin Basson

    How about putting the “this doesn’t work in Windows 10” at the TOP of the instructions!

    • Ababmuhab

      … but it does. Read the article.

      • Tsunami Daisy

        Only windows 10 pro.

  • Lucas Mullen

    ” Note: DisableFileSync registry value only works in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and does not work in Windows 10.”
    So if I don’t have gpedit.msc on windows 10, editing the resgistry will also not work ? Just asking, not criticizing

  • The registry key did the trick – thanks!

  • António Lourenço

    Microsoft is so annoying! This should be illegal. It’s been so hard to remove such piece of SW

  • B

    i love this article – always do this to a fresh install of windows. thanks.

  • Gary Camp

    Dont bother to post asking for the many typos and mistakes and left out warnings to be fixed. The author has made his money and left town. Those with Win10 Home are out of luck. There is a complex way to get gpedit.msc that might work (search for gpedit.msc on Windows 10 Home) but it looks too tough for me. The OneDrive keeps asking for install/update/activate/ or what ever and I just X it out. I wish Linux was easier. I will never buy another Windows OS since XP but you almost cant get a laptop without it 10 on it.

    • Manuel Ruberto

      Apparently there is no way to get rid of it on Windows 10 Home Edition. I have been looking for a solution EVERYWHERE, obviously without any luck. Since the last update OneDrive keeps popping a few times every hour and I am getting really annoyed by it. So I wonder… Is this the new way Microsoft “encourages” people to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro????

  • djbolivia

    I have Win 10 Home, luckily I saw all the comments complaining about the GP Editor not being available in Home anymore. About to try the Registry editing approach.

    I have to get rid of One Drive because (other than the fact that it’s extremely annoying and I already have Google & Dropbox accounts), I also work in remote bush camps for a good portion of the year, and we have no internet access there. So any app that keeps popping up and is involved with attempting to access the internet, is a huge annoyance for me.

  • Manuel Ruberto

    OK, I’ve got it. So how do I get rid of OneDrive on my Windows 10 Home Edition?
    If anyone came across a solution: I beg you to share it with us because this constant popping up is really getting on my nerves.

  • Ofer

    Excellent!! it worked

  • Mike Honcho

    dumbass porker, there isnt a single win10home fix here that works.
    I like that you say it won’t work at the end of the steps…

  • blackholelord

    Annoying as heck. I never used and all the sudden its constantly trying to get me to log on. Each day I am constantly turning it off. Personally my computer is old and plan to get a new one, so why the hell would I want to use this thing.

  • blackholelord

    Use the Official Way to Uninstall & Remove OneDrive in Windows icon just above. Used it and its gone baby.

    This how its done:

    1. Open Settings (on your computer).
    2. Go to Apps -> Apps & features.
    3. Highlight Microsoft OneDrive app in the list and select Uninstall (find OneDrive app and select to remove).

  • Angela MC

    I open run and type in GPedit.msc and get the error “Windows cannot find GPedit.msc.” Now what?

  • Paul Davies

    GPedit.msc is missing not found ?

  • Pari S

    works for me

  • Thank you for this. There is nothing more annoying that for One Drive to pop up every time an somewhat related action to sync is done. Hello, I told you I don’t want you here and even tried turning off auto-start. Microsoft has done a lot of things right in the last of couple of years with Windows, VS and Office but this kind of sales tactic is not appreciated.

  • Robert Kearns

    I followed the Window Icon and R prompt, typed the GPedit.msc pressed OK and got a message that this could not be found on my Windows 10 ASUS!! Any other tips on how to disable the OneDrive, I do not want it as a storage means…

  • Robert Kearns

    I also tried to change the settings for Storage to PC from OneDrive and when I press OK it goes back to OneDrive, annoying as hell. The option is given but the function does not work. Is there something else to do so that my documents will not save to OneDrive but to the PC.

  • Donald Evans

    Did exactly what it said to disable the Onedrive for WIN 8.1 and it still booted up and ran

  • Steve

    Worked nicely for me. Did just have to restart after following all the other steps and before doing “rd “%LocalAppData%MicrosoftOneDrive” /Q /S” because some of the files were in use.

    But worked perfectly — thanks*

  • MaybeThis

    Is this up to date? After I tried the Disable OneDrive Everywhere method, OneDrive still kept popping up and getting on my nerves. I know tried the Complete Remove, but it is still in the Start Menu and opens when I click on it. Actually it says One Drive for Business. Maybe it’s because of this?

  • Allen Addams

    no bs 10 home doesn’t have windows media player almost all video converter app users resources from windows media player to work at least that’s the case with n versions of windows10 home I found out the hard way an so if you have a choice go for windows10 pro always

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  • HMC53142

    That worked like a charm! Thanks.

  • ghostilla

    I am now using latest version of Windows 10 Pro, Version 1703 Build 15063.138
    I have tried all the methods above, but none is useful.

  • Brian M

    warning! this method deletes all your pictures and documents! and your file explorer still points to useronedrive for documents and pictures …. 🙁

  • Michael White

    Thanks for the useful article, this onedrive is devil’s programm, it also conflicts with the antivirus and can not understand which of them is stronger. If it were notyour help, I would have to reinstall the OS today. By the way, since you have such a good site and a lot of IT specialists, can anyone tell which is better with these two options to choose server equipment like ibm 8205 E6B? Or is it better to search something with dell?

  • Tronco

    Doesnt matter if you dont have Group policy on your windows 10 pc (like me) Just skip those steps and follow the others (specially the last ones about deleting the registry keys on regedit)
    Worked like a charm. No more Onedrive folder.

  • Jeni

    Thank you very much for your help! I followed all your steps, copied, pasted and done. Thanks!!

  • Jack McNally

    Yeah, OneDrive SUCKS bigtime

  • The primary issue here is that Microsoft (and Apple, and Google, and many other companies) is forcing its opinion and “we say so” on their customer base, SPYING on their customer data, and the customers don’t like it one bit. I don’t want my data stored on some remote who-knows-where and who-knows-how-secure system, be it One Drive or Google. I dislike having my Internet constantly ON and tied in to Microsoft’s and Google’s spying eyes. I want to turn the Net on when I need it, and off when I’m not using it. And while that can be accomplished, it’s not immediately available in Windows and it’s not readily available without some research and installing 3rd party devices. These are the core problems.

    One Drive is an invasive program that Microsoft has now set to CANNOT BE TURNED OFF without extensive steps to do so. That is unethical and yes, ILLEGAL (invasion of privacy). Why are they so insistent on this? Why do they want to see our data so badly? This is an invasion of privacy, without our informed consent and intended permission… and yes, THAT IS ILLEGAL and should be investigated. Except of course… the authorities involved may want that exact same information.

    Wire tapping is illegal without a government order. Computer tapping though? That’s what this actually is. Microsoft can literally trace anything you type on your USB keyboard (check that scary concept out on the Internet).

    So yes, when people say Microsoft policies in this matter are illegal… well, it wouldn’t be the first time would it? But when people banded together and charged Microsoft with being a monopoly and it was judged they WERE… they just received a slap on the hand. Is anyone so naive as to think this is just Microsoft acting on their own?

    No conspiracy theory. No paranoia. Just plain common sense based on widely-known evidence. Welcome to the world of Big Brother. We all want extra security, right? Microsoft and Google are both going to be used as tools to make sure absolutely everything is traced 24 / 7 /365… whether we like it or not. (Otherwise, One Drive would be easily removable or have a great big on/off switch on their SETUP screen, right?). Let us not be naive. There’s a reason OneDrive doesn’t have an on/off button. And if it did have an off button… you can rightfully suspect it would still be doing things in the background.

  • Here’s a new bit of info. If you do got to

    %SystemRoot%SysWOW64 even if you are in Administrator Access mode and try to either delete or rename OneDrive.exe… Windows will deny access.

    So, do we think Microsoft really, really wants One Drive there? You bet they do.

  • faith

    onedrive to uploading cant im folders & files the. incomplete taking items.