Windows 10: OneDrive files

  1.    28 May 2018 #1

    Delete OneDrive files


    I uninstalled OneDrive and have 37 files and folders left, can I remove them without causing any problems?
    Last edited by rdwray; 28 May 2018 at 10:36.
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  2. Masterchiefxx17's Avatar
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       28 May 2018 #2

    If you are talking about installation files, you could delete them if you'd like. If you are talking about OneDrive folders, then deleting them would delete them from your OneDrive cloud.
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  3.    28 May 2018 #3

    I don't have any cloud files, just want to be sure it will not prevent any programs from running.
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       28 May 2018 #4

    rdwray said: View Post
    I don't have any cloud files, just want to be sure it will not prevent any programs from running.
    If you do not have OneDrive synced and running, they are on your machine and on your MS account OneDrive folders when you sign into your MS account. Deleting them on your machine will leave them on your MS Account OneDrive. To delete them from everywhere forever, you will need to sign into your MS account, and delete them there. I know you say you do not have any "cloud files", but all MS accounts when created are given a minimum of 5GB of space.

    At some point, you may have had OneDrive running. I would sign onto your MS Account and check to be sure. If nothing there, then you are clean. If you want anything there, you can download it and then delete from the MS Account.

    No user programs I am aware of would ever store app specific necessary data in OneDrive, there should be no conflicts.
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  5.    28 May 2018 #5

    I deleted my MS account because they were hacking my computer - they had my avatar displayed and I did not give it to them.

    No user programs I am aware of would ever store app specific necessary data in OneDrive, there should be no conflicts.
    I don't care about OneDrive, I have my own storage and don't need it, but I have seen when you remove one program, it damages another and that is my fear with OneDrive if I remove all the files. I can create a restore point before deleting, but do not see that as a good idea since I may not find an issue until months later.
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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       28 May 2018 #6

    I did the account association with my 'portrait' on a Notebook early on and it shows up on a few things Microsoft when using my account, pretty much normal when using a Microsoft Account.

    Also, by default System Restore is not active although there may be one point stored after Version Upgrades and maybe Build updates which delete previous Restore Points. If I have a qualm about something I will manually create a Restore Point 'just in case'.
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  7. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       28 May 2018 #7

    rdwray said: View Post
    I deleted my MS account because they were hacking my computer - they had my avatar displayed and I did not give it to them.

    I don't care about OneDrive, I have my own storage and don't need it, but I have seen when you remove one program, it damages another and that is my fear with OneDrive if I remove all the files. I can create a restore point before deleting, but do not see that as a good idea since I may not find an issue until months later.
    Then the only thing reasonable is to copy the files off somewhere safe. Delete them if you want to. And wait......

    No way anybody can tell you what would happen a few months down the road. OneDrive content is generally just pictures and videos and maybe some Word documents and such. Nothing critical, unless you put something there.

    The program itself, OneDrive.exe. is just a sync client between your machine and the "cloud", which you do not have. I cannot imagine uninstalling it causing any havoc with your other programs. In fact, it is not a requirement to have it installed in the first place.

    Save any data you want. delete the OneDrive folders. Uninstall the program. Done.


    FYI: OneDrive executables reside in your appdata....

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  8.    28 May 2018 #8

    I went ahead and deleted them on a new PC that I have and don't have any important stuff and don't mind refreshing if I have to.

    So you were a Navy flyer, got more guts than me to land on a postage stamp
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  9. Berton's Avatar
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       28 May 2018 #9

    rdwray said: View Post
    So you were a Navy flyer, got more guts than me to land on a postage stamp
    Know what you mean, I was on the other end of the radio as an Air Traffic Controller.
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