One of the features of Windows 10, and also of 8.1, is full integration with the OneDrive cloud service. The connection between them is so close that you can even see a system folder in File Explorer without the possibility of removing it normally.
If this can be very good for anyone who actually uses this cloud service, for others it is only taking unnecessary space and has no interest in being maintained. If you want to remove it, just follow this guide.
In addition to the OneDrive folder visible in Windows Explorer, your synchronization service also loads automatically at the beginning of the system.
Next to the clock, there should be the icon corresponding to OneDrive. To prevent it from starting automatically again with system startup, right-click> Settings> Settings tab> uncheck Automatically start OneDrive …, confirming by following with OK. However, this option is not enough to completely eliminate the presence of OneDrive.
In Windows 8.1 / 10 in the Pro, Enterprise or Education release, you can use the Group Policy Editor to completely eliminate the presence of OneDrive in Windows Explorer.
To do so, you must:
- Open the Local Group Policy Editor, or run gpedit.msc from the Start Menu;
- Navigate to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> OneDrive;
- Double-click on Prevent OneDrive from being used in the file store;
- Close the editor and restart the PC.
After the PC is restarted, the folder corresponding to OneDrive will no longer appear.
If Windows is the Home version, then it is necessary to proceed in another way, using the registry editor, since the Local Group Policy Editor is not available. Thus, the procedure is:
- Open the Registry Editor by simply running regedit from the Start Menu;
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ OneDrive. If it does not exist, you must create the OneDrive key by right-clicking the Windows key> New> Key, giving it the name OneDrive;
- Double-click the DisableFileSyncNGSC registry and change the value to 1. If it does not exist, the new registry should be created by right-clicking on OneDrive> New> DWORD Value (32 bits), giving it the name DisableFileSyncNGSC, then assigning it 1;
- Close the Registry Editor and restart the PC.