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How to disable Windows 10 from using OneDrive as the default save location

Once you are signed in to Windows 10 using your Microsoft Account, it starts prompting you to use OneDrive cloud storage as the place to save files and documents by default. If you are not happy with such behavior, there is a setting you can change. Let's explore it.

To change the default save location from OneDrive to your local disk in Windows 10, you need to do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System - Storage.
  3. Under "Save location", set all drop down lists to "This PC" as shown below:Windows 10 onedrive default save location

You are done. If you are not going to use OneDrive, you might be interested in reading the following articles:

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

6 thoughts on “How to disable Windows 10 from using OneDrive as the default save location”

  1. I had a bad experience with OneDrive and poor support, so don’t plan on using them as a syncing mechanism.

    If I disable OneDrive and even uninstall and remove from my PC and file explorer (hopefully)… is it still available at live.onedrive on the web to manually place files there if needed to access remotely on occasion? If I delete any files from the web version, does it affect any files on my PC?

    BUT, I was hoping I could still place files in OneDrive manually to access as needed (such as from my laptop when traveling). If so, do I need to leave it on the PC but “turn off sync” and it will still reside in my explorer?

    Hope you get this and can reply… thanks!

  2. This is nothing like the “Settings App” on my Windows 10 Lenovo Yoga laptop … I will need to find another answer on the web which applies to my machine in order to disable OneDrive by default.

  3. I un-installed OneDrive, and now every time I plug my phone into my computer with a USB cable (to charge my phone), OneDrive somehow opens. How is that possible? I have tried ALL of the ways to stop this from happening and it stills happens. MICROSOFT SHOULD BE FORCED OUT OF BUSINESS! Microsoft purposely does this sort of thing to stop people from removing it’s garbage from what are supposed to be PERSONAL computers. MICROSOFT AND WINDOWS 10 ARE ABSOLUTELY THE WORST PROBLEMS WITH COMPUTERS TODAY! Windows should be classified as a virus, hack, malware because it is DEFINITELY all of those things.

  4. As of 7/10-2020, to me, this article is irrelevant, as I have no option to change the save-default. I can change where ‘new content is saved’, but it just wants me to choose between my games drive and the drive I keep my windows on. At no point does it mention “this PC” or “onedrive”.

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