Mount SkyDrive in Windows Explorer

This is something that I find really useful from day to day when working on more than one computer, where none of the computers are linked.

I did not discover this feature, I came across it on a blog and thought that it would be worth sharing. It is one of those undocumented features that I thought would help others out, just like it has helped me.

Follow these instructions to map your SkyDrive in Windows Explorer:

  1. Open your browser, and navigate to http://skydrive.live.com/
  2. Sign in with your Windows Live ID
  3. Copy the UID part of the displayed URL. You can see this highlighted in red in the example – https://cid-1234567890abcdef.skydrive.live.com/
  4. Leave SkyDrive open and take note of one of your folder names – the one that we are going to map
  5. Open Windows Explorer/Computer
  6. In Window’s 7, click on Map network drive on the top menu bar. In other versions of Windows you may need to right-click on Network (in the left hand side bar) and select Map network drive. (The location of this may vary depending on the version of Windows that you are running)
  7. Enter the following URL: \\docs.live.net@SSL\1234567890abcdef\Xyz
  8. Replace “Xyz” with the folder name you noted and that you want to map
  9. Choose a drive letter, and submit the dialog.
  10. You will be prompted for your Windows Live ID, then sign in
  11. Now you should be able to access all the files and subfolders within your SkyDrive folder, including copying, pasting, and editing files directly!

Note: You may need to replace “Documents” with “^2Documents” and “Public” with “^2Public”, although I did not find this necessary. I was able to map “\\docs.live.net@SSL\1234567890abcdef\Documents” directly

Credit: This is a slightly modified version of the post found here: http://windowslive.com/Connect/Post/11b12fa3-34fc-41d8-acc6-d92d09d6a85a