Disable OneDrive integration in Windows 10/8.1

If you have installed Windows 10/8.1, 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 to 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 OneDrive Sync Data in Windows 10/8.1, 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 10/8.1

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

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

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

enable option

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:


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!

See this post if you want to completely uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10 and this one if you receive This device has been removed from OneDrive message.

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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.