Turn Off and Remove OneDrive Sync Data in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 comes deeply integrated with Microsoft’s own cloud service – SkyDrive or OneDrive. One of the many benefits of signing in to your PC with a Microsoft account is that you can sync settings between any PCs you use that are also running Windows 8.1. When you sign in with a Microsoft account, your PC is connected to Microsoft servers online. This implies all your personal settings and preferences are stored in OneDrive, and are synced to any PC that you sign in to. Although good, sometimes you may feel the need to keep some of your personal settings more private and turn off syncing entirely and remove the SkyDrive sync data.

Here’s a short tutorial that will show you how to remove OneDrive Sync Data in Windows 8.1.

Remove OneDrive Sync Data in Windows 8.1

Turn Off Sync Data option in OneDrive

Go to Settings >Change PC Settings and choose OneDrive (earlier called SkyDrive).

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You will find Sync Settings option. Click the option. In the right pane scroll down and change the SkyDrive syncing options to your other Windows 8.1 devices. Settings that can be synced include:

  • Personalization
  • Apps and App Data
  • Web Browser favorites
  • History
  • Settings
  • Back Up settings and others.

Remove Sync Data in OneDrive

If you would like to remove complete sync data you can. Just visit Windows 8 OneDrive Personal Settings Privacy page. Here, sign in with your Microsoft account. You will notice information from Microsoft on how to turn off syncing on each Windows 8.1 PC. Simply hit the ‘Remove’ button. Confirm your action before proceeding any further.

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Delete Backed Up Device Settings

An additional step is required here for deleting the backed up device settings. Go to OneDrive website, login using your Microsoft account information. Navigate to ‘Options’. Under it, select Device Settings.

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Delete the devices you want.

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That’s it! You have removed Sync Data feature from OneDrive in Windows 8.1.

Go here if you want to completely disable SkyDrive integration in Windows 8.1 using Group Policy or Registry Editor.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. 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.