Q: How can I block the use of SkyDrive in Windows 8.1?
A: There was no Group Policy setting to block the use of SkyDrive in Windows 8. However, now that SkyDrive is a built-in component of Windows 8.1, there is a Group Policy setting to block its use.
- Open the Group Policy Object (GPO) that's applied to the Windows 8.1 machines, or run gpedit.msc locally on a Windows 8.1 machine.
- Navigate to Computer Configuration, [Policies], Administrative Templates, Windows Components, SkyDrive.
- Double-click Prevent the usage of SkyDive for file storage.
- Set to Enabled, and click OK.
- Close Group Policy Editor.
Within a few minutes the change will take effect, and you'll find the following upheld:
- Users can’t access SkyDrive from the SkyDrive app and file picker.
- Windows Store apps can’t access SkyDrive using the WinRT API.
- SkyDrive doesn’t appear in the navigation pane in File Explorer.
- SkyDrive files aren’t kept in sync with the cloud.
- Users can’t automatically upload photos and videos from the camera roll folder.
To make this change on a Windows RT device, you would first need to start the Group Policy Client service (start services.msc and start the service).