When was the last time you even used OneDrive?

 

Okay. 

 

Never mind that.

 

Have you ever used OneDrive before, or even know what the heck it even is?

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10

 

 

 

Exactly. 

 

 

Well, first things first, OneDrive is just like your Google Drive or your DropBox.

 

It’s a place where you can store your files and all your other stuff and access it from any device wherever you go.

 

But there is no reason why you would want to keep Microsoft’s OneDrive if you have already have a Google Drive or a DropBox or if you’re just ol’ school and you prefer to keep all your files on your PC. 

 

And between you and me, you’re way better off sticking with your Google Drive or your Dropbox for the long run. 🙂

 

I’ll show you how to remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10 in just 4 simple steps.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Remove OneDrive Completely From Windows 10: 4 Steps

 

 

If you’re on Windows 10 Home

 

Just like how you would uninstall any other one of your apps on your Windows 10 you can uninstall your OneDrive too .

 

Though the caveat is that you would want to be a Windows 10 Home user to do this and if you’re reading this and if you’re on Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise then don’t do this, there’s a much better way for you which I’ll show you below.

 

Alright let get this done.

 

Step 1:  Head over to your start and search for your Control Panel. Once you’ve done that look for your Programs. 

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10

 

 

 

 

Step 2:  Great! Now do you see Uninstall a ProgramAlright tap on that. (The same way: you can also jump into your Settings and then your Apps and then lastly Apps & Features to uninstall your OneDrive).

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10

 

 

 

Step 3:  You’re almost done. Now you should be able to see your Microsoft OneDrive in your collective list of all your installed ‘stuff’ which are on your computer.

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10

 

 

 

 

Step 4:  Let’s finish this off. All you have to do is just right click on Microsoft OneDrive and then tap to Uninstall.

 

 

You’re Done! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Changed your mind?

 

Now if you ever want to reinstall your OneDrive back then all you have to do is just find for your OneDrive  installed which is hidden somewhere in your computer.

 

Here’s what you do: 

 

If you’re on a 64-Bit version of Windows 10

 

Step 1:  Just copy and paste this into your File Explorer:

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\

 

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10
You can also search for it by typing OneDriveSetup.exe into the search box which is to your right hand side.

 

 

 

 

Step 2:  Lastly, tap on OneDriveSetup.exe to reinstall your OneDrive back.

 

Done.

 

 

 

 

If you’re on a 32-Bit Version of Windows 10

 

Step 1:  Just copy and paste this into your File Explorer (exactly the same way as for the 64-Bit Version of Windows 10):

C:\Windows\System32

 

 

 

 

Step 2:  Lastly, tap on OneDriveSetup.exe to reinstall your OneDrive back.

 

Done.

 

 

 

 

Oh but wait. There’s something you ought to know..

 

Now there’s only one little caveat left:

 

Even though you have wiped OneDrive out completely and of all its traces, there will always be a little OneDrive folder that’s tucked away in your File Explorer sidebar. 

 

Now don’t get me wrong, you have removed OneDrive completely from your Windows 10 and that little file is not anything.

 

But if you really loathe the fact that it’s still there and you can’t go about your work then I’ll show you a way you can actually get rid of that too.

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Rid of the OneDrive Folder.

 

Again it’s best if you have to be a Windows 10 Home user to do this 

 

 

Yeah this is for you if you want to wipe out the OneDrive folder that’s still roaming around in your File Explorer.

 

 

Note

This method involves you having to tweak your Windows Registry to remove your Windows 10. (it’s a powerful tool and if you are not careful you can cause your computer to be unusable again) 

 

Which is why I’ll still show you the steps below but then I have also attached a tool to simplify these steps into a one tap solution below (so that you don’t have to meddle with the settings and let the program automatically do it for you).

 

Alright here’s how you do it.

 

Step 1:  Go ahead and open your Start and then type rpgedit to open up your Registry Editor.

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10

 

 

 

 

Step 2:  Next, press Enter to open up your Registry Editor and then give it your permission so that it can make changes to your computer.

 

 

Step 3:  Done? Great! Now in your Registry Editor, do you see the left sidebar? Okay use that to navigate to the following key: 

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

 

 

Step 4:  Now eyes to your right hand side. Look for System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree option.  Once you’ve found it all you have to do is just set it to 0 and then finish it off by tapping OK.

 

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10
Like this.

 

 

 

 

Note

If you’re on a 64-Bit version of  Windows 10 then make sure that you also do for the following key just as how you did with the one before just now by searching in your left hand sidebar.

 

 

 

Step 5:  Here’s the key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

 

Once you’ve found it, double click on the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree option once again which is to your right hand sidebar. Set it to 0 and tap OK.

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10
Like this.

 

 

 

 

That’s it! 🙂

 

Now remember the OneDrive folder that was bugging you?

 

Yeah it will be gone by now. (if not try restarting your computer).

 

 

 

 

To make things easier for you

 

If you feel that delving into the deep waters of the Registry Editor is not your thing, then you’re in luck.

 

Thanks to the guys over at HowToGeek, they’ve managed to create an easy one step program for you to uninstall OneDrive from your File Explorer and another program for you to reinstall back your OneDrive if you ever change your mind.

 

They’ve also included for both 64-Bit Windows 10 and 32-Bit Windows 10 versions for you to choose from:

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10

 

 

 

Alright. 

 

 

 

 


 

 

If you’re on Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise

 

So if you’re on Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise or Education then this method is for you.

 

What you’ll be doing is tweaking the Local Group Policy Editor that’s on your computer.

 

 

Note

Your Local Group Policy is a pretty powerful tool and if you’ve never used it before, take some time to learn the ropes. 

Also if you’re on a company network please ask your admin’s permission before doing this. 🙂

 

 

Alright let’s jump into the steps.

 

Step 1:  Go ahead and open your Start and then type gpedit.msc and then hit Enter.

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10

 

 

 

 

Step 2:  Next in your Local Group Policy editor, take a look at the left hand sidebar. Alright now in that sidebar head over to your Computer Configuration and then Administrative Templates. Then head over to your Windows Components and then your OneDrive.

 

 

 

Step 3:  You’re almost done! Now do you see Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage setting in your right hand side sidebar? Alright double click on that and then set it to Enabled. Finish it off by tapping OK.

 

remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10

 

 

 

 

Note

Now this will completely disable all access to your OneDrive. 

OneDrive will be hidden from FileExplorer and others won’t be able to use it again.

From this point on all access to OneDrive is gone. 

 

 

 

 

Note 

Also another important thing:

Don’t uninstall OneDrive like how you normally do for your other apps from your Control Panel or your Settings because that would then just bring back the annoying empty OneDrive file in your File Explorer.

If for some reason the empty OneDrive file is still there after you’ve done all the above steps then you’re going to need to reinstall back your OneDrive from the Windows system folder (the steps for this are above)

Only then can you find that the empty OneDrive file removed.

 

 

 

 

Changed your Mind?

 

If you want to undo this change then it’s pretty easy.

 

Step 4:  Just follow the same four-step process above under this method but only this time rather than keeping the setting as Enabled change it to Not Configured. 

 

 

That’s it! 🙂

 

 

 

Share this guide with your family and friends so that they can too remove unwanted programs like Microsoft’s OneDrive from their computer. 🙂