Microsoft OneDrive is a great cloud storage service, but not everyone is into it. Some people use Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Storage, and many others.
So if you belong to those people who have no use for Microsoft’s cloud storage service but currently using Windows device, then here in this post we will teach you how to remove or disable OneDrive from your computer. There are 3 methods which you may follow, first check out each and then you can go with the method you like the most. So let’s get started.
How to Remove or Disable OneDrive from Windows
If you are on an updated Windows version (Most probably Windows 10), this step-by-step guide should be right for you. Microsoft has made it easier for its users to control some of its Windows’ features. And this method should be comprehensive and straightforward for you to understand.
Method 1: Switch to Local Account
If you have no reason to use a Microsoft account on your Windows PC or laptop, I suggest that you use a local account. If you have already created and activated your PC with Microsoft account, we will teach you how to create a local account on your Windows machine.
- On your primary desktop, point your mouse to the Start menu icon on the leftmost bottom of your screen.
- On the Start icon, right-click to show a list of Windows services. Among those services, you will find the Control Panel. If it is not there, type on the Search service the Control Panel.
- Click on the Control Panel to open the All Control Panel Items.
- Somewhere at the bottom, you will find the User Accounts. Click on it to go to the next window.
- Find the Manage Account button and click on it.
- Click on the Add a new user in PC settings.
- On the PC Setting window, click on Add an Account.
- On the next window, click on the Sign in without a Microsoft account.
- Then click on Local Account.
- Type a username then click Next.
- Finally, click Finish to create the new local account.
- Close the PC Settings app and the Manage Accounts window.
- Now press the Windows button on your keyboard.
- Click on the current account icon on the top right corner of the screen.
- Choose Sign Out.
- On the next screen, choose the username for the new local account.
- That’s it. Since it is a local account, the OneDrive will not work as it has no reason to synchronize any local file to the cloud.
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- From your primary desktop, go to Notification area on your Taskbar.
- Click to see the active applications, and you should see the OneDrive icon there. If it is not there, then OneDrive is not anymore active on your Windows PC.
- Assuming that the OneDrive (cloud) icon is there, right-click on it to show a list of things that you can do with OneDrive.
- Click on the Settings button.
- A Microsoft window will appear on your desktop, click on the Account tab.
- Now click on the Unlink this PC button.
- A prompt window will ask you for confirmation. Just click Unlink Account.
- A new window will show up and will ask you to enter a new email for OneDrive. Close that window and you are done.
Method 3: Uninstall OneDrive
- Using your mouse, point it to the search service of the Windows system or right-click on the Start menu icon.
- Find Run or Search service.
- Type in Control Panel or Programs. You should see Control Panel or Program Files service. You may choose whichever works. For Windows 8 and 8.1 users, the Control Panel should be right.
- Click Programs and Features.
- A list of installed programs will appear, find the OneDrive.
- Right-click on the OneDrive and click Uninstall.
- Confirm, and after a few seconds, the app should be removed entirely from the system.
Reasons for Getting Rid of OneDrive
The following are 3 really good reason to disable, delete or turn off OneDrive on your PC.
- There are other benefits as well when you remove OneDrive from your computer. The fact that the cloud service uses internet bandwidth in the background is one good reason. This matters especially when you are on a limited or allocated data plan. Having unwanted and unnecessary service consuming your data is a hassle.
- Another good reason is that OneDrive also consumes system resources. When the app starts syncing files from your computer to the cloud, it uses some CPU power and RAM. So if you are in the middle of something like playing games, that extra power and performance could have helped a lot in gaining victory with your gameplay.
- And speaking of system resources, OneDrive also runs at startup. That means, your boot up time could improve a little more if you uninstall or disable it.
Those three methods should be easy enough for you to follow. If done right, you will not have to deal with OneDrive ever again. You will have less app to consume your limited bandwidth, and you will have a bit more processing power for those crucial tasks. And then there go a second or couple fewer seconds of booting time.
If you ever get a change of heart and want to reinstall OneDrive, the procedure should be easy. Just go to this link and download a copy of the OneDrive installer.
For those of you who want Microsoft’s cloud service gone, why don’t you like it? What makes you choose other cloud services than the OneDrive? Tell us what you think in the comment section. We would love to know what you think.
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