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OneDrive Desktop App - Install or Uninstall in Windows


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OneDrive Desktop App - Install or Uninstall in Windows
This tutorial will show you how to uninstall or install and setup the free OneDrive desktop app with your Microsoft account in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 to automatically sync your files across your PCs.
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How to Install or Uninstall OneDrive Desktop App in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
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This tutorial will show you how to uninstall or install and setup the free OneDrive desktop app with your Microsoft account in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 to automatically sync your files across your PCs.
How to Install or Uninstall OneDrive Desktop App in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

information   Information
SkyDrive is now called OneDrive instead.

OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide: Free Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS, and Android Devices | OneDrive Blog


OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.com. Store any file on OneDrive and it's automatically available to access or share from any device.

When you install and setup the OneDrive desktop app on a Windows PC, a copy of your OneDrive is downloaded to your PC and put in the "OneDrive" folder. This folder is kept in sync with your online OneDrive. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder on OneDrive.com, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted in your OneDrive folder on your PC and vice versa. You could also fetch files (if turned on) on your PC from any computer on OneDrive.com

To upload files to OneDrive automatically, just copy or move the files to your OneDrive folder using File Explorer, or save them in your OneDrive folder from a program. Files you upload this way can be up to 2 GB in size. If you installed the OneDrive app on other computers, the files will automatically be added to the OneDrive folders on them, too.

You can also use File Explorer to rename and delete files, create new folders, and move files around in your OneDrive folder. The changes will automatically be made on OneDrive and your other computers that have the OneDrive app installed.

See also: OneDrive desktop app for Windows: FAQ - OneDrive Help


Windows 8.1 comes with a built-in OneDrive Store app on your Start screen. With it, you can view and browse the files you’ve saved to OneDrive.com.

You can also install the free OneDrive desktop app and automatically sync your files across your computers.


This tutorial will show you how to uninstall or install and setup the free OneDrive desktop app with your Microsoft account in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 to automatically sync your files across your PCs.

Note   Note
OneDrive System Requirements:

Mobile: Windows Phone, iPhone and iPad, and Android

Operating system: 32-bit or 64-bit version of either Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista
- Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008
- Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher, or Intel-based Mac computer​
Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher​
Resolution: 1024 × 576 minimum​
Internet connection: High-speed Internet access is recommended.​

warning   Warning
The OneDrive desktop app has been replaced by new "SkyDrive" app features that are built into Windows 8.1. The desktop app settings and status info are no longer available from the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar. If you install the SkyDrive desktop app, it will look like nothing happened. The desktop app features won't be reinstalled.

Syncing only selected folders works a little differently.
  • If you chose to keep your files and settings when you updated Windows, everything you originally synced in your SkyDrive folder will be available offline. Anything you add to SkyDrive from another location will be online-only by default. To make sure that the files you want are available offline on your PC regardless of where you create them, use the steps earlier in this topic to make items available offline.
  • If you didn't keep your files and settings when you updated Windows, everything in your SkyDrive folder is online-only. To make sure that the files you want are available offline on your PC, use the steps earlier in this topic to make items available offline.
Tip
You might want to move any folders you already have on SkyDrive to the Documents and Pictures folders on SkyDrive to make them easier to work with in your apps.

See: OneDrive desktop app for Windows: FAQ - OneDrive Help





OPTION ONE
How to Install and Setup Microsoft OneDrive Desktop App in Windows

NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to install the Microsoft OneDrive desktop app since this will affect all users on the PC. However, all users will be able to setup and use the OneDrive desktop app in their user account.
1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to install the OneDrive desktop app.​
2. To Install OneDrive Desktop App with Windows Essentials 2012
A) Go to the link below at Microsoft. Download and run the wlsetup-web.exe file from your desktop.​
B) Select (check) to at least install Microsoft OneDrive. (see screenshots below)​
Windows_Essentials-2012-A.jpg
Windows_Essentials-2012-B.jpg
C) When Windows Essentials 2012 is finished installing, open File Explorer (Windows 8) or Windows Explorer (Vista/Windows 7), click/tap on the OneDrive folder under Favorites in the navigation pane, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)​
Note   Note
If you do not see step 4 after a few moments, then you can also copy and paste the file path below in the address bar of explorer or Run :)winkey:+R) dialog, and press Enter to open it.
Note   Note

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\SkyDrive.exe
SkyDrive_Desktop_App-1.jpg
3. To Install Only OneDrive Desktop App
A) Go to the link below at Microsoft. Download and run the OneDriveSetup.exe file from your desktop, and go to step 4 below.​
4. Click/tap on Get started. (see screenshot below)​
SkyDrive_Desktop_App-2.jpg
5. If prompted, enter your Microsoft account credentials, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)​
Note   Note
If you are currently signed in to Windows 8 with a Microsoft account, then you will automatically be signed in to OneDrive with the same Microsoft account, and will not see this.
Note   Note

If you do not have a Microsoft account, then you could click/tap on Sign up now to create one.​
SkyDrive_Desktop_App-2B.jpg
6. If prompted, verify your Microsoft account on this PC. If you would like to add this PC as a trusted PC, then check the I sign in frequently on this device. Don't ask me for a code box. (see screenshots below)​
Verify-1.jpg
verify-2.jpg
7. Do the steps you get below for what folder you want to have your OneDrive folder located at.​
A) If the default C:\Users\(user-name)\OneDrive location displayed is where you want the folder, then click/tap on Next, and go to step 7C. (see screenshot below)​
SkyDrive_Desktop_App-3.jpg
B) If you want to select a folder of your choice for the OneDrive folder location, then click/tap on Change, and go to step 6D. (see screenshot above)​
C) If this OneDrive folder location already exists, you can click/tap on Choose new location and go to step 7D, or click/tap on Use this location and go to step 8. (see screenshot below)​
SkyDrive_Desktop_App-3B.jpg
D) Navigate to and select an existing folder or "Make New Folder" to have the OneDrive folder created in, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7C. (see screenshot below)​
SkyDrive_Desktop_App-3C.jpg
8. Select what files and folders on your OneDrive that you want to sync with this PC, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: You are able to choose folders for these OneDrive sync settings anytime you like afterwards from the OneDrive taskbar notification area icon.​
SkyDrive_Desktop_App_4.jpg
9. Check (allow) or uncheck (prevent) to Fetch files on this PC from OneDrive.com on any computer, and click/tap on Done. (see screenshot below)​
Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to have the Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC box checked and click/tap on Done.
Note   Note

However, all users will be still be able to set the Fetch files setting to allow or prevent after they setup the OneDrive desktop app in their account.​
SkyDrive_Desktop_App-5.jpg
10. You will now have a OneDrive folder on this PC and in the cloud. (see screenshot below)​
SkyDrive_Desktop_App-6.jpg




OPTION TWO
How to Uninstall Microsoft OneDrive Desktop App in Windows

NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to uninstall the OneDrive desktop app since this will affect all users on the PC.
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Programs and Features icon. (see screenshot below)​
2. In Programs and Features, double click/tap on Microsoft OneDrive. (see screenshot below)​
Uninstall_SkyDrive_Desktop_App.jpg
3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (Windows 7/8) or Continue (Vista).​
4. The Microsoft OneDrive desktop app has now been uninstalled from your PC for all users. This does not delete the OneDrive folder and files from the location each user selected in step 7 in OPTION ONE above.​


That's it,
Shawn


 
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Nice one
 

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Thank you Manjunath. Glad you like it. :)
 

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Even after uninstalling Skydrive, it still shows up in the file context menu. How can I remove it completely?
 

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Hello Nabilalk,

Please post a screenshot showing this to help us be sure of where you are referring to. :)
 

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Ah, ok. That would have been added from installing Office 2013 instead.

If you like, download and merge (double click) the .reg file below, approve the prompts, then restart the PC to fully apply. This will remove "SkyDrive Pro" from your context menu. :)

View attachment Remove_SkyDrive_Pro_Context_Menu.reg
 

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Ah, ok. That would have been added from installing Office 2013 instead.

If you like, download and merge (double click) the .reg file below, approve the prompts, then restart the PC to fully apply. This will remove "SkyDrive Pro" from your context menu. :)

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Awesome, thanks
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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Hello, as always fantastic, detailed tutorial Brink. This has me puzzled, as I have Skydrive installed, and have tried to install the Skydrive Desktop app, it downloads, however when completed, it is no where to be found...lol

It does not show up in Windows Explorer, or on my taskbar....I have run this command:
NoteIf you do not see step 4 after a few moments, then you can also copy and paste the file path below in the address bar of explorer or Run :)winkey:+R) dialog, and press Enter to open it.

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\SkyDrive\SkyDrive.exe



Skydrive.jpg

Trying to edit previous post and and add pic.....have no idea why it is not working...possibly mental challenge on my part....lol



Funny because here it is in taskbar advance properties...I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling multiple times...and at one point it did show up in Windows Explorer, however the Taskbar icon....reported with a small graphic pop-up...Skydrive is updating....but then it just disappeared....?

Taskbar_Skydrive.jpg
 
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Hello, as always fantastic, detailed tutorial Brink. This has me puzzled, as I have Skydrive installed, and have tried to install the Skydrive Desktop app, it downloads, however when completed, it is no where to be found...lol

It does not show up in Windows Explorer, or on my taskbar....I have run this command:
NoteIf you do not see step 4 after a few moments, then you can also copy and paste the file path below in the address bar of explorer or Run :)winkey:+R) dialog, and press Enter to open it.

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\SkyDrive\SkyDrive.exe



View attachment 26793

Trying to edit previous post and and add pic.....have no idea why it is not working...possibly mental challenge on my part....lol



Funny because here it is in taskbar advance properties...I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling multiple times...and at one point it did show up in Windows Explorer, however the Taskbar icon....reported with a small graphic pop-up...Skydrive is updating....but then it just disappeared....?

View attachment 26795
Hello Gahbmwm,

From your screenshot, it shows that you are not signed in to SkyDrive. Once you sign in to SkyDrive, you should see it.
See if you may see the SkyDrive taskbar icon if you set to Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar using step 5 in Option One below.

Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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Hi Shawn,

First off thanks for merging 'the mess that I created with my posts'.....I have signed into Skydrive (actually I was already signed in), so to experiment I signed out of my Microsoft account then signed back in, however, Skydrive is still no where to found in Win Explorer and when electing 'show all icons in taskbar Skydrive icon is not present.

Thanks
 

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Signing in and out of your Microsoft account for Windows 8 is not the same as signing in to the SkyDrive Desktop app.

You'll need to run the %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\SkyDrive\SkyDrive.exe file, then sign in to SkyDrive when it shows like in step 4 and 5.

You might also want to set the SkyDrive Desktop app run at startup as well if not already so you wouldn't need to manually start it.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/24860-skydrive-desktop-app-allow-prevent-start-sign.html
 

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Hi Shawn,

Thank you, however I still do not have a 'active Skydrive taskbar icon' to be able to implement various settings:
Kindly please see attached screenshot:
P.S. Attachments are not showing up after uploading?

skydrive app.jpg
 
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Hi Shawn...lol

Thanks once again....here are two screenshots properly uploaded....:)
First shows that I'm signed into Skydrive, however if you view my bottom right portion of my taskbar---->After checking 'Always show all icons'....the Skydrive cloud is not showing.
Second ss shows my explorer where the 'Skydrive folder' is not showing under Favorites...

I have run this command a bunch of times:

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\SkyDrive\SkyDrive.exe

Skydrive Signed In.jpg


Explorer_No Skydrive Folder.jpg

Also see this ss where it shows the inactive Skydrive cloud taskbar icon as 'not signed in'....but I am signed in to Skydrive...? lol

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The first screenshot is for your SkyDrive app from the Store. It's not the same as the SkyDrive Desktop app.

Do you have Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installed? I'm assuming Windows 8.

You can press the :winkey: + Pause/Break keys to open the System window to see.

You might see if reinstalling the SkyDrive Desktop app may help.
 

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The first screenshot is for your SkyDrive app from the Store. It's not the same as the SkyDrive Desktop app.

Do you have Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installed? I'm assuming Windows 8.

You can press the :winkey: + Pause/Break keys to open the System window to see.

You might see if reinstalling the SkyDrive Desktop app may help.
Hi Shawn,

I have Win 8 Pro installed and (again-lol, thanks) two ss. First is Skydrive from www.skydrive.com
Second is the Skydrive app from store. I will attempt to uninstall the Skydrive app for Windows (but I have attempted this numerous times.)

Also I now realize that Skydrive is integrated (deeply) with the Win 8.1 Preview and this is where it shows up in Win Explorer....this is where I was confused...

Thanks again and btw, fantastic job on your Tutorials! That takes a lot of time on your part, and I now see why there is a average 3500-4000 members/guests that frequent your great site!! ;)

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Yeah, when you upgrade to 8.1 later, there really is no need for the SkyDrive Desktop app anymore since SkyDrive is fully integrated in 8.1 now.
 

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Very good now I'm clear on this....lol Thanks so much!

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