Disable OneDrive in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Disable OneDrive in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

One-drive in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 can be disabled through your computer's Local Group Policy Editor. This doesn't remove One-drive from your PC, but it stops it from syncing with the cloud or connecting with other apps, and removes it from the navigation pane in File Explorer.

TIP Because disabling One-drive involves changing a Group Policy setting on your computer, it is disabled for everyone who uses that computer. If others use the computer, make sure they also want One-drive disabled.

  1. Press (Windows key) + R to open the Run box.

  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK.

    In the Local Group Policy Editor, in the folder list under Local Computer Policy, navigate the folders to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components >OneDrive.

NOTE If you have any files or data in One-drive, you will not lose them if you disable or uninstall One-drive on your computer. You can always access your files by signing in to OneDrive.com

 First, you have to create a new key with the name OneDrive in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows (right-click). Then, you have to create a new DWORD (32-bit) value with the name DisableFileSyncNGSC under the newOneDrive key and set it to 1.

After you sign out and sign in again, the One Drive icon will have disappeared from File Explorer, and OneDrive can no longer sync data with the Microsoft cloud.

The policy disables OneDrive on Window 10 computers only if you use the ADMX template for Windows 10. You can easily verify which ADMX template you are working with.

The supported-on field of the newer policy, which also works for Windows 10, contains “At least Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7” instead of “at least Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1.”

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