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Windows 10: Uninstall OneDrive completely - here's how

Microsoft's OneDrive cloud service is firmly integrated in Windows 10. You can completely uninstall the service from the system, including the icons from the system tray and start menu. We'll show you how to remove OneDrive from Windows 10.

To uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10, you first have to end the associated process and then uninstall the service. Then you remove the OneDrive icon in Windows Explorer.

Windows 10: Completely uninstall OneDrive

Update: From Windows 10 Build 14986 you can use OneDrive on a easier way to uninstall:

  1. Opens the settings with the buttons Windows + i and click the new button for apps.
  2. Then click on Microsoft OneDrive in the list and select the button Uninstall out.

Alternatively, you can also find the OneDrive entry for deleting in the uninstallable programs in the control panel.

The following is the old method describedHow it worked before build 14986:

Note: The program gpedit.msc is only included in the Pro version of Windows 10. Windows 10 Home users can therefore not use the instructions.

Uninstall OneDrive completely

  1. Presses the key combination Windows + R, to the Run dialog to open.
  2. Is typing gpedit.msc and confirms with the Enter key, to the Local group policy editor to open.
  3. Navigates to the folder: Computer configuration, administrative templates, Windows components, OneDrive.
  4. Double click on the setting on the right Prevent the use of OneDrive for data storage and select the option in the new window above Activated out. Confirmed with OK.
  5. Opens the command prompt with administrator rights.
  6. To end running OneDrive processes, enter the following command and then confirm with the Enter key:
    taskkill / f / im OneDrive.exe
  7. Now enter the following command and execute it if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows 10:
    % SystemRoot% \ SysWOW64 \ OneDriveSetup.exe / uninstall
    For the 32-bit version you use the command:
    % SystemRoot% \ System32 \ OneDriveSetup.exe / uninstall

You don't see a confirmation message after the command. However, the OneDrive app can no longer be found in the start menu or in the taskbar at the bottom right. Your OneDrive folder with the files is still there.

Now you have to remove the OneDrive symbol from Windows Explorer.

Remove the OneDrive icon from Explorer

To remove the OneDrive icon in Windows 10 from Explorer, you do the following:

  1. Presses the key combination Windows + R, is typing regedit and confirms with the Enter key.
  2. Navigates to the key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ CLSID \ {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
  3. Double click on the entry on the right System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and sets the value of 1 on 0. Click on OK.

You may have to restart Windows 10 so that the OneDrive icon disappears from Explorer. With us it was gone immediately.

Reinstall OneDrive

If you have changed your mind and want to reinstall OneDrive, navigate to the folder C: \ Windows \ SysWOW64 and runs the file there OneDriveSetup.exe out. Then make the changes in the program gpedit.msc undo and open OneDrive from the start menu. You may have to restart Windows 10.

With us, the OneDrive symbol was then displayed again in the system tray and in Explorer.

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