Windows 10: Cannot Remove OneDrive from Desktop

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  1. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       16 Aug 2017 #21

    On your original right-click pic, see if you can click Share and go thru the options to stop sharing it. May give you the option to delete if you can stop sharing it. Also, you may need to take ownership of it, because you're getting that security tab message.

    Change Owner of File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 10 Windows 10 Security System Tutorials

    (I keep the Take Ownership on my right click context menu options)
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  2.    16 Aug 2017 #22

    If I click "stop sharing", nothing happens.

    When I tried to take ownership with the elevated command prompt, I get the error message "The system cannot find the file specified."
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       16 Aug 2017 #23

    iKing1 said: View Post
    If I click "stop sharing", nothing happens.

    When I tried to take ownership with the elevated command prompt, I get the error message "The system cannot find the file specified."
    post the command line you did here.
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  4.    16 Aug 2017 #24

    C:\Windows\system32> takeown /F "C:\Users\MyUsername\OneDrive"

    I also tried C:\Windows\system32> takeown /F "C:\Users\MyUsername\OneDrive" /R /D Y
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  5.    16 Aug 2017 #25

    Right Click on it and choose delete.
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  6.    16 Aug 2017 #26

    Josey Wales said: View Post
    Right Click on it and choose delete.
    There isn't an option to delete when I right click on it.
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  7.    16 Aug 2017 #27

    In the end, this is all rather pointless - onedrive is a relatively integral part of windows 10, and as other say just disable it from start-up.

    People have to get it into their heads that things like Cortana, Onedrive etc. are not the same as traditional win32 apps, and removing by unofficial means can create all sorts of problems, up to and including breaking windows.

    The obsession with "bloat" by many is silly (imo) - I can understand in the past when disk space was at a premium, getting rid of things not needed was useful, but nowadays (unless on tablets e.g. with 32GB drives or similar), most have plenty of storage space. Hell, the WHOLE of the windows operating system is barely any bigger than the contents of just 1 dual layer DVD! So in simple terms, if you do not needed something, just ignore it.
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       16 Aug 2017 #28

    iKing1 said: View Post
    C:\Windows\system32> takeown /F "C:\Users\MyUsername\OneDrive"

    I also tried C:\Windows\system32> takeown /F "C:\Users\MyUsername\OneDrive" /R /D Y
    Hate to point out something obvious, but you did put your user name there instead of "MyUsername"?

    At a command prompt, copy and paste this command and run it. Post a screenshot of the result.

    dir /s /o %userprofile%\desktop
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  9.    16 Aug 2017 #29

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Hate to point out something obvious, but you did put your user name there instead of "MyUsername"?

    At a command prompt, copy and paste this command and run it. Post a screenshot of the result.

    dir /s /o %userprofile%\desktop
    Haha no, I'm using my actual username. I just replaced that information with "MyUsername" because it's my name and I'd rather not have that info tied to this username as I use iKing1 for anonymity's sake compared to other more public things tied to my name.

    Running dir /s /o %userprofile%\desktop comes up with a list of the files inside various folders within my desktop, but not all of them, and nothing related to OneDrive. It's just a list of various images and Photoshop documents and such inside of one of my folders that I use for work.
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       16 Aug 2017 #30

    iKing1 said: View Post
    Haha no, I'm using my actual username. I just replaced that information with "MyUsername" because it's my name and I'd rather not have that info tied to this username as I use iKing1 for anonymity's sake compared to other more public things tied to my name.

    Running dir /s /o %userprofile%\desktop comes up with a list of the files inside various folders within my desktop, but not all of them, and nothing related to OneDrive. It's just a list of various images and Photoshop documents and such inside of one of my folders that I use for work.
    Only conclusion I can come to after that is it's a phantom image of something. If it doesn't show any reference at all. Try a kilo of C4. :)
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