It appears you cannot uninstall OneDrive on Windows 11

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  • Some users are having trouble uninstalling OneDrive on their PCs as it keeps coming back.
  • A security notification pops up to notify them of a virus and threat protection.
  • OneDrive is one of the alternatives to cloud backup for files.
Install OneDrive

If you are looking to start fresh or try another cloud backup option, you may be surprised to discover that OneDrive cannot be uninstalled. 

Trying to remove OneDrive on a Windows 11 computer has actually been impossible for some time now. 

This means that those who are using OneDrive will have an extra application running on their computer even after they have decided they do not wish to use it anymore.

Does OneDrive come pre-installed in Windows 11?

OneDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft that comes pre-installed on every Windows operating system. 

This means that the OneDrive folder is created automatically on your hard drive and the Windows operating system will synchronize files you put there with its servers.

OneDrive will not uninstall on Windows 11

Some users prefer other third-party storage services and prefer to uninstall OneDrive. Although you can remove or disable OneDrive on Windows 11, users have recently taken to forums to express their frustration over the inability to get rid of the application.

According to the users, they are ht with a security notification whenever they try to uninstall the app, and later on, the app is reinstalled.

Judging from the comments on a Reddit thread, a lot of users are experiencing the same problem and it is quite annoying:

If you’re using OneDrive for file storage and backup, you most likely have it installed on your Windows 11 computer. 

It is advisable to always have a dedicated app for regular backups but OneDrive is not everyone’s cup of tea. There’s a chance that you might consider removing this application because you don’t use it anymore. 

If you are on the lookout for reliable antivirus and backup options for your data, rest assured that we have some really great suggestions.

Have you tried uninstalling OneDrive lately or come across a similar problem? Let us know what tips and tricks you employed in the comments section below.

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