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One Microsoft product I’m not a fan of is OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive Facebook WhatsApp, SkyDrive OneDrive, Yahoo Siri, Apple Tesla [Tech News Digest] Facebook WhatsApp, SkyDrive OneDrive, Yahoo Siri, Apple Tesla [Tech News Digest] Facebook buys WhatsApp, FCC responds to the loss of 'net neutrality', SkyDrive becomes OneDrive, Yahoo wants its own Siri, Apple is interested in Tesla, and Samsung mocks Apple in its latest set of television commercials. Read More ). It’s not a particularly bad product, it’s just that I feel Dropbox does better work of the same job. Another thing that I’m not a fan of is having things forced upon me, or installed without my permission. I’m sure many of our readers feel the same way, and this is OneDrive’s situation after an upgrade to Windows 8.1 How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself? If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely! Read More .

We previously demonstrated how you can disable SkyDrive 8 Super Windows 8.1 Tweaks For Power Users 8 Super Windows 8.1 Tweaks For Power Users With Windows 8.1 came many changes. Some options are completely new, others were changed or moved. Whether you're using Windows 8.1 on a desktop, tablet, or something in between, these tweaks will come in handy! Read More by downloading a registry file from a third-party forum. That may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so I’m here to explain how to achieve the same result, without any downloads, in just a matter of seconds.

Be advised that to have access to the Group Policy Editor, you must be running Windows 8.1 Pro.

Access The Group Policy Editor

To launch Windows’ Group Policy Editor, bring up a Run prompt (Windows key + R) and type in “gpedit.msc” before pressing Enter.

Group Policy Editor

The Group Policy Editor will launch, and from here you’ll need to navigate through the left-hand folder tree to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components.

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Group Policy Editor

Double-clicking on the SkyDrive folder will replace the right-hand pane with the menu shown below.

Group Policy Editor

Disable SkyDrive

Double-click on the highlighted option in the screenshot above, “Prevent the usage of SkyDrive for file storage“.

Group Policy Editor

The window shown above should then pop up. Here, you want to change the selection from “Not Configured” to “Enabled“. The language is a bit tricky, so be sure that you’re enabling it and not disabling it. You’re enabling the prevention of SkyDrive, not disabling SkyDrive.

Apply your changes and SkyDrive will no longer be active on your system. You can check that the process (SkyDrive.exe) is not running. You can also check your system tray to see that the icon has been removed. Finally, you can see in Windows Explorer that there is no longer a tree of SkyDrive folders on the left-hand side. You are now free of SkyDrive!

Concluding Advice

To close this article out, I feel it’s worth mentioning that you should strongly consider not running two file synchronization utilities, like OneDrive and Dropbox, alongside each other. It can really put a hurting on your system’s resources, and overall it’s just really unnecessary. Weigh your options and choose one cloud storage utility The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The Cloud Storage Showdown - Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More The cloud storage scene has heated up recently, with a long-awaited entry by Google and a revamped SkyDrive from Microsoft. Dropbox has gone unchallenged by the major players for a long time, but that’s changed... Read More .

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