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Remove OneDrive from File Explorer in Windows 10 through Group Policy Management

One of the most annoying features of Windows 10 is the forced installation and integration of Microsoft’s OneDrive software. I found this exceedingly troublesome in a corporate environment and decided to set out and solve the issue once and for all.


To get started, we’ll need to make a new OU in Group Policy Management Console named Windows 10.

Once the OU is created, we can rigth click it and select “Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here…”

Name it Remove “OneDrive from Explorer”, right click the policy and click edit. Drill down to Computer configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry. Right click and select New > Registry Item.

For Hive select HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and for Key Path enter: Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6\

Set Value name to “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree”, change Value type to REG_DWORD and Value Data to 0.

Apply the settings and close out of Group Policy. Now when users open File Explorer, the OneDrive access folder on the left side will no longer be present.


To remove the entry from a single PC just open regedit to¬†HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6\, double click¬†System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and set it’s value to 0.



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