View Full Version : OneDrive - can I disable it?

11-05-2014, 05:19 PM
This newish Win 8.1 machine has an icon, which when hovered over, shows that OneDrive was updated an hour ago. I've never knowingly used it, and it disturbs me to think this $%#@#!*! piece of Microsoft is actioning and sending data from MY PC without my knowledge.

I assume it's something to do with Cloud or whatever, but don't want it, don't need it.

Speedy Gonzales
11-05-2014, 05:25 PM
Dont use an MS login / acct. Thats the only way to kill it. You can disable it in settings but the icon will stay on the taskbar (http://www.pcworld.com/article/2111442/how-to-disable-windows-8s-deep-cloud-integration-piece-by-piece.html)

11-05-2014, 05:27 PM
Just don't use it.

11-05-2014, 05:44 PM
uninstall it. easy as that.

Speedy Gonzales
11-05-2014, 05:47 PM
Depends if you installed it. I didnt install it as part of Office (it doesnt appear in programs and features, so I cant uninstall it). But the icon is still on the taskbar. And its built into 8.1

And according to this (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-nz/windows-8/onedrive-app-faq)

Can I uninstall the OneDrive app?

No, the app comes with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 and can't be uninstalled, but it can be unpinned from the Start screen. Press and hold or right-click the tile, and then tap or click Unpin from Start.

12-05-2014, 01:15 PM
I discovered if you use BitLocker, full disk encryption, and Windows 8.1 it copies your keys to OneDrive.

Again you can't "opt-out". Here's an article called "All your keys are belong to us: Windows 8.1, BitLocker and key-escrow"


Microsoft's saying: "Be evil"

12-05-2014, 01:42 PM
This is the same OneDrive that MS has locked paid users out of??

"Microsoft locks paid OneDrive accounts – monitors behavior and content"

Speedy Gonzales
12-05-2014, 03:02 PM
Here's some more info about what people say about it (http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2165135)

I'll be getting a TPM module next week from the US. But I wont be using it on everything. Probably wont use it at all

12-05-2014, 04:49 PM
These 'cloud services' are getting to be of real nuisance value to some, including myself. Like being pushed into installing win 8 with a MS account that has defaults to onedrive for files and syncing of settings. I have a netbook and this comp on win 8.1.1. Yesterday I used the netbook (doesn't get used much) and found my machines desktop image on it. Then. later, I go to my main comp and find my IE favourites bar now has some of the netbook icons and my favourites are back to being sorted alphabetically. Not what most people want. Hopefully, after turning sync off this problem will have gone away - till next time windows decides I need the defaults again!!! The default should be to turn on these 'features', not turn them off. It's that feeling of being pushed unwillingly into a world that the big guys can make money from.

Then I thought paying for a cloud backup for important files was a good idea. Then it went wrong and decided to upload them all again and blow my ISP quota half way through my billing cycle. Decided I didn't need this so tried to cancel. Now they don't want to cancel and I am worried that they will bill me anyway as they have my credit card no. (This is one of their regular tricks).

Big warning - do a thorough job of googling for the bad news about the cloud service you are interested in. I didn't do a good enough job for sure. In case you are wondering, DON'T even think of using JustCloud.

The other aspect that needs watching is sync versus backup. But even with a once-a-day backup I had a service running continually using the cpu and accessing the disk. And don't sync files that are continuously changing e.g. browser and email profiles. This can involve a lot of traffic/day!

I am right off these infernal clouds and will cater for fire and theft scenarios another way. A way that I am in control of!

12-05-2014, 06:08 PM
A little off topic, but here's an article called "NSA Poisoned Internet Security from the Beginning"


"The NSA won't have access to the keys stored by Microsoft. The same keys stored by default and no 'opt-out'."

I believe promises from the NSA and $5 will buy you a cup of coffee.

12-05-2014, 06:58 PM
From Linw Post:
Like being pushed into installing win 8 with a MS account that has defaults to onedrive for files and syncing of settings. I have a netbook and this comp on win 8.1.1. Yesterday I used the netbook (doesn't get used much) and found my machines desktop image on it. Not seting it up a"you" want it ;) If you dont sign in it cant upload. Then again you can always simply disconnect the auto sign in Via user Accounts/ make changes to my account in PC settings:


All the W8 PC 's here dont have sign in to a MS account, in fact only 1 has to sign in at all and thats because its to my own server, But it doesn't auto sign in to MS.

Heres the trick :D When install, or a name brand PC starting make sure ITS NOT connected to the internet, then when the option appears --- custom - that way you dont need to put in a password, if you ARE connected to the internet the option is not there, this includes upgrading to 8.1 via the store, download the update, when it reboots to install, kill the internet connection.

Secondly other computers loading them selves -- when you first connect to the LAN/internet a option shows "share /discover other computers" - if you click discover/allow yes they will, (words to that effect ) if not they wont.

12-05-2014, 07:58 PM
Thanx wainuitech for the info..