I’m sure everyone has heard about Windows Live SkyDrive by now. If you haven’t, it’s is a cloud based online file storage solution from Microsoft which offers 25GB free space. With this useful web service, you can store your files online and access them from anywhere (or share them with others). You usually need to login to your online storage with the use of a web browser, through Windows Live portal. However SkyDrive Explorer is a Windows application that adds SkyDrive integration to My Computer. Once you install the program, your SkyDrive online storage will appear on My Computer as a new disk drive and you’ll be able to manage file operations right from your Windows desktop, with no web browser involvement at all.
SkyDrive explorer allows you to perform all major Windows Explorer functions such as copy, rename, create new, delete, drag and drop features, etc on files and folders stored online. When you click on the SkyDrive Explorer icon on My Computer, you’ll be prompted with a Windows Live login dialog. Use the appropriate credentials to log in and you’ll be able to browse your SkyDrive just like you browse any other folder/drive in Windows (keep in mind that navigation will be slower). For a full list of features see this page. For screenshots of the service look here.
SkyDrive Explorer is free software. It’s lightweight and is only around 1.3MB in file size.
[Click here] to download SkyDrive Explorer from official page.
[Click Here] to signup for a free Windows Live account (if you haven’t already got one that is – any existing Hotmail/Windows Live Messenger/Passport account comes with SkyDrive enabled)
Errors and Troubleshooting
The first time you use this software you might run into the following problem – you can log in and view the folders just fine but can’t do anything else (some actions will simply do nothing while others may give error messages). This may be because you have not agreed to the renewed SkyDrive license agreement from Microsoft. To resolve this issue do the following:
- Login to your SkyDrive account via Web Interface from here.
- Click on an existing folder. If you need to renew you license agreement, you’ll be prompted now. Accept it and proceed.
- Log out of your SkyDrive account. Also log out of the service from SkyDrive Explorer (if it doesn’t work, reboot your PC).
- You will now be able to use the service from My Computer.