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 use the registry file method.

If you are using Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education, skip these step and use the Group Policy Editor method instead.

  • Click on the Start symbol and type in Add Remove in the Type here to search box, then select Add or Remove Programs under System Settings which will take you to Apps & features

  • 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.

The problem with uninstalling OneDrive this way is that it leaves an empty OneDrive folder in the File Explorer sidebar. If you are happy with that, you do not need to proceed as OneDrive has been removed and is no longer doing anything.

However, if the empty OneDrive folder is a problem, you will need to do the following:

Remove the OneDrive Folder From File Explorer by Editing the Registry

  • Download Hide or Restore OneDrive in File Explorer to your computer and extract the files to your computer, then double click on the file that matches your operating system.

    32-bit Hide OneDrive From File Explorer.reg – Remove OneDrive (Windows 32bit)
    32-bit Restore OneDrive to File Explorer.reg – Restore OneDrive (Windows 32bit)
    64-bit Hide OneDrive From File Explorer.reg – Remove OneDrive (Windows 64bit)
    64-bit Restore OneDrive to File Explorer.reg – Restore OneDrive (Windows 64bit)

    NOTE: 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.

  • 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.

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

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

NOTE: If you are on a company network, make sure you check with your admin first. If your work computer is part of a domain, it is likely that it is part of a domain group policy that will supersede the local group policy, anyway.

  • Click on Start and type gpedit.msc in to the Type here to search box, then click on select gpedit.msc as shown below

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

  • 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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