Windows 10 – Disable / Remove OneDrive

KB ID 0001328 Dtd 17/07/17

Problem

Microsoft have done a good job of embedding OneDrive into Windows 10. While Ive got nothing against OneDrive, for some admins the thought of users storing data out of their networks is quite worrying. So how do you ‘un-couple’ OneDrive from Windows 10?

OneDrive icon Windows Explorer

Solutions

Option 1: Remove OneDrive ‘Quick and Dirty’

Open ‘Regedit’ and navigate to;

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > CLSID > {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} > System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree 

Change its value to 0 (zero).

Option 2: Remove OneDrive with Local Group Policy

Press ‘Windows Key + R’ > gpedit.msc {Enter} > Navigate to;

Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive

Locate ‘Prevent usage of OneDrive for file storage’.

Enable > Apply > Close the policy editor > Reboot.

Prevent the use of OneDrive Group Policy

Option 3: Remove OneDrive Access through the Registry

Press ‘Windows Key + R’ > regedit {Enter} > Navigate to;

HKLM > Software >Policies > Microsoft > Windows

Create a New Key called OneDrive.

Disable the use of OneDrive Registry

In the new key, create a new DWORD called ‘DisableFileSyncNGSC‘ set its value to 1 (one).

Disable the use of OneDrive Windows 10 Home

Option 2: Remove OneDrive Through Domain Group Policy

On a domain controller  > Administrative Tools > Group Policy Management.

Domain Group Policy Management Console

Create a new GPO linked to the OU that contains your computers > Give it a sensible name > OK.

GPO OneDrive

Edit it.

Domain GPO OneDrive

Navigate to;

Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive

Locate ‘Prevent usage of OneDrive for file storage’.

Domain GPO block OneDrive

Enable it > Apply > OK > Close the Group Policy Management console.

Block OneDrive with Group Policy

Then either wait, or force a group policy update.

Windows – Forcing Domain Group Policy

Note: On ‘Home Edition’s‘ of Windows 10, you can remove OneDrive from ‘add/remove programs’ > ‘Enable/Disable Windows features’.

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Author: PeteLong

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