Windows 11, Uninstall OneDrive


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Hi,
Please forgive me for reaching out to the Forum for asking a hard question, (for me), but probably an easy answer for you.
I do not want to save any files on OneDrive. With Windows 10 I had the option to not sign up for OneDrive. This worked out for me until I was hit by a virus and a retired cyber security rep seriously stated to get a new PC. He found 40 traces of malware plus a live virus he could not remove. The PC was 8 yrs old.
I have read different answers to how to remove/uninstalled OneDrive and during my last search today the answer was to not do it at all! Since OneDrive was tied with Windows 11 you can run into messy problems. I also read OneDrive will remain on Explorer pathways.

This can create a problem when family members and trustee are trying to find files, which, by following properties, (even I use it), leads to OneDrive. However OneDrive is now uninstalled. How can I change the pathway to the former way to C\: users\user\ documents? I suspect the process is not user friendly especially for a retiree. Any easy answers?

My thanks to you,
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    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
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    Dell
We get asked this question all the time. We have a tutorial on how to do it.

 

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    Intel Core i5-8279u
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    Chrome
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    Defender.
Thank you so much for your input. I will follow through.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
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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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    32 gb
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    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
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    Integrated Realtek
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    Benq 27
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    500w
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    MT
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    Logitech wired
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
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    500w
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    Dell factory
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    Logitech wireless
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    Logitech wired
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    still not telling
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
Thank you so much for your input. I will follow through.
We get asked this question all the time. We have a tutorial on how to do it.
Once you have disabled Onedrive & stopped it syncing, you uninstall it by using 'Prograns & Features' in Conrol Panel
 

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    Windows 11 Pro v 23H2 (Build 22631.3235)
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    Dell Precision 3660 Tower Workstation
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    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900 5.10 GHz
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    64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
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    Dell P2714H Monitor
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    300 Watts
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    Air
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    Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600
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    Microsoft USB Basic Optical Mouse v2.0
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    Firefox
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    Windows Defender + Malwarebytes Premium
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RevoUninstaller (freeware)
  • Install and run RevoUninstaller
  • Options tab (along the top) > Uninstaller (LH column)
  • Untick Make a Restore Point before uninstall
  • Tick Checkmark all leftovers by default
  • Back to main Revo program window > select Windows Apps tab
  • Double click the desired program
  • Run the uninstallation process
  • DO NOT reboot even if prompted when completed
  • Select the Advanced button and then run the process to remove all leftover files/folders/registry entries left behind after a normal uninstall process.
  • If prompted at any stage previously, now do the reboot
Also Geek Uninstaller (freeware)
 

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    Windows 11 22H2 (latest update ... forever anal)
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    PC/Desktop
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    HP Slim S01
    CPU
    Intel i5-9400
    Memory
    8GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
    Sound Card
    OOBE
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    Acer 32"
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    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 1TB SSDs
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    OOBE
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    OOBE
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    OOBE
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    Logitech wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    Classic Australian w.a.p.
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    KIS
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    Windows 11 Pro (latest upadte ... anally always)
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    Laptop
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    HP Pavillion 15
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    i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Hard Drives
    Samsung NVMe 512GB
    + numerous/multiple SSD Type C USB enclosures
    Internet Speed
    NBN FTTN 50
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    KIS
However OneDrive is now uninstalled. How can I change the pathway to the former way to C\: users\user\ documents? I suspect the process is not user friendly especially for a retiree. Any easy answers?

After uninstalling One drive, I used the registry editor (regedit) to repair the folder paths in the user folder.


See:
"List of Shell folders & their default locations in Windows 10/11"
"User Shell Folders (Per-system)"
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
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    Laptop
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    ASUS TUF Gaming F17 (2022) - FX707ZM
    CPU
    Intel 12700H
    Motherboard
    Asus FX707ZM
    Memory
    32 Go
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    RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    C-MEDIA
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    Integrated screen
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    1920x1080
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    Intel NVME & WD Green NVME
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    ROG Gladius III
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    Edge
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    Windows Defender

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