OneDrive is the cloud service from Microsoft that is built right into Windows 10. This can be useful, but if you do not use it, you probably do not want to see the function constantly. In that case, you can disable OneDrive on your Windows 10 PC. Here we show you how to do that.

Not everyone who has a Windows 10 PC wants to use OneDrive. And even if you use the cloud service to store everything, it does not mean that you want to synchronize your OneDrive with your PC and encounter it everywhere, such as in the system tray and in the Windows Explorer. Fortunately, it is possible to completely disable OneDrive on your computer.

Do not start OneDrive automatically anymore

To ensure that OneDrive is no longer loaded automatically when you start your computer, you have to right-click the OneDrive icon in the system tray and choose Settings. Go to the Settings tab in the window that appears and unchecks the option Start OneDrive automatically when I log in to Windows.

From now on, OneDrive will no longer start automatically with Windows, and you will no longer see the pop-up that is displayed when you are not yet logged into OneDrive.
Stop synchronization in Windows 10 Home

To make the Home version of Windows 10 ensure that automatic synchronization is disabled and to remove the shortcut to OneDrive that is in the system tray, you must use Registry Editor.

Press the Windows key and type regedit. Choose the Registry Editor in the search results. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> Software> Policies> Microsoft> Windows. Right-click the Windows folder and choose New> Key. Name this new folder OneDrive.

Right-click the OneDrive folder you just created, and choose New> DWORD (32 bit) value. Name the value DisableFileSyncNGSC and set its value to 1 by double-clicking it and typing the number 1 in the Value data box.

If you want to enable OneDrive again later, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> Software> Policies> Microsoft> Windows> OneDrive and set the value to 0.

Stop synchronization in Windows 10 Pro

In the Pro version of Windows 10 it is easier to disable OneDrive.

Press the Windows key and type gpedit. In the search results, select the Edit group policy option.

Go to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> OneDrive and double-click Prevent Onedrive from being used for file storage. In the window that appears, click Enabled and click OK.

After some time, OneDrive will stop synchronizing.

Remove OneDrive from the Windows Explorer

In the left panel of the Windows Explorer you still see the OneDrive icon. To remove this, you must use the Registry Editor.

Press the Windows key and type regedit. Choose the Registry Editor in the search results. Navigate to HKCR \ CLSID \ {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} (Windows 10, 32-bit version) or to HKCR \ Wow6432Node \ CLSID \ {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} (Windows 10, 64 -bit version) n sets the registry value named System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree to 0.

If you do this without stopping the OneDrive synchronization as described above, OneDrive will still remain active and only the icon will no longer be visible in the Explorer. This step therefore has no influence on the functioning of OneDrive.