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Windows 10 – File Explorer One Drive tuning options

Tuning tips for the Windows 10 OneDrive availability settings in File Explorer, are shared in this ZDNET article

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-tip-shut-down-onedrive-completely/

Windows 10 and OneDrive are sewn together tightly. So tightly, in fact, that OneDrive gets its own node in File Explorer, and the OneDrive sync client runs automatically at startup. You don’t have to use OneDrive’s cloud storage. Maybe you prefer a cloud service from another provider, or perhaps you’re philosophically opposed to storing files in the cloud. Regardless of the reason, if you don’t want to use OneDrive, you are free to ignore it.

When the sync client pops up asking you to sign in, just click Cancel. You can then change the OneDrive settings so that it doesn’t run automatically at startup.

That option does, however, leave the OneDrive icon in the navigation pane of File Explorer. To make it disappear, you need to make a simple registry edit. In Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can use Group Policy to make this change. Open Local Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc) and go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive. Double-click the policy Prevent The Usage Of OneDrive For File Storage and set it to Enabled.

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