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I have iCloud for Windows v7.0.1.210 on Windows 10 version 1703. I only enabled iCloud Drive and web bookmark sync features. But somehow the iCloud Photos folder is created automatically every time I open the iCloud setting after I deleted it manually, especially annoyingly it got added to my Quick access list inside File Explorer.

BTW, anyway to remove the iCloud icon from system tray on windows 10?

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iCloud Photos is pinned to Quick Access automatically, every time that iCloud is started. Here is a discussion on preventing "iCloud Photos" from being added to Quick Access. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8015861

Basic steps:

  • Open regedit
  • Search for "{F0D63F85-37EC-4097-B30D-61B4A8917118}" (no quotes) — keys only
  • Delete all occurrences that you find (four for me)

This worked for me. I'm not sure if updates to iCloud will add these keys back in the registry. I added commands to a clean-up script that I have that runs periodically to make sure that they are deleted automatically if they are added back.

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