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Remove OneDrive from the Explorer Side Panel in Windows 10

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  • With all due respect to Microsoft, I do not wish to have OneDrive appear in the File Explorer side panel. Is there an easy way to do this?

    The advice given for accomplishing this in Windows 8.1 does not apply because the registry key

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}\ShellFolder

    does not exist; and where the Class ID {8E74D236 ... does exist the ShellFolder subkey is empty.
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:58 PM

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  • I gladly credit the My Digital Life forum for this solution. See Tutorial to Disable OneDrive in the Explorer Folder Tree. (I'm not allowed to post the link.)

    Open the Windows registry editor and navigate to:

    {HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

    In the subkey System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree change the DWORD from 1 to 0.

    I found that I also had to do this at:

    {HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

    This solution works on my install of build 9926 and it survives a reboot.

    The GUID {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} belongs to OneDrive. This CLSID is new to Windows 10.

    Saturday, January 31, 2015 5:52 AM

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  • Hi,

    I'm afraid there is no method to remove OneDrive untill now. Is there any problem you need to remove OneDrive?


    Roger Lu
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:39 AM
    Moderator
  • Not necessarily a "problem" with OneDrive, except there are instances where administrators don't want end-users utilizing OneDrive.  For example, I work in an area governed by HIPAA and other regulations and users utilizing OneDrive would/could be a violation of these regulations.  It this case, it would be best to eliminate the OneDrive option completely.
    Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:54 PM
  • Hi,

    Based on my research, the policy which used to disable OneDrive doesn't work for Windows 10 Technical Preview 9926.

    Local Computer Policy\Computer Configuration\Administrative Template\Windows Componments\OneDrive\Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage

    You can submit this issue to Windows Feedback.

    A workaround method you can have a try is choose disable OneDrive during system configuration after installed.


    Roger Lu
    TechNet Community Support


    Friday, January 30, 2015 2:45 AM
    Moderator
  • I gladly credit the My Digital Life forum for this solution. See Tutorial to Disable OneDrive in the Explorer Folder Tree. (I'm not allowed to post the link.)

    Open the Windows registry editor and navigate to:

    {HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

    In the subkey System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree change the DWORD from 1 to 0.

    I found that I also had to do this at:

    {HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

    This solution works on my install of build 9926 and it survives a reboot.

    The GUID {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} belongs to OneDrive. This CLSID is new to Windows 10.

    Saturday, January 31, 2015 5:52 AM
  • "Is there any problem you need to remove OneDrive?"

    Yea One Drive is part of Big Brother, Microsoft.

    Sunday, March 15, 2015 11:20 PM
  • The Onedrive ?, Final build for enterprise corp, or any user. users will not have a Microsoft Account, they will use a local account, using local account Onedrive will not show under file explorer.
    Monday, March 16, 2015 12:15 AM
  • I'm with others here, Microsoft, because I don't want OneDrive wasting my CPU cycles and I have no interest in living in the Clouds of acid rain.

    Excellent find, Bulldog25, and just to add some detail to this solution, I would recommend searching for the correct UUID under the short list of folder descriptions found in this key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions

    You'll find that UUID in these folder descriptions with "Name" of "OneDrive", "RelativePath" of "OneDrive" and a "ParsingName" with a value of "shell:::{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}".

    For me, that folder description key is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A52BBA46-E9E1-435f-B3D9-28DAA648C0F6}


    • Edited by Nanovox Monday, March 16, 2015 1:34 AM Wanted to add some additional discussion.
    Monday, March 16, 2015 1:30 AM
  • I gladly credit the My Digital Life forum for this solution. See Tutorial to Disable OneDrive in the Explorer Folder Tree. (I'm not allowed to post the link.)

    Open the Windows registry editor and navigate to:

    {HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

    In the subkey System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree change the DWORD from 1 to 0.

    I found that I also had to do this at:

    {HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}.

    This solution works on my install of build 9926 and it survives a reboot.

    The GUID {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} belongs to OneDrive. This CLSID is new to Windows 10.

    Thanks! workded like a charm for me, same build as yours, I couldn't find My Digital Life post but thanks to you  I solved the issue, I don't use and don't like One Drive just because it isn't optional at all... 
    Sunday, March 29, 2015 6:41 PM
  • "Is there any problem you need to remove OneDrive?"

    Yea One Drive is part of Big Brother, Microsoft.

    It is no optional at all, I have the right to decide if I want to use it or not, and no, I don't want it nor it showing up in my windows explorer left pane
    Sunday, March 29, 2015 6:46 PM
  • "Is there any problem you need to remove OneDrive?"

    Yea One Drive is part of Big Brother, Microsoft.

    It is no optional at all, I have the right to decide if I want to use it or not, and no, I don't want it nor it showing up in my windows explorer left pane

    This app/service and the handful of other 'apps' like News, Camera, Weather, Skype, and of course the Store that are uninstallable is probably not boding well for someone who just wants a functional OS.

    Why do I need to spend hours searching through the registry to customize my OS, what's funny is you bet your butt that Windows Media Player is uninstallable but Music isn't? Didn't Microsoft have some issues previously hard-bundling applications like this? It's like no one remembers the EU decision.

    "Microsoft will have to begin offering versions of Windows without Windows Media Player built-in, according to a ruling handed down today by the President of the European Union Court of First Instance" -arstechnica Dec 22, 2004


    • Edited by SQLSlacker Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:17 PM
    Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:16 PM
  • I hope this is useful for everyone: How to Uninstall OneDrive completely in Windows 10
    Sunday, April 19, 2015 1:21 AM
  • I hope this is useful for everyone: How to Uninstall OneDrive completely in Windows 10
    The uninstaller works on 10049 as well.
    Sunday, April 19, 2015 2:03 AM
  • Yes, thank you MELERIX for the very useful uninstaller!  Works like a champ.

    This is the goal, and it IS achievable...


    Detailed how-to in my eBooks:  

    Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options
    Configure The Windows 8 "To Work" Options



    Sunday, April 26, 2015 4:31 PM
  • Ok so i tried setting the pinned to 0 at all of the locations with {

    however this did not work and i found this

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

    in here there was a key with a string named onedrive, just in case i exported the key, however after deleting it and, restarting explorer.exe it did seem to work

    =D hope it works your you guys

    Monday, June 1, 2015 6:46 PM