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Disable OneDrive In Windows 10

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Cloud Storage, File & Disk Management
 
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So far this week, I’ve tried to convince you that Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage is worth giving a try and also showed you how to hide it from view if you aren’t a fan.

But if you are seriously opposed to OneDrive and would like to disable it, some versions of Windows 10 will allow it. But I will warn you, it’s a bit technical. Simply hiding it and not using it should be enough for most people. But if you want it gone, there is a way. Remember, only do this is you are the only person using the computer since this prevents everyone from accessing OneDrive.

To start, press the Windows key windowslogokey + R to open the Run box.  Type  gpedit.msc into the box and click OK.

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The Local Group Policy Editor will open. Click Local Computer Policy, then under that choose Computer Configuration, then under than Administrative templates, and then under that, Windows Components.

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Is this starting to seem too complicated for you? If it is, that’s okay. It’s your signal that it’s time to just close the Window and be content with ignoring or hiding OneDrive. If not, scroll down under Windows Components and look for OneDrive. Click on OneDrive.

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In the pane on the right, under Setting, right-click on Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage.

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Choose Edit.

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When the Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage box opens, click enabled and then OK.

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If you haven’t already hidden OneDrive, you can follow the steps here to remove it from sight.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Disable OneDrive In Windows 10”

  1. Bill B. says:

    Your explanation was great, but I agree that this ‘cloud’ stuff is just more Microsoft B.S….What happens when someone hacks the ‘cloud’ ? And they will! Eventually some hackers are going to shut down the whole internet and then nothing will work. We are too complacent and too dependent on technology….especially technology that we can live without like anything that is related to the internet….My wife can’t go 10 minutes without checking Facebook, and I on the other hand have never been on there and never will be. Thanks.
    -Bill B.

    • cynthia says:

      The truth is that almost all of your truly sensitive information is already in the cloud. Credit card numbers, SSN information, banking info. All of that data already rests in cloud servers along with all of your emails.

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