Computer Tip: Remove SkyDrive from Windows 8.1 navigation pane

One thing added to Windows 8.1 is the further entrenchment of SkyDrive. It is now in a bunch of places. One option is to remove it from Windows Explorer.

In order to do so, you need to do a modification in the registry. But before we do that, we need to give Administrators on the computer [yourself] higher access to do so. [Sounds a bit weird.] Most of what we will do below is just giving you higher access than what you have right now.

Warning: A reminder that modifying the registry could cause serious problems with Windows if you aren’t careful. Backup up the registry first. Use at your own risk. And note my notice in my Notes page.

  • Open the registry editor. The simplest way is to either find it in the search or get to the Run command [Windows+R] and type regedit.
  • Approve the User Account Control warning.
  • Drill down to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}\ShellFolder.
  • Right-click the ShellFolder icon and select Permissions from the context menu.
  • When you see the Permissions dialog box, click the Advanced button.
  • Locate the Owner control at the top and click Change.
  • With the Select User dialog box, type administrators in the Object Name text area and click Check Names.
  • After you see the full object name appear in the window, click OK.
  • Back at the Advanced Security Settings dialog box, select both the Replace Owner On Subcontainers And Objects and the Replace All Child Object Permissions With Inheritable Permissions From This Object check boxes and click OK.
  • When asked to confirm the operation, click Yes.
  • At the Permissions dialog box, select Administrators in the Group Or User Names panel
  • Select the Full Control check box in the Permissions For Administrators panel and then click OK.
  • Finally back at the Registry Editor, double-click the Attributes subkey in ShellFolder key. Set its Value Data to 0, and then click OK.
  • Exit the Registry Editor and reboot.

SkyDrive should now not appear in the Navigation pane of Windows Explorer. Want it back? Just follow the first 3 parts above and the last one above.


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