Any way to get rid of OneDrive permanently?

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  1. larc919's Avatar
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    Any way to get rid of OneDrive permanently?


    Can OneDrive be effectively deleted? I have absolutely no need for it. There are never problems with it on my desktops since they all run Windows 10 Pro (it has Group Policy Editor). But my laptop has Home and OneDrive keeps inserting its obnoxious self no matter what steps I take to be rid of it. Every so-called "fix" I've found has been only temporary.
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  2. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
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    I'd like to know myself--at least how to get it to disappear from the file explorer. The less unused clutter there the better. I'll never use it.

    I have not checked; there may be a tutorial for this.
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
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    Apps Features Enable or Disable OneDrive Integration - Windows 10 Forums

    may help- from the Tutorial section which you're free to browse and search.

    And if you have the Onedrive App in your start menu- rt click and uninstall.

    Then there's
    Apps Features Turn On or Off Run OneDrive at Startup in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  4. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
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    dalchina said:
    Apps Features Enable or Disable OneDrive Integration - Windows 10 Forums

    may help- from the Tutorial section which you're free to browse and search.

    And if you have the Onedrive App in your start menu- rt click and uninstall.

    Then there's
    Apps Features Turn On or Off Run OneDrive at Startup in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Hmm......tried the disabling reg file in your first link, rebooted, and One Drive still shows in File Explorer.

    Will try second link.
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  5. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    That second link says "Right click or press and hold on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar notification area, and click/tap on Settings.

    I can't find any "OneDrive" icon anywhere near the taskbar. Let alone "Settings".

    I've never "signed in" to One Drive.

    I installed Win 10 using a local account.
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
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    What's present will be dependent on how you've configured Onedrive- if at all.

    This follows from the first tutorial from a link I've just found when I read it:
    General Tips Add or Remove OneDrive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  7. larc919's Avatar
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    dalchina said:
    Apps Features Enable or Disable OneDrive Integration - Windows 10 Forums

    may help- from the Tutorial section which you're free to browse and search.

    And if you have the Onedrive App in your start menu- rt click and uninstall.

    Then there's
    Apps Features Turn On or Off Run OneDrive at Startup in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    There's actually an entry for Microsoft OneDrive in Control Panel > Programs and Features (or was now). I've "uninstalled" it there several times, but it keeps reappearing. And this is with CU, not new Insider builds. It seems Cumulative Updates are putting it back.
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  8. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    dalchina said:
    What's present will be dependent on how you've configured Onedrive- if at all.
    I've never used it. I assume I cannot use it without "signing in", "signing up" or whatever. That's fine. I'll never use it.

    I've never KNOWINGLY configured it. If I came across some Windows setting that was as simple as "enable/disable", I would have chosen "disable" as I know I'll never need it. But I cannot recall such a setting.

    I may have made some seemingly unrelated settings in Windows 10 that might affect whether it is seen, not seen, usable, not usable. I have no idea.

    I do have a OneDrive folder under C Users, but it is utterly empty.

    It still shows in my Explorer tree, after running Brink's disable regedit.
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
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  10. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    dalchina said:
    What's present will be dependent on how you've configured Onedrive- if at all.

    This follows from the first tutorial from a link I've just found when I read it:
    General Tips Add or Remove OneDrive from Navigation Pane in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Success.

    The disable reg file in the above link did work--at least it is no longer seen in Explorer.

    I don't see it in Control Panel either, but I'm not sure it was ever there.

    Thanks.
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