As mentioned in one of our posts a couple of weeks back, Windows 10 comes with a very high volume of bloatware. You can get rid of some of these apps and services using shell commands, but some of them are just too deeply integrated to let users remove them with ease. Windows 10 might come with the vision of integrating OneDrive into the daily routine of its users, but for now a lot of us just haven’t started relying on cloud storage, or are using other competitors like Dropbox. If this is the case, you might want to remove OneDrive completely from Windows 10. Doing so isn’t really straightforward, as there is no default option to simply disable OneDrive.
As you might expect, owners of Windows 10 Home edition cannot remove OneDrive from their systems. This is identical to limitations we have previously discussed in our post about bloatware removal in Windows 10. If you have a Pro edition of the OS though, here is what needs to be done.
Remove OneDrive Completely From Your System
- Open the search function in the Start menu, and type ‘CMD’.
- Right-click the command prompt entry in the search results, and choose to run it as administrator. You don’t need to go out of your way to do this, as long as you are not signed in from a guest account on your machine.
- Before actually trying to remove OneDrive, users must terminate all ongoing processes of the service to avoid unexpected results. To do so, type in the following command, before pressing Enter;
taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe
- Once the previous command has been executed successfully and the prompt becomes ready to accept more input, it is time to actually remove OneDrive from your computer. Run the below command to achieve this;
The above method assumes that you are running a 64-bit system, and 32-bit users will have to run the following command in step 4;
The entire process is pretty safe, as you get to retain all the files synced with OneDrive previously. Also, you can always reinstall OneDrive simply by running the OneDrive EXE file from your computer’s Program Files.