Not a OneDrive Fan? Here’s How to Sign Out in Windows 10

Dave LeClair 22-01-2016

When you sign into Windows 10 Skip the Login Screen! Here’s How to Boot Into Windows Directly Sick of signing into Windows every time you boot up your computer? Here's how to disable the login screen for good. Read More with a Microsoft account, you’ll automatically sign into OneDrive. For many users, this a nice convenience, as it allows them to store their files in the Cloud without doing anything extra.


For some people, though, using OneDrive is something they’re not interested in.If that’s you, then there’s the option to use a local Windows account How to Delete Your Microsoft Account & Create a Local Windows 10 Login Have privacy concerns about using a Microsoft Account in the cloud? Here's how to create a local Windows 10 login account instead. Read More , but then you lose the other benefits of signing in with a Microsoft account Create a Microsoft Account on Windows 10 Using Gmail or Yahoo! Here's how you can make a Microsoft account for Windows 10 without a Microsoft email address. Read More .

Don’t worry, though, because you can sign out of OneDrive without losing your Windows account. Here’s how it’s done!


Right-click the OneDrive icon on your system tray area of the taskbar and then click Settings. From there, navigate to the Accounts tab, and click the “Unlink OneDrive” button. That’s it, your account will no longer be linked with Windows 10, but you’ll still be signed in with your Microsoft account.

One other thing to note is that files synced with OneDrive before you unlinked will still be there, so you’ll need to head to the folder to delete the manually if you don’t want them on your PC anymore.


Do you like OneDrive, or do you prefer a different cloud storage solution? Perhaps you aren’t a fan of the Cloud altogether? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Is there a way to exorcise OneDrive completely from Win 10?

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Never mind, found it. This article inspired me to finally get rid of OneDrive. Nothing wrong with it really -- but just another example of Microsoft's "in your face" approach hurting itself.

  2. Anonymous
    January 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I'm not a real fan of the cloud altogether though I do have an Idrive account. I am always concerned about accessing storage that isn't really connected to my PC - particularly when free.
    I know, that sounds stupid maybe.