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:
- Open your browser, and navigate to http://skydrive.live.com/
- Sign in with your Windows Live ID
- Copy the UID part of the displayed URL. You can see this highlighted in red in the example – https://cid-1234567890abcdef.skydrive.live.com/
- Leave SkyDrive open and take note of one of your folder names – the one that we are going to map
- Open Windows Explorer/Computer
- 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)
- Enter the following URL: \\docs.live.net@SSL\1234567890abcdef\Xyz
- Replace “Xyz” with the folder name you noted and that you want to map
- Choose a drive letter, and submit the dialog.
- You will be prompted for your Windows Live ID, then sign in
- 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