Unable to Completely Delete OneDrive


dforrest

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I have recently updated my system to a pre-built Window 11 Pro system. This had OneDrive installed which I do not use. I have uninstalled this and removed my subscription. However, whatever I do, when I create a new document, sometimes (not every-time) the file is saved t my "C:\Users\dforr\OneDrive" folder and not my "C:\Users\dforr\Documents" folder as it should be.

Has anyone any advice on how to stop this happening?
 
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Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

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Welcome to the forum. Here is the proper sequence of events to get rid of Onedrive.

1. You first have to turn off backup folder syncing. This tutorial tells you how and also how to get your files onto your local drive.
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/turn-on-or-off-onedrive-folder-backup-syncing-across-windows-11-devices.4321/

NOTE: ONLY IF FOLDERS DO NOT MOVE TO DEFAULT LOCATION IN STEP 1 ABOVE DO THIS

If this happens, then you could try option three in the tutorials below to restore the default folder location and move your files manually from Onedrive into the folders..

2. Then you have to unlink account & PC from onedrive.
https://www.elevenforum.com/t/unlink-account-and-pc-from-onedrive-in-windows-11.15162/
Once you do this the files you have in onedrive will remain there until you login to Onedrive on the Web and delete them.
Sign in - Microsoft OneDrive

3. You can then either uninstall Onedrive or disable it. I prefer to disable it. Open Task Manager>Startup Apps
Find Onedrive in the list and, right click on it, select disable. This prevents Onedrive from auto-starting.

4. If you want to uninstall it instead use Revo Uninstaller Freeware Portable. Be sure to delete any leftover files and registry entries Revo finds. Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download
 
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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
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    Dell Optiplex 7080
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    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
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    DELL 0J37VM
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Most people have OneDrive to back up documents to the cloud.

If you're signed in, you can sync across all your devices on which you have OneDrive installed.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
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    HP ZBook G2
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    Intel® Core i7 5500u
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    HP
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    8 GB
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    Intel HD Family Graphics AMD Firepro 4150M
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    1 TB SSD
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    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
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    32 GB
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Most people have OneDrive to back up documents to the cloud.
You are right that most people have Onedrive, but IMO it's because many are not experienced enough to know their personal folders location default to Onedrive, nor they have no idea how Onedrive works. Also many users exceed their 5gb of free Onedrive storage. When users decide they don't want Onedrive, they think all they have to do is uninstall it (like this OP) when there's more to it than that.

It's also my opinion that for inexperienced users who do not know the value of any sort of backup plan, that Onedrive should be left alone unless the user has so much data in documents and pictures that they exceed their 5 gb of free Onedrive storage. This way they at least have some of their data protected. The issue is ...many people have no idea where their data is stored.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Let's keep to the OP's question and not go down the onedrive hate debate again!!!
 

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    Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
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    900/100 Mbps
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    Logitech Brio Stream webcam
    Yeti X mic
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    Windows 10
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    Surface Laptop
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    i7
Thanks for all the responses, I am going through them to see where they effect me.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Phanteks View5
    CPU
    Intel 14 Gen I5
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX B-760-A GAMING WIFI
    Memory
    Patriot Viper 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GeForce RTX 4060
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 220HQ (two)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Seagate ST2000 2TB
    Viper VP4300L 1TB
    PSU
    Phanteks AMP V2 1000
    Case
    Phanteks NV5
    Cooling
    8 fans, liquid cooler
    Keyboard
    Cyberpower gaming
    Mouse
    Cyberpower gaming
    Internet Speed
    350Mbps/50Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
I have thoroughly read the responses. Thank you. I have come to the conclusion that OneDrive is not correctly uninstalled. For one thing too many uses of a "OneDrive" named folder remain. I have therefore re-installed OneDrive and then immediately uninstalled it, this time, with Revo Uninstaller, accepting all its options given at the completion of the basic uninstall. I also have also uninstalled in the same way, Microsoft Office 2003, which I no longer use.

Things appear better and hopefully my problem is now remedied.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Phanteks View5
    CPU
    Intel 14 Gen I5
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX B-760-A GAMING WIFI
    Memory
    Patriot Viper 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS GeForce RTX 4060
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 220HQ (two)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Seagate ST2000 2TB
    Viper VP4300L 1TB
    PSU
    Phanteks AMP V2 1000
    Case
    Phanteks NV5
    Cooling
    8 fans, liquid cooler
    Keyboard
    Cyberpower gaming
    Mouse
    Cyberpower gaming
    Internet Speed
    350Mbps/50Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
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