Removing OneDrive and adding it back again

So after going through the process of a formal uninstall of OneDrive you’re finding that reminants are still hanging around? Unfortunately you’ll need to take a few more steps. Open up regedit and navigate to:


Then change the registry key of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree 0

Launch ‘powershell’ as administrator and run the following commands:

reg add “HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\{4E1D9EA4-6D17-4D12-B3B3-F17184441B41}Machine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive” /t REG_DWORD /v DisableFileSyncNGSC /d 1 /f

reg add “HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run” /t REG_BINARY /v OneDrive /d 0300000021B9DEB396D7D001 /f

Reboot and you’ll find that OneDrive neither loads nor has any presence in the side bar of the Explorer file manager.

Side note: I find it funny that Microsoft Edge was modeled as the super modern efficient browser and yet it is horrifically unresponsive when playing a Netflix movie or when multi-tabs are open (it isn’t unusual for me to have 10-15 tabs in the background open with Google Play Music playing in the background along side Google Blogger and Gmail.

That being said, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with that rumoured Polaris that promises to be legacy free or at least semi-legacy free which makes for interesting questions regarding the future of third party software like the Chrome browser and the integration between Google services and the software running on the end users computer. If the end result is Polaris then it’ll definitely make deciding what to purchase in the future a whole lot easier – Pixel Book on the laptop and HP Chrome Box G2 on the desktop (along side Pixel 2 for the smart phone, Google Wifi and nVidia Shield set top box).

These days, apart from Affinity Designer and Photo, everything I do runs in a browser – I use Google Docs for all my documents, Google Play Music is all done via the web browser, my I write my blog in the web browser, update my twitter feed in the browser so at this point Windows is merely a means to an end – you can swap out the underlying operating system and my life would carry on as usual which makes ChromeOS a greater possibility in the future. Then add to that the improved Android capabilities with ChromeOS the gap is closing quickly with ‘good enough’ software. Keeping in mind that the world doesn’t run on the best but software that tends to be good enough at the right price and Google appears to be hitting that spot with what they’re doing.

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