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How-to: Connect Your SkyDrive In Windows Explorer

20 January 2010 by J.M.

Your web drive SkyDrive offers 25 GB of free storage that you can use from everywhere.  However, uploading and accessing its contents from your web browser can get tiring.  Unless you connect Windows Live SkyDrive to Windows Explorer.

After going through the following how-to, you will be able to access your SkyDrive folders from a mapped network drive, e.g. drive “S:\”.  You do not need any extra software to do this.

  1. Open your browser, and navigate to
  2. Sign in with your Windows Live ID.
  3. Copy the UID part of the displayed URL, like: .
  4. Leave SkyDrive open, and take note of one of your folder names.
  5. Open Windows Explorer.
  6. On the left sidebar, right-click on Network.  Choose Map network drive.
  7. Enter the following URL: \\1234567890abcdef\XYZ
  8. Replace “XYZ” with the folder name you noted and that you want to map.
    Note: Replace “Documents” with “^2Documents”, and “Public” with “^2Public”.
  9. Choose a drive letter, and submit the dialog.
  10. You will be prompted for your Windows Live ID.  Sign in.
  11. Then, you can access all the files and subfolders within your SkyDrive folder, including copying and pasting.  You can even open and edit files directly!

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