Don’t Use SkyDrive? Remove the Folder from Windows 8.1

Microsoft is very keen to push SkyDrive, the company’s cloud storage service. But if you happen to prefer Google Drive, Dropbox or any of the other countless similar tools, you may feel that having a SkyDrive folder permanently visible in Explorer is unnecessary. If you’d like to claim back this space in the navigation pane, you don’t need anything other than the Registry Editor that’s built into Windows.

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Launch the Registry Editor by pressing the Windows key and R at the same time, typing regedit and pressing Enter. If a User Account Control warning is displayed, click Yes to continue.

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Use the Explorer-style tree structure to the right to navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}\ ShellFolder.

Right click the ShellFolder key to the left and select Permissions from the menu that appears. Now click the Advanced button.

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Now click the Change link at the very top of the dialog that appears.

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Type the word Users and then click the OK button.

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Click OK, select Users from the list and then tick the Full Control box beneath the Allow heading in the lower half of the dialog. Click OK to return to the Registry Editor.

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In the right hand pane, double click the key called Attributes.

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In the Value data field, type 0 and then click OK.

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When you restart your computer and open an Explorer window, you should find that the SkyDrive folder link has disappeared.

Should you ever decide that you would like it back, all you need to do is edit the same registry key, but this time change the value to f080004d.

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