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How To Remove Adobe Creative Cloud From Windows 10

It seems every single popular app has a cloud solution bundled with it. Cloud drives are no doubt popular but that doesn’t necessarily mean a cloud option needs to be added to every single app that we use. Users generally tend to favor one or two cloud drives and use it to sync files, regardless what type they are. Adobe is one such company that bundles its cloud solution with its apps. You might buy a Photoshop or Illustrator license but when you install these app, Adobe Creative Cloud is installed as well. This app makes a place for itself in the File Explorer navigation pane, and in the system tray It’s always running. Here’s how you can remove Adobe Creative Cloud but still keep your apps.

Remove Adobe Creative Cloud

In order to remove Adobe Creative Cloud from your system, you need to download the official uninstaller app for it. It’s provided by Adobe and (https://helpx.adobe.com/content/dam/help/en/creative-cloud/help/uninstall-creative-cloud-desktop-app/_jcr_content/main-pars/download_section/download-1/Creative%20Cloud%20Uninstaller.zip) it can be downloaded here. Clicking the link will begin the download.

Once downloaded, you need to extract the zipped file. Make sure that you do not have any Adobe apps open. Run the EXE inside the extracted folder. It will show you a warning saying you have apps that use Creative Cloud and removing it will affect them. What this essentially means is that the apps e.g. Photoshop and Illustrator will not be able to save files to Adobe’s Creative Cloud which you weren’t using to begin with.

Accept the on-screen prompt, and proceed with the uninstaller. You will get an on-screen prompt telling you the app has been uninstalled.

Remove Adobe Creative Cloud From File Explorer

Once you remove Adobe Creative Cloud, you will no longer see its icon in the System Tray, and you will not see it listed in Startup tab in Task Manager. Unfortunately, you will still see it in File Explorer. The uninstaller doesn’t edit the Windows Registry on its way out so the folder is still there. To remove it, open the Windows Registry by typing regedit in the run box or in Windows Search. Navigate to the following location;


Look for a key named {0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-960EE002A5DE}, select it, and delete it.

That’s about it. Open File Explorer and Creative Cloud will no longer appear in the navigation pane. If you ever install Creative Cloud again, the registry entry will be added back automatically.

If you use Adobe Creative Cloud but do not want it to appear in File Explorer, you can skip the uninstaller and just edit the Windows Registry to remove it from the navigation pane.

If you have any files saved to this folder, they will not be deleted. The folder is still there and you will need to remove it manually.


  1. oh ok, you can remove creative cloud from system, thats not a big deal. But when new updatea rolled out for your apps, how will you install them ? You need creative cloud app. So instead of removing the app, you can simply signed out of the app & the cloud drive folder for creative cloud will not appear in explorer

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