Your Microsoft SkyDrive online cloud storage account includes a feature called SkyDrive for Windows that will install a local folder on your Windows 7 computer.
If you have followed the instructions at this link to install the application on your computer, then you are aware that it will create a local folder that automatically syncs online with your cloud storage account.
This is a very useful feature to have if you frequently use multiple computers, as it stores files in the cloud so that they can be accessed anywhere that you can connect to the Internet.
But if you have decided to stop using SkyDrive for Windows, or if you want to reinstall it, then you will need to learn how to uninstall SkyDrive.
The process is very similar to uninstalling any other program on your computer, so it should seem familiar if you have ever done that before.
Removing the SkyDrive for Windows App
One of the more difficult elements of uninstalling SkyDrive is simply figuring out what it is called. The application in listed among the Programs and Features of your computer, but it is not in the Control Panel or on the Start menu. Continue reading to learn the process for uninstalling the SkyDrive for Windows app.
Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of your screen, then click Control Panel.
Step 2: Click the blue Uninstall a program link under the Programs section of the window.
Step 3: Scroll through the list of programs until you locate the Microsoft SkyDrive option, then click it once to select it.
Step 4: Click the Uninstall button in the horizontal blue bar above the list of programs.
Step 5: Click Yes to confirm that you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer.
Now that you know how to uninstall SkyDrive on your Windows computer, you can easily remove that application if you are no longer using it.
The SkyDrive folder will remain in your list of favorites at the left side of Windows Explorer.
If you want to remove the shortcut to the folder from that location, you will need to right-click the folder, then click the Remove option at the bottom of the menu.
Additionally, the SkyDrive folder will remain in its location on your hard drive, giving you access to the files stored within it. However, making changes to the contents of the folder will no longer affect the files stored online in your SkyDrive account.
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