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How to Stop OneDrive from Starting Up Automatically on Windows 11


OneDrive is a Microsoft cloud and backup storage application that you can use to synchronize your files and folders across all your devices. By default, the OneDrive application always comes with Windows 10 and 11, and each time you start your system it will automatically start to sync all your updated files. If you don’t need this cloud storage service then follow the below steps as I will be showing you How to Stop OneDrive from Starting Up Automatically on Windows 11. You can read more on How to remove OneDrive from Windows via DISM, How to move OneDrive Folder to a Different Location in Windows 10 and How to hide or stop Apps such as OneDrive from opening automatically upon login on Macbook Pro

Follow these steps on How to stop OneDrive from running from the startup. Please see How to fix Windows Microsoft Store not opening, how to Stop OneDrive from Starting Up Automatically on Windows 11, How to create batch script files on Windows 11, and How to remove malware using Microsoft Safety Scanner on Windows 10 and 11.

1. Disabling OneDrive using Task Manager

Click the Startup Apps tab on the left section. You will see all the different apps that run during startup, among them is OneDrive.


2. Disabling OneDrive from the Startup Apps List

Select and right-click OneDrive, and select Disable option from the drop-down. That is all you need to do here and when you sign into your user account, the OneDrive will not launch automatically.


3. Disabling OneDrive Startup from the App Settings

Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar notification area and click on settings.


Microsoft OneDrive Settings


On the OneDrive Settings, click Sync and backup menu, switch “Start OneDrive when I sign in to Windows” under the Preferences section.


If you follow these steps and each time you start your system the OneDrive service will not run automatically.

Please see how to Share Files, Stop Sharing and Restore Previous Versions of Files on Microsoft OneDrive, and how to Disable or Uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10 and 11.

4. Disabling OneDrive Startup from Windows Settings

Open Windows Settings and Navigate to Apps > Startup. Scroll down and switch Microsoft OneDrive to OFF.


5. Disabling OneDrive Startup from the Registry Editor

The Registry Editor can also be used to disable OneDrive automatic startup. Your system registry is not something you should play with so you should only explore this option when other options did not work.

  • Search for regedit in the box and press Enter.
  • In the Registry Editor left pane navigate to Computer > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run.
  • On the right pane, right-click OneDrive and select Delete from the drop-down.
  • Select Yes to confirm.

You may want to know How to Disable and Enable Registry Access on Windows 11 and How to Back Up and Restore the Windows Registry.

6. Disabling OneDrive Startup with the Command Prompt

Another option you can use to disable the OneDrive from starting up during automatically is by using the following command. Open Command Prompt as an Administrator and paste this command and run:

reg delete"HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /f /v "OneDrive"

Here is the YouTube video on how to Stop OneDrive from Starting Up Automatically on Windows 11.

I hope you found this blog post on how to Stop OneDrive from Starting Up Automatically on Windows 11 Interesting and helpful. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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