Friday, April 28, 2017

Uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10 - half-baked

OneDrive is a "cloud-file" service by Microsoft which is not unlike Google Drive, DropBox, Box, SugarSync and like Drive also provides some nifty web-based tools.

OneDrive is NOT critical to any aspect of Windows. OneDrive is treated by MS as an app (nota  service) in all respects except the implementation in Windows which is atrocious.

You can disable the "Start with Windows" option then exit it (like any other systray service), but it will pop back up later and harass you if you've not set it up. That sort of behavior is more what you'd expect from a "Windows Feature" which you'd turn off using the Windows "Programs and Features" dialog.

That's NOT how OneDrive is to be managed though so if you don't use and don't want to see it, be prepared for the most absurd "configuration" I've ever seen from MS. Even a registry change would be easier than this mess....

WHY? Microsoft, WHY are you pushing OneDrive at me SO HARD that you're doing stupid crap like this? Either make it part of the OS (and a service we can just simply disable) or make it a Feature that can be managed reasonably.