How to Disable OneDrive in Windows 10

Removing the OneDrive Icon from the Windows 10 File Explorer

How to Disable OneDrive on Windows 10

Removing the OneDrive Icon from the Windows 10 File Explorer

OneDrive is an integral part of Windows 10, lacking a simple uninstallation method. Users of Windows 10 will need to edit their registry files to disable OneDrive, so it is recommended that you set a system restore point and be extra careful when changing registry files.     

To put things simply, OneDrive cannot be completely removed from Windows 10, at least not without potentially unwanted side effects, though it can be turned off. All you will need to do is follow these steps carefully, and you can disable Cortana.     

 

Entering the Registry Editor 

To enter into the Registry editor all you will need to do is type Regedit into Windows 10's search bar, it will appear as the best match like in the image below. Then you can double click on Regedit and enter the Registry Editor. 

 

 

Cortana removal guide

 

When inside the Windows Registry you will need to navigate to the following location. 

 

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ CLSID \ {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} 

 

How to Disable OneDrive in Windows 10 

On the right-hand side, there is a DWORD called System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree. Double-click on this DWORD and change the Value data to 0 and click OK.

Restart your system and OneDrive will now be missing from the Windows 10 File Explorer. 

 

 How to Disable OneDrive in Windows 10

How to Disable OneDrive in Windows 10  

 

You can join the discussion on OneDrive and anything Windows 10 on the OC3D Forums

 

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Most Recent Comments

31-01-2017, 11:15:47

WYP
Just a quick update, recent Windows 10 updates have re-enabled OneDrive, though the same method that is detailed in this guide will disable it again.Quote

31-01-2017, 13:57:01

Chrazey
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Just a quick update, recent Windows 10 updates have re-enabled OneDrive, though the same method that is detailed in this guide will disable it again.
And why do they keep re-enabling them without notifying the user of it?...Quote

31-01-2017, 14:14:55

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Chrazey View Post
And why do they keep re-enabling them without notifying the user of it?...
Its like a program update, but its not looking to see if its there already. Just updates and that then turns everything on againQuote

31-01-2017, 15:26:00

RobM
Still it should be able to detect whats installed and offer only updates present, my linux does just that so it is possibleQuote

31-01-2017, 17:46:14

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by RobM View Post
Still it should be able to detect whats installed and offer only updates present, my linux does just that so it is possible
You can on Windows. Can have it offer updates on only Windows stuff or have it offer updates for other Windows services as well. But with Onedrive, it's part of Windows. So it offers it and it comes alongside a Windows build update too. Not that big of a deal tbh. I don't personally use it, but I have a lot of family members who use it as an extra backup in case there external drives fail. So for many people it's useful. But to most of us here, probably not.Quote
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