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    Remove OneDrive entry from File Explorer

    By choice, I am NOT signed in on OneDrive. I therefore want to remove its listing in Explorer.

    I followed the instructions in the MS publication "Turn off or uninstall OneDrive" and discovered that my system did not find "gpedit.msc", and that "Settings" did not appear when I clicked on the OneDrive icon. As a result I could not proceed with further instructions.

    What must I do now?

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    The easiest way is to use a .REG file. I've attached a .ZIP file of some .REG files.

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    Once un-zipped, double-click on the appropriate .REG file (x32 or x64) then click on the Yes button on the User Account Control dialog that appears then on the Yes button in the "Are you sure you want to continue" dialog that appears. Another dialog will appear confirming that the contents of the .REG file has been merged into the registry. Just click on the OK button to dismiss the dialog. The OneDrive icon should now have been removed from File Explorer.

    Don't forget to also stop OneDrive from running from startup.

    Your system is most likely to be x64, i.e. 64-bit, but to check, right-click on the Start button and choose System from the options. When the System information window appears, look for System type:

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    Hope this helps...
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    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2016-08-11 at 16:30. Reason: Added second screenshot

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    More info: Shawn Brink has an even easier way. See How to Enable or Disable OneDrive Integration in Windows 10 for the full article.

    If you disable OneDrive integration:

    • Users can’t open the OneDrive app.
    • The OneDrive app will not run at startup for all users.
    • Windows Store apps can’t access OneDrive using the WinRT API.
    • OneDrive doesn’t appear in the navigation pane in File Explorer for all users.
    • OneDrive files aren’t kept in sync with the cloud.
    • Users can’t automatically upload photos and videos from the camera roll folder.
    The .REG file is this:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    ; Created by: Shawn Brink
    ; http://www.tenforums.com
    ; Tutorial: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive]
    "DisableFileSyncNGSC"=dword:00000001
    Copy/paste this into Notepad and save it as "Disable OneDrive integration.reg".

    In my opinion this is easier and better than the method in my first post but a little slower because you have to either re-start or sign out then sign in again for the changes to take effect.

    Hope this helps...

    EDIT: I've since found out that using the Enable_OneDrive_Integration.reg file does not work. Whilst it makes the change to the registry, OneDrive integration is not fully restored, irrespective of whether you restart or sign out then in again, until you have actually signed in to OneDrive itself. As a result, I suggest using the method in post #2 instead.
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2016-08-11 at 20:32. Reason: Added more info

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    Thanks, Rick, I've been wanting to do this myself.

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    I just unchecked mine in the Startup menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    I just unchecked mine in the Startup menu.
    Can you elaborate on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    I just unchecked mine in the Startup menu.
    OP's post was ""Settings" did not appear when I clicked on the OneDrive icon." so didn't get the option, hence registry method.

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    Before you go to all this trouble, consider that it's possible you will run into more problems than it's worth down the line. Including a good possibility that it will return when you run a version upgrade.

    The simplest solution may be to not give it any credentials and keep it from running on startup. Then, just ignore it.
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    I don't even have a Onedrive icon and haven't clicked on it in All apps.

    To disable it in the Startup menu, right click in the taskbar and select Task Manager.

    If you don't have any details showing in there, click on More details in the lower left then click on the Startup tab and uncheck its box.

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    Mine is not in that startup list, it just shows on the left in File Explorer.

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    Thank you all... enlightening... leaving me disheartened by the complex surfeit of undesired features imposed on users by default.

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    What I am coming to reluctantly accept is that MS has taken a cue from Apple and Android and is now packing a bunch of stuff into Windows in such a way that you can't get rid of it.

    OneDrive is just as much a part of Win10 as Internet Explorer. You can keep it from launching at startup and ignore it if you wish. But getting rid of it is a PITA (I tried once).

    I used a small free DropBox account for years to keep a variety of things I wanted available from several devices. Since I've now had OneDrive forced onto me, I'm using it for the same purpose. You might as well get used to it because MS is a big believer in internet based software as a service.
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    The MS Community site had the following suggestion:

    Create a System Recovery as a safety measure. Then,
    1. Press Windows + R on the keyboard to open Run dialog box.
    2. Type regedit.exe and hit Enter or OK to open Registry Editor.
    3. Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
    4. You’ll see a DWORD entry labeled System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree
    5. Click on it, select Mofy, set it to 0.

    I overcame my anxiety about messing around in the registry, and lo-and-behold IT WORKED!

    Thankyouall for lending me your ear. Stay well.

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    Good luck. Let us know when an update puts it back.
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    I've just reinstalled Win 10 after factory resetting a Win 7 laptop and while it's still at 10586 build, MS OneDrive is still showing in the Startup menu.

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