How to remove and uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10


OneDrive may sound like Chinese to you. But if you use Windows 8 and especially Windows 10 , you will be used to seeing this app appear all the time. Microsoft's online storage platform is highly integrated into the interface, and allows us to manage files through different apps . This feature is an advantage for users who regularly use OneDrive, but it can become a hassle for users who use other services such as Dropbox or Google Drive or who do not want to know anything about the Microsoft cloud. We tell you the steps to follow if you want to disable OneDrive or remove it completely from your computer.

By the way, if you decide to keep using OneDrive , you have until January 31st to keep your free 15GB in the cloud . Now we go to the mess. If you want to disable or remove OneDrive, the essential requirement is that you have the Windows 10 Pro version or other professional configurations. Unfortunately, Windows 10 Home users will not be able to follow these steps. The first thing to do is to right-click on the start menu symbol. A drop-down menu should open with the option "Run" . Another even faster way is to use the key combination "Windows key + R". From here we write the command "gpedit.msc" (without the quotes).


Once inside this tool, we have to go into the menu "Computer Configuration" , then "Administrative Templates" and "Windows Components". In the right part of the window we will see a fairly long list of features. The one that interests us is, of course, OneDrive . We double click on "Prevent the use of OneDrive to store files" and an external window will open. If we want the Microsoft tool to stop being visible and not work with our files and applications, we must select the "Enabled" option within those shown in the upper left. Then click on "Apply" and we exit the application.

OneDrive will continue to appear in the start menu but we will not be able to enter the application. Also, the stored files will not be accessible through Windows Explorer. For users who want to completely remove this application, there is a more complete way to do it as indicated in TechJourney . Of course, we advise that you should touch the Windows registry , so only users familiar with advanced use of the system should follow these steps. Also, you might have trouble reinstalling OneDrive later if you change your mind. In our case, we have verified that there was no problem if the installer of theMicrosoft page (for Windows 7 and Windows 8) .

OneDrive installation

The first thing to do is type in the Cortana bar "cmd". The first search result will be the command prompt. Right-click on this icon and then choose the option "Run as administrator" . Inside this application reminiscent of the iconic MS-DOS we write the following command "taskkill / f / im OneDrive.exe" (always without quotes). This should kill all processes opened by OneDrive. Then we have to write a new command to uninstall it. If you are using 32-bit Windows, the command is "% SystemRoot% \ System32 \ OneDriveSetup.exe / uninstall" . In case of being 64-bit Windows, the command is"% SystemRoot% \ SysWOW64 \ OneDriveSetup.exe / uninstall." To find out if our system is 32-bit or 64-bit, just go to the Windows 10 configuration and then “About”.

By the way, there are always records that we will have to clean through the commands:

rd "% UserProfile% \ OneDrive" / Q / S rd "% LocalAppData% \ Microsoft \ OneDrive" / Q / S rd "% ProgramData% \ Microsoft OneDrive" / Q / S rd "C: \ OneDriveTemp" / Q / S And also the registry entries: REG Delete "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ CLSID \ {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}" / f REG Delete "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Wow6432Node \ CLSID \ {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53DE} /9B53DE} F