Remove “SkyDrive Pro” Option from Windows 7 Right-Click Menu

by Venkat eswarlu on July 23, 2012

in MS Office,tips and tricks

If you’ve installed Office 2013, you might have came across grayed out SkyDrive Pro option on the right-click menu of selected Folder in Windows 7, if you’re wondering with the questions in your mind like what is SkyDrive Pro? Why it disabled on right-click menu? As SkyDrive desktop client already installed, then what is the Purpose of SkyDrive Pro and for whom? Here are the answers.

This option is intended for business users, but tied to Home Premium Preview of Office 365, it is part of both SharePoint service in Office 365 and server. Installed SkyDrive Pro allows to sync contents from it to your Computer, we’re still unclear and confused about this. Why to bother? For a typical desktop user, its unnecessary clutter on context menu and of no use IMO and here is how you can remove it from Windows Explorer Context menu.

SkyDrive pro thumb Remove “SkyDrive Pro” Option from Windows 7 Right Click Menu

Removing SkyDrive Pro entry from Context Menu in Windows 7

1. Open registry editor from Run Command by typing regedit

2. Navigate to “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFileSystemObjects\shell\SPFS.Context menu”

3. Right-click on it (left pane) and select “ Delete” option to remove this key and all its sub keys.

skydrive pro registry key thumb Remove “SkyDrive Pro” Option from Windows 7 Right Click Menu

Note: The above method successfully removes SkyDrive Pro from context menu, you don’t need to restart your Computer. You’re warned, so think twice and decide before following this method, try this at your own risk.

Update: Don’t want to edit Registry? We’ve commands for you to unregister GROOVEEX.DLL which is related to Skydrive Pro.

Open Command Prompt as administrator and run the following command

If you’re on 32-bit: regsvr32 /u “%programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL”

For 64-bit: regsvr32 /u “%programfiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL”  

If you’ve any doubts ask us in the comments.


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

TheAngryPenguin July 25, 2012 at 12:27 am

Thanks for the info. After < 24 hours of frustration, I ended up removing Office 2013. Apparently the uninstaller forget to remove the SkyDrive Pro context menu item. Go figure!


Venkat July 25, 2012 at 6:38 am

Ha!ha so you removed Office 2013 for sake of Skydrive Pro option, hope this will be useful for you if you reinstall Office next time.


Ender Wiggin July 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

I tried this, but I got an error “cannot delete. error while deleting key”? I’m on Windows 7, 64 bit, admin.


Venkat July 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Should work on 64-bit too, please try the steps mentioned in the post again and know what happened.


Squuiid August 20, 2012 at 3:36 am

A much better way of doing this is by running this:

regsvr32 /u “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL”


Venkat August 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

Definitely better if it works,since I had already uninstalled office 2013 preview I can’t test now on my machine, registry method I covered above isn’t difficult either.


Arthur October 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm



Venkat October 22, 2012 at 6:57 am

you’re welcome here.


Wesley November 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I´m really thankful, it worked with me! Thank you guys!


Venkat November 6, 2012 at 6:27 am



David November 10, 2012 at 3:28 am

Thanks! Worked like a charm. (Using Windows 8 Pro)


jon November 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

there is no better way to annoy me then to add garbage context menu. i even did a custom install and deselected onenote and skydrive for this exact reason. but what do you know i still get context menus. here is an easier way to remove the context menu.

open cmd prompt as admin and run one of the commands below depending if you installed x64 or x86.
regsvr32 /u “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL”
regsvr32 /u “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL”


revertex December 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Tried above in several diferent machines, didn’t work at all.
Nothing but the registry trick works.


Gangcho December 6, 2012 at 2:30 am

Thanks a lot


Mango January 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Thanks it worked.


Venkat January 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Glad to know that, and you’re welcome.


Rick February 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

If you have a Office 2013 Pro RETAIL on Windows 7 x64 with this shitty Click-Once installer you have to remove it like this

regsvr32 / u “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\vfs\ProgramFilesX64\Microsoft Office\Office15\GROOVEEX.DLL”


Gary February 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

This works great for the Office 365 2013 on Windows 7 x64.
Thank you.

(For others: I had to retype the command line as pasting didn’t work for some reason, and remove the space after the switch (/u).


Harry February 23, 2013 at 6:56 am

Thanks. it works!


Venkat eswarlu February 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

You’re welcome.


Jim Bob March 9, 2013 at 7:24 am

He wrote Navigate to “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFileSystemObjects\shell\SPFS.Context menu” it should be…
Navigate to “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFileSystemObjects\shell\SPFS.Context menu” no space between Context and menu.


Nathar January 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Works! Thanks!


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