How to Remove OneDrive from Windows 10 File Explorer

OneDrive is one of the best cloud storage service which comes bundled as part of Windows 10. One Drive is available on most major platforms such as desktop, mobile, Xbox etc. and that’s why Windows users prefer it over any other service. But for most of the Windows users, OneDrive is merely a distraction, and it just bugs users with an unnecessary prompt for Sign in and whatnot. The most notable issue is the OneDrive icon in the File Explorer which the users want to somehow hide or remove completely from their system.

Now the problem is Windows 10 doesn’t include an option to hide or remove OneDrive from your system, and that’s why we have put together this article which will show you how to remove, hide or uninstall OneDrive completely from your PC. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Remove OneDrive from Windows 10 File Explorer with the help of below-listed steps.

How to Remove OneDrive from Windows 10 File Explorer

Make sure to  create a restore point  and backup registry , just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Hide OneDrive From Windows 10 File Explorer

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

3. Now select the {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} key and then from the right window pane double click on System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD.

4. Change the DWORD value data from 1 to 0 and click OK.

5. Close the Registry Editor and Reboot your PC to save changes.

Note: In future, if you want to access the OneDrive and need to revert the changes, then follow the above steps and change the value System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD from 0 to 1 again.

Method 2: Uninstall or Remove OneDrive from Windows 10 File Explorer

1. Type control panel in Windows Search and then click on it to open Control Panel.

2. Then click Uninstall a program and find Microsoft OneDrive on the list.

3. Right-click on Microsoft OneDrive and select Uninstall.

4. Follow the on-screen instruction to uninstall OneDrive from your system completely

5. Reboot your PC to save changes, and this would Remove OneDrive from Windows 10 File Explorer completely.

Note: If you want to reinstall OneDrive in future navigate to the following folder according to the architecture of your PC:

For 64-bit PC: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
For 32-bit PC: C:\Windows\System32\

Now look for OneDriveSetup.exe, then double-click on it to run the setup. Follow the on-screen instruction to re-install OneDrive.

Method 3: Hide OneDrive from File Explorer using Group Policy Editor

Note: This method won’t work in Windows Home Edition version.

1. Press Windows Key + R then type gpedit.msc and hit Enter to open Group Policy Editor.

2. Now navigate to the following path in the gpedit window:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive

3. Make sure to select OneDrive from the left window pane and then in the right window pane double click on “Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage” policy.

4. Now from the policy setting window select Enabled checkbox and click OK.

5. This will completely hide OneDrive from File Explorer and users won’t be able to access it anymore.

6. Reboot your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Remove OneDrive from Windows 10 File Explorer but if you still have any queries regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.