How to Enable or Disable OneDrive in Windows 10

This is an additional feature in Windows 10 and most people find it very handy.  Basically, OneDrive is a free online storage that comes with your Microsoft Account. It plays a role of an extra hard drive that is available from any of the devices you use. You no longer need to carry USB flash drives with you because you can get to your files in OneDrive.

The Method for Enabling and Disabling OneDrive Integration: Local Group Policy Editor

The following steps will show you how to enable or disable OneDrive integration.

Note: This is an advanced system setting, it can cause Windows 10 to malfunction if not handled with care.

Type “gpedit” in the search box in the task-bar. Then click on the “Edit Group Policy” entry

For Shortcut press, the Windows Key + R altogether to open Run Command Window.

Type “gpedit.msc” and click OK.

Click on “Administrative Template” appeared on left of your screen. Which is a subfolder under ‘Computer Configuration’.

Open “Windows Components” folder by clicking it.

Double-click on OneDrive folder to open it.

Double-click on Prevent the Usage of OneDrive for File Storage to open options available.

Following Options will be available. Click on “Enable” or “Disable” for enabling and disabling respectively. Click “OK” to save your settings.

As “Not Configured is a default setting” and that’s all as we are done with enabling OneDrive. Now let’s see what difference it will create if OneDrive is disabled.

With OneDrive disabled, one cannot open OneDrive application.

  • One cannot automatically upload photos and videos from the camera roll.
  • OneDrive files won’t be able to keep in sync with the cloud.
  • OneDrive will no longer appear in the navigation pane in the File Explorer for the user.
  • OneDrive application won’t run at startup for all users.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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