Uninstall or Disable Onedrive from Windows 10 Professional

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OneDrive is an online cloud storage service by Microsoft that allows users to store, share, and sync their files for both personal and business purposes. Windows 10 comes with OneDrive automatically installed and by default is turned on when a user signs on to their PC. Although the service itself is reliable and flexible by offering both free and paid plans, some users may not want to use it. For those users who already have cloud storage in place or in workplace environments where PCs are shared by multiple users, being able to uninstall OneDrive becomes a necessity.

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If you're just a regular user who doesn't use cloud storage, to begin with, OneDrive can become a tad annoying from time-to-time. Because it integrates directly into Windows file explorer, some pop-ups appear, and over time, it just becomes a hassle closing them all the time.

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In the following tutorial, we're going to show how to unlink, disable, and uninstall Microsoft OneDrive. For this article, we used a Sager Laptop running Windows 10 Professional.

**Please Note**

The steps below are for users using Windows 10 Pro. The sections on hiding and unlinking will work for the Home version. However, the part about disabling and uninstalling pertains to Windows 10 Professional.

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Unlink OneDrive

  1. 1
    Click the arrow to show the hidden icons in the notification area.
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  2. 2
    Right-click on the OneDrive cloud icon, then select "Settings".
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    On the OneDrive Settings window, click the Accounts tab, followed by "Unlink the PC".
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    On the following window, click "Unlink account". Now that OneDrive has been unlinked, it will no longer attempt to sync any of your folders.
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  5. 5
    To log back in or add a different account, open OneDrive's settings
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    Click the Account tab, then "Add an account".
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    On the OneDrive Set up windows, enter your email and password. The account you add here will now sync with your folders.
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Disable OneDrive

  1. 1
    On your keyboard, press the Windows + R key at the same time.
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    When the Run command window appears, type "gpedit.msc" (without the quotes), then click "OK".
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  3. 3
    In the Local Group Policy Editor window, click on "Administrative Templates".
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    In the Administrative Templates section, double-click "Windows Components".
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    In the Windows Components section, double-click "OneDrive".
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    In the OneDrive section, double-click "Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage".
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    In the following window, click the radio button next to "Enabled"
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    To save this setting, click Apply, followed by "OK".
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    To re-enable OneDrive, follow the steps above to get back to the "Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage" window, then click the radio button next to "Not Configured".
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Uninstall OneDrive

  1. 1
    In the search box, type "control panel", then click it when it appears at the top of the results.
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    Inside the Control Panel, click "Programs".
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    Locate and click "Microsoft OneDrive" in your list of programs, then click "Uninstall".
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  4. 4
    When the User Account Control window pops-up, click "Yes"
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    OneDrive will now be fully uninstalled from your PC. Next, reboot your machine.
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  5. 5
    If you expand the hidden icons in the notification area, you'll notice that the OneDrive cloud icon is no longer there.
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  6. 6
    To remove the onedrive folder from Windows file explorer, right-click it, then select "Remove from Quick access".
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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