OneDrive will frequently make a Documents folder, even when I keep deleting it.

I use the root OneDrive folder to store my files, so I have no need for this folder -- how can I remove it?

Additionally, just out of curiosity, a file that looks like .XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX (8 characters, 4 characters, 4 characters, 12 characters) will pop up in the same fashion as the Documents folder -- every once in a while, one I delete it.

What is this file and can I delete it?

I'm on w10, but this happened on w8, too.


2 Answers 2


Have you tried disabling One drive or completely hide it from file explorer?

Here’s how to use Registry Editor to turn off OneDrive everywhere completely:

Press Win + R keyboard accelerator to open Run dialog box. Type RegEdit.exe and hit Enter or OK to open Registry Editor. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Right click on Windows and select New -> Key. Name the new key as OneDrive. Note: If OneDrive key already exists, skip this step.

Right click on OneDrive registry key, and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value name as DisableFileSyncNGSC Set the data for DisableFileSyncNGSC registry value as 1.


  1. Disable OneDrive Everywhere in Windows and Apps Completely

I've read numerous resources online that it can't be done through an official approach, here are two workarounds for this issue:

  1. Make the "Documents" folder hidden, and uncheck the "Hidden items" option:

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  2. Deselect the "Documents" folder from syncing:

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Choose whichever you prefer.

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