How to Uninstall Windows 10 OneDrive App Completely

OneDrive is an internal part of Windows 10 and Microsoft party line is that it’s impossible to uninstall Windows 10 OneDrive app. That’s not true actually, there are various ways to uninstall OneDrive and remove it from Windows 10 File Explorer.

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OneDrive was previously known as SkyDrive, a well-known cloud file hosting and sync services from Microsoft. The desktop application of OneDrive is installed and come natively with the Windows 10 operating system. And if you login into Windows 10 using a Microsoft Account, OneDrive is enabled by default.

It is one of the best features of Windows 10, according to Microsoft. The purpose of making it a core part of the operating system is to provide users a way to access files and photos from anywhere, store them and even share them.

Not all the user’s uses Microsoft OneDrive. Some users like to use other cloud store services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Apple iCloud Drive, and more. While other may not be using any file hosting or cloud storage service at all, especially at computer or laptops used in corporations, businesses, school, enterprises, and education institutions.

Unlike the earlier version of Windows operating system, OneDrive app is a core part of Windows 10. One can easily find the OneDrive desktop application on the right pane of File Explorer from the moment you start using the Windows 10.

How to Uninstall Windows 10 OneDrive App in Windows 10

Previously there was not option to Uninstall Microsoft OneDrive App in Windows 10, but starting with Windows 10 build 14986. OneDrive app starts appearing Apps & feature page of Settings app and in the “Uninstall a program” section of the Control Panel.

What this means is that you can officially uninstall OneDrive app from Windows 10. Here is what you need to do:

Uninstall Windows 10 OneDrive App in Windows 10 using Settings App

1. Launch the Settings app. For that, Press WIN + I hotkeys.

Uninstall Windows 10 OneDrive App in Windows 10 using Settings App

2. Click on the Apps -> App & features.

3. On the right pane, you will find out the list of the apps which you have installed on your Windows 10 PC.

Uninstall Windows 10 OneDrive App in Windows 10 using Settings App

4. Scroll down to OneDrive app, click on the app, and then click on Uninstall button.

That’s it.

This will uninstall the OneDrive app from the Windows 10 PC.

It’s little tricky but not impossible to uninstall OneDrive desktop app if you’re a system running earlier builds of Windows 10. There are various ways available in Windows 10 to deal with Windows 10 OneDrive app, depending on whether you want to disable, hide, remove or uninstall OneDrive app from Windows 10.

Here are different ways available to it with step by step guide.

Disable Windows 10 OneDrive in Windows 10

1. Type GPedit.msc in Start menu start search bar and click on Gpedit.msc file under Best Match to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

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2. Head over to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates ->Windows Components -> OneDrive.

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3. In the right panel, you need to double click on Policy named as Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file Storage.

disable windows 10 onedrive app

4. In this window, you need to choose the Enabled radio button.

5. Click Apply and then OK when done.

That’s it. Now this doing this, you will not see OneDrive app icon in the File Explorer as well as the app is completely disabled and will be prevented from running and accessing files on OneDrive from any modern apps or desktop apps.

But there is one problem, If you’re using Windows 10 Home edition, then you won’t be able to make the above changes as Home edition of Windows 10 does not come with Group Policy Editor. Actually, the above steps set the settings in Registry, which users can also set using Registry Editor in Windows 10. Here is how to use Registry editor to:

Turn Off Windows 10 OneDrive App using Registry Editor

1. Type RegEdit.exe in Start menu search bar and click to run command.

2. After that navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

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3. Select Windows Folder and make right click and choose New -> Key and name it OneDrive.

Note: If OneDrive key already exist, then you can skip this step.

4. Now make a right click on OneDrive Key, and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it DisableFileSyncNGSC.

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uninstall windows 10 onedrive app

5. Close the Registry Editor.

6. Restart your computer to see the result.

Uninstall Windows 10 OneDrive App Completely

Its very tough to completely uninstall the Windows 10 desktop app manually. But can be done just by executing following commands in command prompt. Here are steps which you need to follow:

1. Launch the Command Prompt as Administrator.

2. You need to terminate all the OneDrive apps processes for that, you need to execute the following command:

taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe

3. After that, uninstall the OneDrive app from Windows 10 by executing the following commands:

In 32-bit Windows 10 (x86):

%SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

In 64-bit Windows 10 (x64):

%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall

Congratulations, you have successfully uninstalled OneDrive app from Windows 10. From now onward you will not see any notification nor the confirmation dialogue box. Even if you search for OneDrive app you will get nothing.

OneDrive is the cloud service which deals with user data. At this point you’ve uninstalled the OneDrive app, but still there leftovers and remnants from the app available in the system. You can also cleanup OneDrive related folders and data. For that you need to execute following commands:

Note: Make sure these folder does not contain any user data

Launch Command Prompt as administrator and execute following commands back to back:

rd "%UserProfile%\OneDrive" /Q /S
rd "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive" /Q /S
rd "%ProgramData%\Microsoft OneDrive" /Q /S
rd "C:\OneDriveTemp" /Q /S

Removing OneDrive Desktop App Folder from File Manager Navigation:

Windows 10 OneDrive has registry key which add itself to the File Explorer Navigation panel in Windows 10. But after completely uninstalling the OneDrive apps, these registry keys have no value and can be removed.

REG Delete "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}" /f
REG Delete "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}" /f

Uninstall OneDrive App from Windows 10 (Trick)

If you find all the above mentioned methods complicated, then you can also use this trick which is shared by irQubn, the Reddit users who shared an easiest way to remove OneDrive in Windows 10. Here is what you need to do:

1. Create a new text file using Notepad.

2. Visit this link and copy the code. Now paste it into the text file.

3. Save this file as RemoveOneDrive.bat and exit.

4. Run this script as administrator. For that, right click on RemoveOneDrive.bat file and select Run as Administrator.

5. Simply follow the steps. That it.

After completing all the mentioned steps you will not longer find the OneDrive app in the Windows 10.

Why don’t you try out all the methods mentioned above to uninstall Windows 10 OneDrive app completely. If you need any help. Let me know in the comments.

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