Along with the various inbuilt applications that come with Windows 10, there is also OneDrive. Now OneDrive isn’t so bad if you prefer to have it for your cloud storage needs. However, for people not using the application, it isn’t so great having it continually pop up and nudge you to sign in/create an account every time you log into Windows! We show you today how to rid yourself of the OneDrive pop up in Windows 10 Home, Pro and Enterprise editions (and even uninstalling OneDrive from your computer completely).
How to Disable OneDrive from popping up every time you log into Windows
Right click the Windows Taskbar and select Task Manager from the drop down menu.
In the Task Manager window, navigate to the Startup tab.
Select Microsoft OneDrive and click Disable.
Now it has been disabled from your Startup mechanism! Try it out for yourself when you reboot your computer.
How to remove OneDrive completely from Windows Home
1. Uninstall OneDrive from Windows
To permanently remove OneDrive from Windows, then first of all you have to uninstall it. Luckily that isn’t hectic!
Navigate to Settings from your Start Menu or you can simply enter in Windows + I key from the Windows desktop.
In Windows Settings, click the Apps option.
Search for OneDrive under the Apps & features section.
Select it and click Uninstall.
2. Remove OneDrive Folder from File Explorer via the Group Registry
After uninstalling OneDrive, the application does still appear in your File Explorer. Perform this process if you no longer want it to appear in there either.
Navigate to the Start menu and type regedit.
Navigate to the following key (you can copy and paste it into the Registry Editor instead of typing it):
Double click System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree or you can right click it and select Modify from the drop down menu.
Amend the Value Data to zero and click OK.
For users on 64-bit Windows 10, you have to do an additional step. Navigate to the following key (you can copy and paste it):
Double click System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree.
Change the Value data to zero and select OK.
Now the OneDrive folder will no longer appear in File Explorer! Hooray!
How to remove OneDrive from Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise
For Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users, you do not have to uninstall OneDrive. Instead, you can do a simple configuration change in the the Local Group Policy Editor for OneDrive to never darken your door step again.
Navigate to the Start menu and access gpedit.msc.
Local Group Policy Editor opens. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive.
Double click the Prevent the usage of OneDrive for the file storage setting on the right pane or you can right click it and select Edit from the drop down menu.
Select the Enabled radio button and click Apply to save changes.
As a result, OneDrive is disabled in Windows 10 and is hidden from File Explorer. Furthermore, any user on the particular computer will not be able to launch it, even from the Windows Store apps. Score!
If you unfortunately already uninstalled OneDrive and then carried out this change in Local Group Policy Editor, this will not remove OneDrive from File Explorer. You need to reinstall OneDrive from the Windows system folder. When this is done, only then will OneDrive completely vanish from File Explorer.