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Posted on December 4th, 2013 by Darien Graham-Smith

How to remove SkyDrive from the Windows 8.1 Explorer

When it comes to lightweight laptops and compact tablets, space is often at a premium. For this reason, Microsoft has chosen to downplay local storage in favour of SkyDrive, and your libraries are no longer shown by default in the navigation pane in Explorer windows.

However, the libraries are still there, and can be easily restored to their former place: all you need to do is right-click in the pane and tick Show Libraries to restore the familiar dropdowns.
If you want to get rid of the SkyDrive dropdown, things are trickier. One way is to turn off the feature entirely by going to the PC Settings app, selecting the SkyDrive pane and disabling the “Save documents to SkyDrive by default” setting.
Annoyingly, there’s no officially supported way of hiding the dropdown from Explorer while keeping the service working, but it’s possible via a Registry hack. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t try this unless you’re comfortable making technical tweaks, and you should back up your Registry first, in case you make any mistakes.
If you’re willing to take the plunge, open regedit.exe (from the search interface or a command window) and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}\ShellFolder. In order to edit the contents of this Registry location, you’ll need to take ownership of it – right-click on the ShellFolder icon, then select Permissions | Advanced | Change, enter your own username and click OK three times to close all the open requesters. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to edit a DWORD value called Attributes. By default, its value should be set to f08004d; to hide SkyDrive, simply modify this to f09004d and restart your PC. The dropdown will no longer show up from your Explorer windows, but you still will be able to access SkyDrive via your user profile folder in C:\Users.SkyDrive1

SkyDrive1

On lightweight laptops and compact tablets, space is often at a premium. For this reason, Microsoft has chosen to downplay local storage in Windows 8.1, in favour of SkyDrive. Your libraries are no longer shown by default in the navigation pane in Explorer windows.

The libraries are still there, however, and can be easily restored to their former place: all you need to do is right-click in the pane and tick Show Libraries to restore the familiar dropdowns.

If you want to get rid of the SkyDrive dropdown, things are trickier. One approach is to go to the PC Settings app, select the SkyDrive pane and disable the “Save documents to SkyDrive by default” setting. This turns the feature off entirely, however, which may not be what you want to do.

There’s no officially supported way of hiding the dropdown from Explorer while keeping the service working, but it’s possible via a Registry hack.

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t try this unless you’re comfortable making technical tweaks, and you should back up your Registry first, in case anything goes wrong. There’s no guarantee that the tweak will work on all systems, or with future versions of Windows or SkyDrive, so be warned.

Editing the registry to hide SkyDrive

If you’re willing to take the plunge, open regedit.exe (from the search interface or a command window) and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}\ShellFolder.

SkyDrive2

In order to edit the contents of this Registry location, you’ll need to take ownership of it – right-click on the ShellFolder icon, then select Permissions | Advanced | Change, enter your own username and click OK three times to close all the open requesters.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to edit a DWORD value called Attributes. By default, its value should be set to f08004d; to hide SkyDrive, simply modify this to f09004d and restart your PC. The dropdown will no longer show up from your Explorer windows, but you still will be able to access SkyDrive via your user profile folder in C:\Users.

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27 Responses to “ How to remove SkyDrive from the Windows 8.1 Explorer ”

  1. AnonnyMuss Says:
    December 4th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Why get rid of Skydrive from explorer, it is a great feature?

    You can just ignore it if you don’t want to use it?

     
  2. Peter Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Seems a tad extreme, you do know you can just minimise it so that it just shows ‘Skydrive’ don’t you?

     
  3. jackie t Says:
    December 5th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    What have they done?????
    I no longer have a useable pc!

     
  4. David G Says:
    December 7th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Related to this, why as SkyDrive is so ‘all-powerful’ remove the ability to connect to my Windows 8.1 PC from SkyDrive, which was such a useful feature in Windows 8?

     
  5. Richard Says:
    December 18th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    What gives? If you are happy with the Skydrive fine, but if you have no use for it and find it to be useless clutter the account above is for you. Why are some people so against choice or are they MS plants? I am unlikely to use Windows 8 unless it is less obviously trying to sell junk like apps (apes?). I have no use at all for a tablet. I have even less use for Skydrive so ‘could’ find the article useful to be able to remove the clutter.

     
  6. Dave W Says:
    December 20th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    This seems like a handy little hack, I haven’t fully tested it but initially it looks spanky. For some people using SkyDrive to store certain types of data violates local laws. In Canada, Identity and Privacy regulations prohibit storing information anywhere that could be subject to the US PATRIOT Act. Removing SkyDrive removes the possibility an accident could be made

     
  7. Mart Says:
    December 21st, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    We want to get rid of Skydrive on the File Explorer, cause it makes us loosing time: When you save a file you are editing like a Word file, Windows 8.1 forces the Explorer to choose skydrive (for Microsoft’s bad manners like this, some hate the whole skydrive or other). To access the default PC folders that we were used to save to the PC as favourites, now we have to do extra steps. It is “just” about two to ten seconds more but we do this very frequently. New versions are expected to help us reduce time among other things, 8.1 makes us losing time by forcing us to save to skydrive. Obviously they have interests in us saving there, and it could be useful in some cases, but not for many others.

     
  8. SkyDriveFail Says:
    December 29th, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Microsoft actively scans your SkyDrive files, and if it sees content it does not like, all your data will be seized and your Live account will be suspended. Removing SkyDrive is therefore mandatory.

    http://www.onlinefilestorage.com/this-is-why-i-wont-use-microsoft-skydrive-1725

     
  9. Jim Says:
    January 27th, 2014 at 12:05 am

    It’s clear from the comments that most of your readers don’t understand what this hack does. It doesn’t remove SkyDrive, it just hides the navigation shortcut. The shortcut is an annoyance for me, in that navigation panel will always zoom to the SkyDrive droplist when I want to be looking at my Favorites list instead. Skydrive continues to work as normal, otherwise.

     
  10. Jim Says:
    January 27th, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I’ve followed the instructions, however, and it’s not working for me. I have a Surface running the most recent updates. Do you happen to know if the hack has been disabled since the article was posted? Thank you.

     
  11. Vova Says:
    February 16th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I`ve entered my own username in Permissions | Advanced | Change. But have Error Editing Value “Cannot edit Attributes: Error writing the value`s new contents.”

     
  12. Vova Says:
    February 16th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Solved, in Permissionf for ShellFolder Administrators ticked Full Control

     
  13. caude Says:
    February 17th, 2014 at 7:31 am

    http://www.howtogeek.com/167058/how-to-disable-skydrive-integration-in-windows-8.1/
    Completely Disable SkyDrive Everywhere

    If you want to get rid of SkyDrive entirely, you can use Group Policy to remove it. This will get rid of it from everywhere on the system though, including the Metro apps.

    Launch Group Policy Editor by pressing the Windows key and R simultaneously, typing gpedit.msc and hitting Enter.

    Beneath the Local Computer Policy section, navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\SkyDrive and then double click the entry labeled Prevent the usage of SkyDrive for file storage to the right.
    The change will take immediate effect and you’ll see that the SkyDrive icon disappears from Explorer straight away.

     
  14. Paxchristi Says:
    February 17th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    The last tip from Caude works great. I don’t want Microsoft or any other company or government looking trough my files. Thnx!

     
  15. Keith Says:
    February 18th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I HATE SkyDrive and want to get rid of it entirely, but my keyboard doesn’t have a “Windows” key and I have not been able to find gpedit.msc – ??

     
  16. nick Says:
    February 19th, 2014 at 12:13 am

    #13. -This step cannot be used on my laptop, because it can’t find gpedit, or gpedit.msc.

    hp pavilion g7
    win-8.1

     
  17. Duke Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Thanks Caude. This your guidance worked. I don’t like anyone reviewing my files somewhere, if microsoft has them so does Obama!

     
  18. Brandon Says:
    February 21st, 2014 at 1:04 am

    caude saved me. I skydrive pop up and it said updated a few hours ago and I said why the hell is this thing on and monitoring my computer. Thanks Caude.

     
  19. James Says:
    February 27th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Hello I want to get the skydrive drop down menu back and entered f08004d in attributes HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}\ShellFolder but it did not work any solutions??

     
  20. Brian Taylor Says:
    March 2nd, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    If you wish to remove SkyDrive, the easiest and safest way is to uninstall it!
    First identify the update (On my PC, KB2913320 Win 8.1 64 bit).
    Open control panel, and select Programs & Features!
    Top left corner – Select “View Installed Updates”
    Search for the update – This could be KB2913320, or possibly KB2923768
    Right Click, and select Uninstall!
    Restart your computer!
    Go to Windows Updates and you should see the one you have installed!
    If you click on more information, you should be able to verify that this is the Skydrive update
    Now go back to Windows update, and right click on this update – Select Hide!
    You will never see, or install again, by accident!
    I have uninstalled this update, and not experienced any problems!

     
  21. goran Says:
    March 12th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    this is the stupid onedrive update KB2923768 anything windows is shit

     
  22. Robert Says:
    March 12th, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Am I blind? In his text Darien wrote change f08004d to f09004d, on the example picture shown I see f080004d, one zero more between the 8 and the 4!

     
  23. Phillip Says:
    March 14th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    This only removes it from Explorer view – not from the explorer view when you are saving a document.

    If you open Word 2013 and save a blank document, SkyDrive will still be there in that explorer view.

    Anyone know how to remove that?

     
  24. RobertP Says:
    March 17th, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Goran, Brian Taylor, thanks. Skydrive no longer works after removing KB2923768.
    Also removed related KB2913320.
    Skydrive still shows in Win Explorer but all its files total no more than 25mb.
    It is some kind of System file and does not readily delete, but at such a small size, it does not really matter.
    No longer works and no ill effects.

     
  25. Scott Says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I have troubles with sky drive updating while I am playing an online game. While playing, the game will freeze and I have to restart the computer. I noticed that each time this happens, sky drive had just updated. I have done the regedit fix and also the Group Policy Editor. Is there a way to stop the updates???

     
  26. niels Says:
    April 30th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    gpedit is only on WINxx Pro edition. Bill Gates really screwed all purchasing a Home Edition.

    This integration of Skydrive is in violation with EU directives. Will anyone here participate in a complaint to the EU Commision?

     
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    August 2nd, 2014 at 5:31 am

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