Remove shaded SkyDrive Pro context menu item

If you have installed Office 2013 on Windows 8, you may have seen  a grayed out SkyDrive Pro context menu item, when you right-click on any file or folder. If you do not use SharePoint, then this context menu item is of no use to you.  If you wish you can remove this SkyDrive Pro context menu item, by hacking the Windows Registry.

SkyDrive Pro is part of both the SharePoint service in Office 365 and server. SkyDrive Pro makes it easy it to work with your documents in SharePoint. With this, operations like save, sync, share and collaborate are simplified.

Remove SkyDrive Pro context menu item

To remove this SkyDrive Pro context menu item, you may use Context Menu Editors or do it via the Registry Editor. To hack the registry, open Regedit and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shell

Click on shell and in right pane you will see SPFS.ContextMenu. Right click on it and select Delete to delete the key.

The SkyDrive Pro entry will now, no longer appear in your right-click context menu.

Microsoft has also released a fix to address this issue.

When you right-click any folder or file on a computer that has SkyDrive Pro installed, the context-menu entry of SkyDrive Pro is displayed as shaded and is not clickable. This entry should not be displayed.

Moreover, if when you start the context-menu of SkyDrive Pro, it takes about 10 seconds longer than expected for the context-menu to appear, then this update will fix this issue too – apart from several other SkyDrive Pro issues and errors.

Download the update from KB2810019 and apply it.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.