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Do you actually use Microsoft OneDrive, or do you just get sick of seeing its pop-ups asking you to complete setup? While OneDrive is a fine cloud storage solution, you might want to remove it if you already use Dropbox, Google Drive, or another provider. After Microsoft cut the free storage down to 5 GB How to Move OneDrive to Google Drive After Storage Cut How to Move OneDrive to Google Drive After Storage Cut The Internet is angry at Microsoft. After promising unlimited storage with the Office 365 subscription, and 15 GB of storage for free users, the company has reneged on its promise. All because some users abused... Read More , you’d be forgiven for moving to Google Drive’s generous 15 GB.

OneDrive integrates into Windows 10 and isn’t a separate download, but it’s still safe to disable it 9 Windows 10 Features You Can Safely Disable 9 Windows 10 Features You Can Safely Disable Windows 10 is packed with features, but a lot of them are unnecessary. Here's how to safely prune unwanted features off your Windows 10 system for a more streamlined experience. Read More . From the easiest to most complex method, we’ll show you how to turn OneDrive off so that it doesn’t bother you any more.

With the Creators Update or Windows 7: Easy!

The newest update to Windows 10 brings lots of improvements A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More . One of them hasn’t made any headlines, but is great news for anyone who hates OneDrive. In the Creators Update, you can completely remove OneDrive without jumping through any hoops.

If you can believe it, Microsoft now lets you remove OneDrive by uninstalling it just like any other app How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Windows 10 comes with several pre-installed apps that take up space on your device and aren't easy to remove. Sounds like bloatware, doesn't it? We show you how to remove these apps. Read More . Type Apps in the Start Menu to open the Apps & features window. Search for OneDrive in the list, then click its entry and hit the Uninstall button. This will remove it from your system — easy enough, right?

Note that if you’re using Windows 7, you can easily uninstall OneDrive by visiting the Control Panel > Programs and Features. Right-click on OneDrive and choose Uninstall to get rid of it. We’ve shown how to remove OneDrive from Windows 8.1 How to Disable Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 8.1 How to Disable Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 8.1 You should be free to choose where your data is being stored. While having an automatic cloud syncing solution is a great idea, maybe you don't like OneDrive. Here's how to disable it. Read More , too.

Don’t have the Creators Update yet? It’s coming to your computer soon — or you can skip the wait and install it right now How to Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now How to Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now The Windows 10 Creators Update will roll out in April. Are you eager to try it? Or would you rather avoid it? We'll show you how to get Windows 10 1703 on your own schedule. Read More .

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If You Have Windows 10 Pro

The Creators Update makes it easy to remove OneDrive, but previous versions of Windows have other methods of disabling it. If you have the Pro edition of Windows 10 (which isn’t worth the upgrade Is a Windows 10 Pro Upgrade Worth $99? Is a Windows 10 Pro Upgrade Worth $99? Windows 10 Pro offers more features, but also carries a $99 price tag to upgrade from the Home edition. Here's what you need to know to decide if professional features are worth the upgrade. Read More if you don’t), you can take advantage of a Group Policy edit 12 Ways Windows Group Policy Can Make Your PC Better 12 Ways Windows Group Policy Can Make Your PC Better The Windows Group Policy grants you advanced control over your system, without having to mess with the registry. We'll show you how to easily customize Windows in ways you didn't think were possible. Read More to shut off OneDrive. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialogue, then type gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Editor.

Navigate down the tree to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive. On the right side, you’ll see a list of settings you can tweak. Double-click on Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage and change it from Not Configured to Enabled. Click OK to save the changes, then restart your computer to apply them.

Once you’ve done this, OneDrive essentially disappears. While it’s technically still present, this setting prevents OneDrive from syncing, hides it from the File Explorer, and you can’t access the OneDrive app. That’s as good as removed for most people.

Those with Windows 10 Home can try a workaround to access the Group Policy Editor How to Access the Group Policy Editor, Even in Windows Home & Settings to Try How to Access the Group Policy Editor, Even in Windows Home & Settings to Try Group Policy is a power tool that lets you access advanced system settings. We'll show you how to access it or set it up in Windows Home and 5+ powerful Group Policies to boot. Read More so they can use this method. Follow the same steps to disable OneDrive.

Windows 10 Home: Hiding OneDrive

On Home versions of Windows, you don’t have access to the Group Policy editor. But you can perform essentially the same steps by hand to remove all instances of OneDrive.

Find the OneDrive icon (it looks like two clouds) in the System Tray at the bottom-right of your screen. If you don’t see it, click the little arrow to show hidden icons. Then, right-click the OneDrive icon and choose Settings.

Uncheck every box on the General tab, then visit the Auto save tab. Set the options here to This PC only and uncheck the boxes below. Next, go to the Account tab and click Choose folders. Click the box to Sync all files and folder in my OneDrive twice to clear everything and press OK. This removes everything in OneDrive from your PC while still keeping it safe in the cloud What Is The Cloud? What Is The Cloud? The Cloud. It's a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. What is the cloud, exactly? Read More .

Now, go back to the Account tab in OneDrive settings. Click Unlink this PC to remove your account from OneDrive and close the Welcome window that pops up, as you don’t need it. Finally, open a File Explorer window. Find OneDrive on the left sidebar, and right-click it to open its Properties. Check the Hidden box on the General tab to prevent it from showing. Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the System Tray one last time and click Exit to close it out.

The Nuclear Method (Not Recommended)

Since Windows 10 launched, another method to uninstall OneDrive has made its rounds. This one runs a quick uninstall on the OneDrive app, but there are several unknowns surrounding it. It’s not clear how to get OneDrive back after using this method, and it might leave other pieces of the service around.

You should use one of the above methods, but if you really want to obliterate OneDrive, you can do so with a few quick commands. Open an administrator command prompt Essential Windows CMD Commands You Should Know Essential Windows CMD Commands You Should Know The bleak interface of the command prompt is your gateway to advanced Windows tools. We show you essential CMD commands that will let you access them. Read More by right-clicking on the Start Button and choosing Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin). Type this command to kill all current instances of OneDrive:

taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe

Then, type the first command if you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows What Is the Difference Between 32-bit & 64-bit Windows? What Is the Difference Between 32-bit & 64-bit Windows? Do you know whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit and does it even matter? Yes it does! Let's take a look at where these terms come from and what they mean for you. Read More , or the second command for 32-bit users:

%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
%SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

This doesn’t prompt you for confirmation, but it removes the OneDrive app and service. Again, one of the above, less-intrusive methods is a better choice for most users.

Life Without OneDrive

Though OneDrive is hooked into newer versions of Windows, it’s thankfully not hard to remove. Whether you don’t trust cloud storage or prefer using another provider, you can decide whether to use it on your own. Once you perform one of these processes, your Windows computer becomes free of OneDrive.

We definitely recommend using another cloud storage provider, though, as they make it easy to access your files from anywhere, hold lots of neat features 15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Dropbox 15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Dropbox Cloud storage services have come and gone, but Dropbox is probably the one that's been here the longest. And now it has upped its game with a host of new features. Let's explore. Read More , and act as an extra layer in your backup. In addition, make sure you have a proper backup The Ultimate Windows 10 Data Backup Guide The Ultimate Windows 10 Data Backup Guide Windows 10 makes data backups effortless. We have summarized every native backup, restore, recovery, and repair option we could find on Windows 10. Use our simple tips and never despair over lost data again! Read More so you don’t lose your data!

Do you like OneDrive, or are you happy to remove it? Tell us your favorite cloud storage provider and your uses for OneDrive down in the comments!

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  1. Scott Carlile
    April 23, 2016 at 12:10 am

    A thousand thanks for your advise. OneDrive (SkyDrive) has been an itch I've not been able to scratch until now. Awesome informative post.

  2. Holly
    February 15, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I want to disable OneDrive because its using too much bandwidth. Should I delete my files in OneDrive first?

  3. Pari
    February 1, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Hi. Is possible to make it enable and disable again and again? thank you

  4. Brian
    December 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I just wanted my computer to NOT automatically put OneDrive as my default storage option when I go to save something. I want to save to my pc as my first option.

  5. Chuck
    October 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I used the Disable_SkyDrive_Integration.reg file to fix this because I don't have Windows 8.1 Pro. Before I ran the reg file I renamed it to be Disable_SkyDrive_Integration.reg.txt file to see what is inside the file before downloading and executing :

    ; This is how to DISABLE SkyDrive
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsSkydrive]
    "DisableFileSync"=dword:00000001

    ; This is how to ENABLE SkyDrive
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsSkydrive]
    "DisableFileSync"=-

  6. me
    October 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I just decided to switch to Linux a year ago. Ubuntu 14.04 -- things ACTUALLY WORK! I still have a Windows 7 virtual machine for those programs that don't know how to or care to make for Linux... like GoToMeeting/Assist -- which is odd since it's all Java anyway.

  7. Locksmith
    May 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I can't really think of anything I would need to hide from the NSA anyway. Maybe they are fascinated by family photos and ebooks. I doubt they care about pirated content even. And it's not like they can't build a profile 1000 other ways based on any kind of web presence, shopping habits, lifestyle, etc.

    There's no such thing as secure... there are only things that haven't been hacked yet or vulnerabilities we haven't detected. If you use the internet or ANY cloud service, you are accepting that, eventually, personal information will be exposed, even if you are careful. Being an active member of any socially networked entity means you make trade offs. One of the main one's being convenience vs security.

    Here in the US, we have an unhealthy obsession with throwing away liberties for a false sense of security. Why not just take a healthier approach and just live your life? Yes, stand up for yourself and make an effort to improve the state of things where it adds value, but not so much that you make your life into an obstacle course. Even if you do have something you want to hide, I bet the NSA is a whole lot less capable than you think. The gov't has only recruited 1/4 of the 6000 security experts they wanted by 2016, and many of them have left for better offers at private companies. So if I'm the only mechanic in a 12 car garage, I can still only work on one car at a time. If I hire a few more guys that can only do oil changes, well that doesn't help much either at a full service shop.

  8. Stephen
    May 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    (Apologies author, the commenters have me riled up.)

    I, for one, really like Microsoft's OneDrive. To be frank, you can't say it's filled with bloatware because it simply isn't. It's a simple file syncing service that puts your data into the cloud just like Dropbox does. However, Dropbox has more features. What happens when you plug in a thumb drive? This 'dropbox import' box appears. Annoying! OneDrive doesn't have anything like that.

    Another thing, saying that OneDrive is bloated because Microsoft has online document editing tools is absurd. It's akin to saying Dropbox is too bloated because their website has a Privacy statement. It's something on the webite that you can access, but which doesn't necessarily have to do with file syncing. It's not on your computer, and it's not in the way of anything.

    I think you guys are just hotheads who want something to complain about.

    Just to be clear, I use all three of the services -- Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and more, even. Each of them has their own benefits, and I really want to mention that Bing Rewards members can access an easy 100GB for Onedrive by doing searches. Though I do wish that each of them would include the simple sharing tools that Dropbox has.

    • Henry
      May 23, 2015 at 7:39 am

      OneDrive would not allow sharing without giving them phone number (or send e-mail from outlook.com account for that matter), how about that for a reason? (I can't share my files, but no problem with Dropbox or Google)My Microsoft email account is receive only and OneDrive is back-up only! For all the complaints that Google is creepy, at least they don't force you to give up your phone number!

  9. fred
    May 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    There maybe good reasons to use Dropbox over Onedrive but this article didn't convince me. Onedrive with the ability to use online Word, Excel maybe all most people need. Same could be said for Google Drive and the online Docs or iCloud and those online Apps. If you like using OpenOffice (I used for years) and Dropbox, fine. Tell us how you use to save time, effort, work from anywhere. Tell us how you organize DB for your needs, work and home. Tell us how to disable Odrive if we don't want to use and it's messing the power of a Win 8 machine because it's always on, but don't just say it's bad and Dropbox good. That's not a good article.

    • Craig S
      May 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      The point of the article is to teach Windows 8.1 Pro users how they can disable OneDrive, not to make any argument that you should be using Dropbox over it. I mention Dropbox a single time, and in that same breath I even state that I don't think OneDrive is bad: "It’s not a particularly bad product, it’s just that I feel Dropbox does better work of the same job."

      This is the article you want to look at for that discussion: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cloud-storage-showdown-dropbox-google-drive-skydrive/

  10. Anonymous
    May 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    "I am not sure of how to comment on NSA access. I am not aware of it."

    Well of course you're not aware of it, wouldn't be the world's best intelligence agency if you were, would they.

    And all cloud services that have US servers, US associations (thus susceptible to the Patriot Act) are vulnerable. That is why many non US IT companies are seeking alternative cloud providers, building their own - or quite simply, not using the cloud, since the cloud industry is dominated by US providers.

  11. Sam
    May 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Craig S. So what's the deal if it is a MS run service? how does that make it different to any other service? they are all run by some company. OD is available across devices too, I have it on my PC at work, Mac at home, Android phone and iPad.. what's your point? "As for the extras of word processing, etc., for me that’s bloat. If I want word processing, I go to OpenOffice. If I want a calendar, I’m using Google Calendar." So you don't call extra software to install on your device boat? that's illogical. "I think the numbers of users between the two services would speak to which is more popular, and I’m confident that Dropbox is ahead in that regard." Just because something is more popular doesn't mean it's better, I think anyone would agree with that.

    • Craig S
      May 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      As a service that caters first to Windows users, I'm not a fan of it. I don't have complete confidence in the availability of OneDrive far into the future when it comes to competing devices or operating systems. A service like Dropbox won't have the potential for any confliction like that. They do one thing, and have one interest, and that's cloud storage.

      If I install OpenOffice, it's because I want a word processor. In that case, it's clearly not bloat. If OpenOffice started offering me cloud storage, I'd be uninterested. Word processing is what OpenOffice is advertised as and does best. I wouldn't want it giving me anything extra that isn't something that I see as a top-of-the-class type of service. I don't think anyone gets into OneDrive for the "extras" like their word processing is all I'm saying.

  12. Kent
    May 7, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Windows 8 and OneDrive together offer what's called roaming profile, meaning if you are logging in the same Microsoft Account on a different computer you get almost the same desktop setup as before.

  13. DR
    May 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Don't log into Windows 8.1 with a microsoft account. Use an ordinary user account. And then use (http://syncdriver.com/) Syncdriver for One drive to access your Onedrive

  14. Sheeva
    May 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Is there a similar process if one does not have the Pro version? I so totally dislike using Sky/One Drive when I already use Dropbox. I don't use EVER MS cloud but I seem to be stuck with all those files/dlls on my system. This is the only PC that actually uses Windows anythiing as all my other equipment is on Linux distro and Android. Not happy at all that Sky/One Drive was "forced" onto my system.

  15. Suresh V
    May 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I do not understand why someone would want to disable OneDrive from Windows 8.1. Would you also start new topics like disabling Google Drive on a Droid phone or Safari from Mac?

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I do not understand why someone would want to give the NSA free easy access to their hard drive???

    • Craig S
      May 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      What if you're a Dropbox user?

    • Suresh V
      May 7, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Hmm... I am not sure of how to comment on NSA access. I am not aware of it. How about other services? Are they more secured?

      Craig, can't we install Dropbox app on Windows 8.1? I thought we can install the app for any cloud service on Windows 8.1 (including iCloud and Google Drive). Am I wrong?

  16. Deen.desperado
    May 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I have both OneDrive and Dropbox on my Windows 7, 8.1 and Nexus 4. Been using them (the apps) for years and no problem, or at least major ones, so far. I really don't know what not to love about OneDrive. To me it is as good as Dropbox...if not better! Just like about everything else in this world, both have their respective strengths and weaknesses but like I said, no major issues. After all isn't it good to have more cloud storage for free?

  17. Tony
    May 7, 2014 at 2:40 am

    I got a system message that said Windows could not find gpedit.msc. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  18. Sam
    May 7, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Dropbox does not do a 'better work of the same job' unlike OneDrive or Google Drive, Dropbox is just a cloud storage service with no additional services such as word processing, spreadsheet, calendar etc. Not to mention the difference in what is offered... Free space, DB 2GB, OD 7GB, GD 15GB. For an extra $9.99/month you get an extra 100GB in DB and OD but a massive 1TB in GD. I think just about any alternative is better than what Dropbox offers unless of course they're paying you to advertise on their behalf.

    • Craig S
      May 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      It's a matter of opinion, but one thing I do suggest you take into account is that OneDrive is a Microsoft-run service. The availability of Dropbox trumps it across the board. Dropbox also offers services like Packrat, to guarantee shadow copies of the data you're backing up. Dropbox offers free space, too. As for the extras of word processing, etc., for me that's bloat. If I want word processing, I go to OpenOffice. If I want a calendar, I'm using Google Calendar. I think the numbers of users between the two services would speak to which is more popular, and I'm confident that Dropbox is ahead in that regard.

    • Howard B
      May 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      OneDrive doesn't provide document editing or viewing, either; it's just Microsoft's cloud storage.
      I prefer Dropbox because it's well-known, it's secure, and Dropbox, unlike Google, doesn't use your documents for advertising.

  19. Richard B
    May 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Instead of SkyDrive, mine was called Onedrive. I followed the same directions listed here to disable the drive from loading. Thanks for the tip!

    -Richard

    • One Drive
      May 7, 2014 at 1:45 am

      The skydrive has been renamed to onedrive a couple of weeks ago :D

    • Craig S
      May 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      I believe the name of the utility is completely determined by what Windows Update package you're running. Mine was SkyDrive a week ago, but OneDrive now.

    • Pari
      February 1, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Hi. Is possible to make it enable and disable again and again? thank you