Disable OneDrive in Windows 10

Disbale OneDrive in Windows 10

If you have a Windows 10 computer and wish to disable OneDrive, you can do so by following this simple procedure.


1 – Right click on the Windows Start Button in the bottom left hand corner:

Disbale OneDrive - Windows 10 Run


2 – Left Click on Run and type gpedit.msc then click OK:



3 – This will bring up the Local Group Policy Editor:

Group Policy Editor


4 – Within Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – OneDrive you should see one option ‘Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage’:

Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage


5 – Double click the Setting and change the Setting from ‘Not Configured’ to ‘Enabled’ then click Apply before pressing OK to close

Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage Settings


6 – Reboot your PC and you shall no longer have OneDrive in your task bar or in File Explorer:

File Explorer


To be able to make this change the user account needs to be an Administrator. If the Standard user account attempts this process, the following error message is presented:

You do not have the permission to perform this operation. Access is denied

Group Policy Error

The Group Policy editor opens, but all of the contents is inaccessible.

Why Disable OneDrive?

The main reason I disable OneDrive in Windows 10 is because I use Google Drive for my synchronisation. By doing this I can be sure the files I have on my PC are also the ones I can see on my Mac and Chromebook.

OneDrive on a Chromebook is nowhere near as integrated as Google Drive (for obvious reasons) and is the main reason I use that mechanism.

There will be other scenarios where disabling OneDrive is a good idea. For example, you may be working under a company policy where cloud storage is prevented. In this case, the Group Policy may be centrally administered, or something you apply on a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ computer to avoid the temptation.

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  • David Cooney

    Onedrive has deleted all the files on my hard drive three times now. This morning I actually watched the files being deleted. By the time I exited Onedrive, it had deposited 102,770 files into the recycle bin. Undelete has been running for five hours now. Hope the files will be restored by the morning. As a long time Microsoft user, FUCK ONEDRIVE. Third time was the last straw. 6 months ago I thougjt it wss the greatest. I will never touch that piece of crap again. How dare Microsoft delete files from my hard drive. I sent them an email. Let’s see if they have the balls to respond.