How to Uninstall and Reinstall OneDrive in Windows 10?

OneDrive desktop application is a built-in component in Windows 10. Users who rely on a third-party cloud storage service such as Dropbox or Google Drive, usually uninstall the OneDrive desktop app or prevent it from loading at startup using Task Manager or disable OneDrive using Group Policy Editor or the equivalent registry-based setting.

Since the beginning of Windows 10, uninstalling OneDrive desktop client required running OneDriveSetup.exe in the Windows\SysWOW64 directory (Windows x64) or Windows\System32 (Windows x86), with the /uninstall switch.

Now, you can uninstall OneDrive from the Apps & Features Settings page or via Programs and Features in the Control Panel. [via GHacks]

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The “Uninstall” option and the corresponding registry entry may have been added by OneDrive version 17.3.6720.1207. The related registry entry is here:



HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\OneDriveSetup.exe

And the UninstallString points to the following file:

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\17.3.6720.1207\OneDriveSetup.exe

Of course, the version number in the UninstallString will change for subsequent OneDrive client updates.

Before uninstalling OneDrive, you may want to backup the file first. If you later decide to reinstall OneDrive, run OneDriveSetup.exe and follow the onscreen instructions. In some systems there is an additional copy of the file left in the following directory:

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\Update\OneDriveSetup.exe

If the file doesn’t exist in the above location, run OneDriveSetup.exe located at the Windows\SysWOW64 or Windows\System32 directory. This setup package may not be the latest one, but it downloads the current version installer from Microsoft’s servers on demand, and runs it.

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