If you’re new to Windows 10, you’ll notice a little pre-installed application on your system called OneDrive, essentially Microsoft’s own Google Drive or Dropbox. If you’re an avid Microsoft user, it’s definitely worth keeping. But, if you don’t use OneDrive, it’s sitting their on your computer taking up important system resources that could be used for something else. If you’re the latter person, we’re going to show you how to remove OneDrive from your system.
The quickest and easiest way to uninstall OneDrive is through the Command Prompt. You can also remove it through the group policy editor, but some versions of Windows don’t have access to that, such as the Home edition. With that in mind, using Command Prompt is the quickest and easiest way to do this.
The first thing you’ll need to do is click on your search bar and type in “Command Prompt.” Right click on the application, and select “run as Administrator.”
Next, we’ll want to terminate any OneDrive processes that are currently running. To do this, we’ll want to type in taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe in the command prompt and press Enter.
Now, we can completely remove OneDrive from the system. If you’re running a 32-bit version of Windows 10, type in %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall and press Enter. If you’re on a 64-bit version, you’ll want to swap out the System32 path with SysWOW64. It would look like this: %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall.
And that’s it! Microsoft OneDrive has been removed from your computer and will no longer take up any space or system resources. If you ever want to undo what you just did, you can head into the %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64 folder and run the OneDrive.exe file for resinstallation.
Did you get stuck in the process? Let us know in the comments section below or over on the PCMech Forums and we’d love to help!