How can I stop OneDrive backing up my files?

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Hi Folks,
Please can someone help with the following:
I've been using OneDrive for a while now and find it useful for accessing files from both my Desktop PC and laptop.
However, I recently decided to use the backup facility for my desktop, documents and pictures folders on my Desktop PC.
I went to Manage Backups and hit start.
Everything seemed to be going OK and lots of little green ticks appeared on all the files and folders on my desktop.
However, I was very close to my 5GB free limit so decided not to use it after all.
This is when the problems started.
I stopped the backup and all the files on my desktop disappeared with a notification that they were no longer available on this PC but only by accessing the OneDrive cloud.
I had restore my PC using a full disc image from the previous day.
I then uninstalled OneDrive on my Desktop PC.
I logged into OneDrive from my Laptop and deleted all the files from the OneDrive cloud.
I'd like to put OneDrive back on my Desktop PC but every time I install it, it automatically starts backing up again.
How can I stop it and basically start from scratch again?

I've tried going to Manage Backups and un-ticking the icons, but it made no difference.
The only thing that stopped it was "pause syncing" but that's not permanent.

Edition Windows 10 Home
Version 21H2
Installed on ‎15/‎11/‎2021
OS build 19044.1526
Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.4170.0
 

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