How to Disable OneDrive and Remove It From File Explorer in Windows 10

Uninstall OneDrive From Apps & Features in Windows 10 Home

Since Windows 10’s Creators Update, you can now easily uninstall OneDrive like you would any other desktop program. Only Windows 10 Home users should do this method. If you are using Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education, skip this step and use the below Group Policy Editor method instead.

STEP 1.  Search for “Add Remove” in the Windows 10 search  box and select Add or Remove Programs under System Settings which will take you to Apps & features.

STEP 2.  Then either search for “OneDrive” or find it on the list of installed programs and once selected, click on Uninstall

Windows will immediately uninstall OneDrive, and the OneDrive icon will disappear from the notification area.

There is one issue with uninstalling OneDrive this way, it will leave an empty OneDrive folder in File Explorer’s sidebar. If you are happy with that, you can stop now. OneDrive has been removed and is no longer doing anything. However, if the empty OneDrive folder bothers you, you will need to use the below tricks.

Remove the OneDrive Folder From File Explorer by Editing the Registry

Download the registry file backs which one will  remove the OneDrive folder from File Explorer, while another hack restores it. Included are versions for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10. Double-click the one you want to use, click through the prompts, and then restart your computer.

Download Remove OneDrive From File Explorer Hacks

Note:  The download file is a zip file that you will need to extract the files.

To check whether you are running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10, head to Settings > System > About. Look at System type and see whether it says you’re using a 64-bit operating system or 32-bit operating system.

Disable OneDrive with the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Pro / Enterprise

If you’re using Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education, the easiest way to disable and hide OneDrive is by using the Local Group Policy Editor.

If you’re on a company network, do everyone a favor and check with your admin first. If your work computer is part of a domain, it’s also likely that it’s part of a domain group policy that will supersede the local group policy, anyway.

STEP 1.  Use the Windows 10 search and type gpedit.msc and press Enter

STEP 2.  In the Local Group Policy editor’s left pane, select Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive.

STEP 3.  Double-click the Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage policy setting in the right pane, set it to Enabled and click OK

This completely disables access to OneDrive and OneDrive will be hidden from File Explorer. You won’t be able to access OneDrive at all, not even from within Windows Store apps or use the camera roll upload feature.

You should not uninstall OneDrive from the Control Panel or Settings application if you use this method. If you do, you’ll continue to see an empty OneDrive folder in File Explorer. If you see an empty OneDrive folder in File Explorer after changing this group policy setting, you’ll need to reinstall OneDrive from the Windows system folder. Once you do, the empty OneDrive folder will vanish from File Explorer.

To undo this change, just head back to here and change the policy to Not Configured instead of Enabled




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