Fix: ‘Set up OneDrive’ keeps popping up

By: Matthew Adams
3 minute read

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OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service that’s integrated with Windows. Thus, there’s already a OneDrive folder in File Explorer; and the cloud storage is enabled by default for some users. Consequently, a Set up OneDrive dialog window might keep popping up for some Windows users even if they don’t require the cloud storage. This is how you can ensure the Set up OneDrive dialog window does not open.

Remove OneDrive From Windows Startup

First, check if the Windows startup includes OneDrive. If so, you can disable it from there, which will probably ensure the Set up OneDrive window doesn’t pop up again. You can remove Microsoft OneDrive from the Windows startup software as follows.

  • First, you should right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager to open the window in the snapshot below.

  • Select the Start-up tab on that window to open a list of startup entries. That might include Microsoft OneDrive, which will have an Enabled status.
  • Select Microsoft OneDrive and press the Disable button to remove it from the startup programs.
  • If you can’t find OneDrive listed in Task Manager, it might be listed on MSConfig’s Services tab. Open Run by pressing the Win key + R hotkey, and then you can input ‘msconfig’ in the text box to open the window in the snapshot directly below.

  • Click the Services tab, which includes a list of services. Browse through the services to find Microsoft OneDrive.

  • If it’s listed there, deselect OneDrive’s check box and press the Apply button.
  • Next, click OK and press the Restart button to reboot Windows.

Uninstall OneDrive in Windows 7 and 8

If OneDrive isn’t listed on the Start-up or Services tabs, you can remove it from Windows instead. However, you can’t uninstall OneDrive via the Programs and Features window. Instead, you can switch off OneDrive via the registry as follows. Note that this registry edit doesn’t work in Windows 10.

  • Now open this key in the Registry Editor: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  • Next, you should right-click Windows and select New > Key from the context menu shown in the snapshot below. You can skip this step if there’s already a OneDrive key there.

  • Enter OneDrive as the title of the new key.
  • Next, you should right-click the new OneDrive registry key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Enter DisableFileSyncNGSC as the title for the new DWORD.
  • Now double-click DisableFileSyncNGSC to open the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value  window and enter ‘1’ in the Value data box.

  • Close the Registry Editor window and restart Windows.

Uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10

  • Windows 10 users can uninstall OneDrive with the Command Prompt. Press the Win + X hotkey and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu to open it.
  • First, input ‘taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe’ and press Enter to ensure that OneDrive isn’t running.

  • Next, enter ‘%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe/ uninstall’ and press Return if you have a 64-bit Windows system.
  • For 32-bit Windows, input ‘%SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall’ in the Command Prompt instead.

Now you’ve effectively removed OneDrive from the startup programs or Windows, the cloud storage’s dialog window will not pop up again. Remember that it might not be that easy to restore OneDrive in Windows, so only remove it with Command Prompt if you’re sure you’ll never need it. Note that you can also disable OneDrive with the Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise.

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