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# 252922 17-Jul-2019 10:24
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Hi

 

I have a new laptop and OneDrive keeps starting and uploading files.  I don't want it, can I disable or remove it without adversely affecting the laptop?

 

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  # 2278181 17-Jul-2019 10:44
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Yes.. Buy obviously none of your files that it's backing up will be backed up any longer.

 

 


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  # 2278230 17-Jul-2019 12:06
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Are you logged in using a Microsoft account? The OneDrive storage is tied to that, essentially so you can access all your files from whichever computer your Microsoft account is logged in on. I find it painful too, I don't need every 4-5GB special-purpose download to be immediately uploaded to OneDrive, thanks very much.

 

The alternative is to log in to a local account, you can create one of those from the old Control Panel. Then disable OneDrive in the Startup menu.





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  # 2278272 17-Jul-2019 13:24
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silverbirch: I have a new laptop and OneDrive keeps starting and uploading files.  I don't want it, can I disable or remove it without adversely affecting the laptop?

Yes you can uninstall OneDrive like any other program if you don't want to use it at all.

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  # 2278273 17-Jul-2019 13:26
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I've got it disabled on my laptop with no issues for me (I use other services to keep my files in the cloud).

 

It's easy enough to disable by launching Task Manager (Right click the Taskbar), going to the Startup Tab and finding Microsoft OneDrive on the list and clicking the Disable Button.

 

This will stop it launching on startup/login of the current user. If you have more then 1 user on the computer you want to disable it for, your need to redo this for each user.


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  # 2278274 17-Jul-2019 13:28
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Another alternative is to change the folders that are being synchronised.

 

By default OneDrive copies all the default folders for user files (Documents, Music, Videos, etc.) on the volume that OneDrive is installed but you can ignore those files entirely or include other volumes.

 

https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-select-onedrive-folders-sync

 

https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/Back-up-your-Documents-Pictures-and-Desktop-folders-with-OneDrive-d61a7930-a6fb-4b95-b28a-6552e77c3057

 

I used to have OneDrive backup a "OneDrive Copy" folder that I had created. I manually copied files from the default locations using FreeFileSync. This meant that no live files (the files I was actually working on) were ever synchronised by OneDrive.


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  # 2278289 17-Jul-2019 13:49
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1024kb:

 

Are you logged in using a Microsoft account? The OneDrive storage is tied to that, essentially so you can access all your files from whichever computer your Microsoft account is logged in on. I find it painful too, I don't need every 4-5GB special-purpose download to be immediately uploaded to OneDrive, thanks very much.

 

The alternative is to log in to a local account, you can create one of those from the old Control Panel. Then disable OneDrive in the Startup menu.

 

 

don't save your files into a OneDrive synced location if you don't want them to upload

 

Clearly there are benefits to having files synched to the cloud and available on your other device endpoints.


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  # 2278296 17-Jul-2019 13:58
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Clearly there are. If you have more than one device & if they're not network connected and if you have an unlimited fast internet plan at each venue and if you need all data files available on all machines.

Otherwise the OneDrive default can be unnecessary. Changing the defaults is not a well-documented procedure.




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  # 2278558 17-Jul-2019 18:45
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Thanks everyone.

 

 

 

I have uninstalled, as back my photos up on two external drives.





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  # 2278619 17-Jul-2019 21:47
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Hammerer:

 

Another alternative is to change the folders that are being synchronised.

 

By default OneDrive copies all the default folders for user files (Documents, Music, Videos, etc.) on the volume that OneDrive is installed but you can ignore those files entirely or include other volumes.

 

https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-select-onedrive-folders-sync

 

https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/Back-up-your-Documents-Pictures-and-Desktop-folders-with-OneDrive-d61a7930-a6fb-4b95-b28a-6552e77c3057

 

I used to have OneDrive backup a "OneDrive Copy" folder that I had created. I manually copied files from the default locations using FreeFileSync. This meant that no live files (the files I was actually working on) were ever synchronised by OneDrive.

 

 

The last sentence:  I put all my work on the D: drive of my desktop, and use Robocopy to copy what I want backed up to the OneDrive area on the desktop.  I arranged that only some of these folders, the ones I need when travelling, come down to my laptop from OneDrive--and I robocopy these to the D: drive of the laptop so I can use identical shortcuts, etc, on the laptop.  Seems to work well.





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  # 2278709 18-Jul-2019 09:40
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silverbirch:

 

Thanks everyone.
I have uninstalled, as back my photos up on two external drives.

 

 

unfortunately, MS will just re-install it eventually . Assuming you have Win10  .


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  # 2281090 22-Jul-2019 09:02
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You probably rushed through clicking Next Next Next on something to enable it to be automatically syncing things like that. You can go into OneDrive Settings>Backup>Manage Backup and remove the folders in there, alternatively you can manually restore the Windows default locations for Desktop, Documents and Pictures etc that are currently in your OneDrive folder that gets sync'd.

 

OneDrive is a good puppy and only syncs folders that are inside of it. As 1101 so positively pointed out, OneDrive will probably come back in a feature update and get you!




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  # 2282528 23-Jul-2019 23:27
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Jogre:

 

You probably rushed through clicking Next Next Next on something to enable it to be automatically syncing things like that. You can go into OneDrive Settings>Backup>Manage Backup and remove the folders in there, alternatively you can manually restore the Windows default locations for Desktop, Documents and Pictures etc that are currently in your OneDrive folder that gets sync'd.

 

OneDrive is a good puppy and only syncs folders that are inside of it. As 1101 so positively pointed out, OneDrive will probably come back in a feature update and get you!

 

 

 

 

Yes I di ! 

 

 

 

Thanks I will check tose things out.





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  # 2283034 24-Jul-2019 19:34
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Jogre:

 

You probably rushed through clicking Next Next Next on something to enable it to be automatically syncing things like that. You can go into OneDrive Settings>Backup>Manage Backup and remove the folders in there, alternatively you can manually restore the Windows default locations for Desktop, Documents and Pictures etc that are currently in your OneDrive folder that gets sync'd.

 

OneDrive is a good puppy and only syncs folders that are inside of it. As 1101 so positively pointed out, OneDrive will probably come back in a feature update and get you!

 

 

 

 

Yes I did rush through the set up ....  thanks for the infor on how to stop it syncing.

 

 

 

And yes, it's back,  I notice the path in Lightroom is one drive ....  I tried to clear it, but Lightroom  wouldn't allow it.





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  # 2283038 24-Jul-2019 19:42
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Group Policy solves the problem of an overly-persistent OneDrive.

Hit Win key + R, type gpedit.msc, hit Enter.
Navigate to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> OneDrive.
In the right pane, double click on policy named "Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage."
Select the Enabled radio button.
Click OK, bail outta there.

That's actually a registry mod but I find it quicker & easier using Group Policy.





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  # 2283182 25-Jul-2019 08:27
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silverbirch:

 

Jogre:

 

You probably rushed through clicking Next Next Next on something to enable it to be automatically syncing things like that. You can go into OneDrive Settings>Backup>Manage Backup and remove the folders in there, alternatively you can manually restore the Windows default locations for Desktop, Documents and Pictures etc that are currently in your OneDrive folder that gets sync'd.

 

OneDrive is a good puppy and only syncs folders that are inside of it. As 1101 so positively pointed out, OneDrive will probably come back in a feature update and get you!

 

 

 

 

Yes I did rush through the set up ....  thanks for the infor on how to stop it syncing.

 

 

 

And yes, it's back,  I notice the path in Lightroom is one drive ....  I tried to clear it, but Lightroom  wouldn't allow it.

 

 

Might be some other things in Lightroom pointing there i.e. catalogs etc.


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