Disable OneDrive (SkyDrive) integration in Windows 8.1

If you have installed Windows 8.1, you will notice that the upgrade comes with deep SkyDrive or OneDrive 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 OneDrive 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.

run dialog Disable OneDrive (SkyDrive) integration in Windows 8.1

From the Local Group Policy Editor that shows up, navigate to the following path:

Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\SkyDrive

Local Group Policy editor Disable OneDrive (SkyDrive) integration in Windows 8.1

Then double-click on Prevent the usage of SkyDrive for file storage policy setting. Select Enabled and click Apply/OK.

enable option Disable OneDrive (SkyDrive) integration in Windows 8.1

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:

  1. Inability to upload photos and videos from the camera roll folder.
  2. Users inability to access SkyDrive from the SkyDrive app and file picker.
  3. 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:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Skydrive

Create a new DWORD and name it DisableFileSync. Give it value 1 to disable OneDrive. To enable OneDrive, delete or give it value data 0.

Hope this helps!

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • mattbiondi

    Thanks. I had to disable, because there are not configurations like folder, Microsoft account, etc.

  • UzUrBrain

    gpedit,msc is NOT on my version of Windows 8, now what?

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    If your version of Windows does not include GPEDIT, you may use the Registry tweak. The post has been updated. :)

  • Joe

    Cant find this location in my windows 8.1 home??

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    You will have to create a new one.

  • Darrell Duane

    Thanks Anand, it’d be helpful if you put those notes about using regedit.exe right after the sentence: Press Win+R in combination to bring up the ‘Run’ dialog box. In it, type gpedit.msc, and hit Enter.
    Also, I found that it didn’t work to use Win+R ‘cos it doesn’t allow me to run regedit.exe as an administrator, which is needed to edit the registry. Instead, I had to use file explorer to search for regedit.exe, then right click on regedit.exe and select “Run as Administrator” so that I could add the new key.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Ok Darrell – making a few changes in the post. Thanks. :)

  • 48Bill

    Excellent thread.
    Why is MS forcing cloud use now? This should be a user choice/option. They’re risking big customer loss, for very little to gain.
    There should be an App to toggle skydive on and off.

  • 48Bill

    So all your files are backed up, but no organization structure to help find things? WOW!!

  • http://fusion.dominicwatson.co.uk/ Dominic Watson

    Thanks for the post – SkyDrive disabled in one quick regedit :)

  • TheBastard

    Now it’s been renamed to OneDrive.

  • Willie Sutton

    MicroSoft is risking civil and criminal liability should this level of integration cause a data breech. Any decent lawyer can shred their license and terms of service if the damage is severe enough. Especially if National Security is breached; they face the Patriot Act.

  • Mark Smith

    LOL Tin Foil Hat !!

  • microsoft=Greedy

    for me HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsSkydrive did not exist. everything up to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows was there.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Create the key. It is mentioned in the post. :)

  • Vallex Koten

    My laptop does not have Group Policies Editor, so I am trying the Registry, but there is no folder for Skydrive.

  • Me

    No it’s now.

  • bernici

    Yes this was amazing. Skydrive Onedrive is useless to me. Awesome guide.

  • Fastsloth69

    There was no group editor went with the rgedit method but there is no folder for skydrive. ……Policies/Microsoft/Windows/Skydrive?

  • robtf

    Same problem i don’t have a skydrive folder but Onedrive sync engine still active and solwing down my system. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows????????? no option here. I have windows home premium 8.1. Help please i hate this onedrive app. Sync is off, everything related off but every time sync engine is active my internet connection is very very slow and i have to cancel the task constantly. Thanks.

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