Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has chosen to install OneDrive on all of its versions of the operating system. The application is not necessarily active as standard, but it is present by default in the OS, whatever happens. But maybe you have no use for it? Here's how to turn it off, or even delete it entirely if it really bothers you.
onedrive, the cloud storage and synchronization application, is present in each edition of Windows 10. The service allows you to store all kinds of files on Microsoft's servers. Only you have access to it, unless you share it with your contacts. You can retrieve them at any time, from any device, as long as the OneDrive app has been developed there.
The big advantage lies in the fact that all the data that you save in the various directories of your hard drive, and which are dedicated to OneDrive, are instantly synchronized with your Cloud, so that you have a connection. And since Microsoft offers all of its users 5 GB free space on the Cloud, it's pretty practical.
Why want to delete OneDrive?
There are several reasons, however, why you should disable Windows 10. First, you don't find any utility there. You may already have your own online storage solution, like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. In this case, it is certain that OneDrive acts as a duplicate. Second scenario: you fear for the security of your data and do not want to hear about any cloud service, even if Microsoft ensures that it does not analyze anything and secures all your files using a safe. It is understandable then to want to completely get rid of the Microsoft application and to keep no trace of it on the PC. The last reason, which may cause you to disable OneDrive, may be related to your configuration. The application runs in the background and synchronizes with the Cloud permanently at the slightest change that you make your files locally. OneDrive can therefore ruin the performance of a small machine, we are already washing it.
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How to prevent OneDrive from starting each launch of Windows 10?
This option is quite simple. If it does not delete the application, it has the merit of putting it on hold. Handy if you don't have a lot of time to spend the operation. Therefore, the launch of OneDrive will be manual, which can also be a good alternative for those who wish to use the application on demand.
To do this, click on the menu Dmarrer and go to the module settings. Then click on applications and select the function Booting. Scroll down the list of applications to find Microsoft OneDrive. Set it to disable and voila.
How to remove OneDrive from Windows 10?
Again, it's quite simple: go to the menu Dmarrer, then click settings. Finally head over Applications and features. Scroll down the list of applications installed on your PC, and the height of the Microsoft OneDrive function, click on Uninstall. Note that, for refractory to the module settings Windows 10, it is also possible to go through the Control Panel via the option programs > Uninstall a program.
OneDrive is now uninstalled from the system. However, you still have access to the backup directory from Windows Explorer.
If the uninstall doesn't work (we did on one of our test PCs), you can still force it through a series of command lines. Click the help of the button on the Windows button in the taskbar, then go to Windows PowerShell (admin) Or on Command Prompt (admin), depending on the version of Windows 10 you have. In the window that opens, enter the following command lines:
- taskkill / f / im OneDrive.exe
- % SystemRoot% SysWOW64 OneDriveSetup.exe / uninstall(in 32 bits)
- % SystemRoot% System32 OneDriveSetup.exe / uninstall(in 64 bits)
How to reinstall OneDrive on Windows 10?
If you want to put OneDrive back in place, there are two solutions. You can reinstall it directly from the Microsoft Store. It is the simplest and fastest option.
But you can also appeal to command lines, by proceeding as above (right click on the Start menu, then launch of Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt options, all in admin mode):
- % SystemRoot% System32 OneDriveSetup.exe(in 32 bits)
- % SystemRoot% SysWOW64 OneDriveSetup.exe(in 64 bits)