Friday, February 17, 2017

How to Get Rid of MicroSoft OneDrive

If you're like me, the MS OneDrive app drives you crazy.  To be clear, I'm not trying to bash MicroSoft here.  I enjoy a lot of their products.  But I often work in remote bush camps and areas without internet, which makes OneDrive (and similar apps from competing companies) really annoying for me.

When I first decided to uninstall OneDrive, I found out that it has been embedded more deeply in the Windows 10 OS than I had expected.  Here's a link to the Office Support web page that describes disabling, hiding, or uninstalling it:

The problem with the information on that page is that if you're using the Home version of Windows 8.0 or 8.1, the Group Policy editor is not available.  And almost nobody tells you that!  So tons of pages telling people how to go into gpedit and disable OneDrive will not work unless you're on the Pro version.

Moving on, I tried some suggestions from Life Hacker, at the following page:

However, my attempts at killing it through the Command Line Interface (CLI) were also a failure.  The only consolation in this case was to see the frustrated comments from other people who were also pointing out the lack of gpedit access through MMC to anyone who doesn't have the Pro version.

However, finally came to the rescue.  I found an article there which allows someone who is comfortable with editing the Registry to get rid of OneDrive.  Here's the link:

This should only be attempted if you're comfortable with computers.  It's a pretty easy fix, although you want to be careful that you don't change anything else in your Registry, as that can really mess things up and make your computer very dysfunctional.  But at long as you follow their instructions carefully, you should be fine.

Good luck!

- Jonathan Clark