Bye, bye OneDrive

How to fully disable OneDrive on Windows 10

OneDrive is deeply integrated into Windows 10, but you can still disable the feature if you prefer another service or none at all. Here's how.

Disable OneDrive on Windows 10

OneDrive is now an essential part of Windows 10, which you can’t uninstall, but you can disable it completely if you don’t find a use for the service. While OneDrive is perhaps the best cloud storage experience for Windows 10 users, you shouldn’t necessarily have to use this one. You probably like another cloud storage service for various reasons.

Perhaps you want more storage or you simply use other services because you use other tools, such as iCloud if you own a Mac or iPhone, or Google Drive if you use Google’s suite of apps. Whatever the reason might be, although, the option is not in plain sight, you can easily disable the Microsoft cloud storage client from your PC.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to disable OneDrive on Windows 10 completely using the Group Policy Editor and Registry.

How to disable OneDrive using Group Policy

If you’re not interested on OneDrive, you can quickly disable the client on Windows 10 Pro and enterprise variants using the following steps:

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.

  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  3. Browse the following path:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive
  4. Double-click the Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage policy.

    OneDrive Group Policy options

  5. Click on Enabled, which will turn on the policy to disable OneDrive on Windows 10.

  6. Click Apply.

  7. Click OK.

    Disable OneDrive on Windows 10 using Local Group Policy Editor

  8. Restart your computer to complete the task.

Once your PC reboots, you won’t be able to access the OneDrive app, and Windows Store apps won’t be able to access the cloud storage either.

The OneDrive entry will no longer appear in File Explorer and your files won’t sync with the service.

How to disable OneDrive using the Registry

If you’re running Windows 10 Home, you don’t have access to the Local Group Policy Editor, which means you’re left with the most advanced option.

Important: It’s recommended you do a full backup of your computer before proceeding, as modifying the registry incorrectly can cause irreversible damage to your system.
  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.

  2. Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry.

  3. Navigate the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  4. There should be Windows key, if you don’t see, you’ll have to create it using the following steps:

    1. Right-click the Windows key (folder)

    2. Select New > Key.

      Create OneDrive key on the Registry to disable the feature

    3. Name the new key OneDrive and press Enter.

  5. Select the OneDrive key (folder)

  6. On the right side, right-click on an empty space, select New and click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  7. Name the new DWORD DisableFileSyncNGSC and press Enter.

  8. Double click the newly created DWORD and change its value from 0 to 1.

    DisableFileSyncNGSC Registry option to disable OneDrive

  9. Restart your computer to complete the task.

Once your PC reboots, you won’t be able to access the OneDrive app, and Windows Store apps won’t be able to access the cloud storage either.

The OneDrive entry will no longer appear in File Explorer and your files won’t sync with the service.

It’s worth pointing out that both of the methods will leave behind the OneDrive folder that contains the previously synced files, but it will no longer connect to the service.

Do you use OneDrive on Windows 10 or you prefer another cloud storage service? Also, did the instructions work? Tell us in the comments below.