If you have installed Windows 8.1, you will notice that the upgrade comes with deep SkyDrive integration. The upgrade includes seamless File Explorer, Document Save and Camera Roll integration, just to give users a fairly quick way to save files into the cloud. Having said that, SkyDrive integration lacks configuration options. There appears no option in sight to uninstall the service, should you wish to do so.
While you can always turn off & remove SkyDrive Sync Data in Windows 8.1, if you do not use SkyDrive at all, you can disable its integration with Windows 8.1.
Follow this tutorial to learn how you can do it.
Disable SkyDrive integration in Windows 8.1
Using Group Policy Editor
Disabling the service requires access to Group Policy editor. If your version of Windows has the Group Policy Editor, press Win+R in combination to bring up the ‘Run’ dialog box. In it, type gpedit.msc, and hit Enter.
From the Local Group Policy Editor that shows up, navigate to the following path:
Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\SkyDrive
Then double-click on Prevent the usage of SkyDrive for file storage policy setting. Select Enabled and click Apply/OK.
Do note that when you enable this policy setting, you won’t be able to access your SkyDrive files from the SkyDrive app. The SkyDrive node will go away from the Explorer left navigation pane. File syncing will stop!
Furthermore, the changes applied will prevent apps and features from interacting with the Microsoft’s cloud storage service including:
- Inability to upload photos and videos from the camera roll folder.
- Users inability to access SkyDrive from the SkyDrive app and file picker.
- Inability of Windows Store apps to access SkyDrive using the WinRT API.
Should you wish to reverse the changes, simply select Not Configured. After its done, all your apps and features will start functioning again, and the SkyDrive folder will appear once again in File Explorer.
Using Registry Editor
If your version of Windows does not have the Group Policy Editor, you can use the Registry Editor to disable SkyDrive integration in Windows 8.1 Type regedit in Start Search, right-click on the result and select Run as Administrator. Now create the following key, if it does not already exist:
Create a new DWORD and name it DisableFileSync. Give it value 1 to disable SkyDrive. To enable SkyDrive, delete or give it value data 0.
Hope this helps!