Use Windows Explorer to Access Your Windows Live SkyDrive Files

If you have a Windows Live account (e.g. Hotmail) I am sure you are taking advantage of the Microsoft’s Windows SkyDrive service, which offers 25 GB’s of FREE password protected online storage space that can be used to store, access and share files.


Normally, to copy files to and from your PC to your online SkyDrive space, you are required to log into the SkyDrive service through your web browser. Today I want to expose you to a new utility, called SkyDrive Explorer, that will allow you to access and manage your SkyDrive files through Windows Explorer.

Now the thing I want directly point out here is that SkyDrive Explorer is currently in beta, was a little buggy (during my testing), and is developed by a third party developer (not Microsoft).  This app looks very promising and could change the way you manage your SkyDrive space from within Windows Explorer. I recommend you keep an eye on this one.


Features (as described by the developers):

  • View the structure and contents of folders in SkyDrive™;
  • View files information (type, size, creation date in GMT format);
  • Create new root folders and subfolders;
  • Copy files into the storage;
  • Delete files and folders;
  • Copy files from the storage to the computer;
  • Copy folders and subfolders from the storage to the computer keeping their structure;
  • Use Drag & Drop for files operations;
  • Rename files and folders;
  • Create links to SkyDrive™ folders on your computer.

SkyDrive Explorer uses the standard Microsoft library for work with Windows Live Id services. Your personal information does not leave this library and even is not passed to SkyDrive Explorer engine. Also, the traffic with online storage goes through HTTPS protocol that protects data from snoopers.

SkyDrive Explorer works both in 32- and 64-bit Microsoft® Windows OS. Minimal required OS is Windows XP, and SkyDrive Explorer will successfully work in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and Windows 7.


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6 thoughts on “Use Windows Explorer to Access Your Windows Live SkyDrive Files

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    1. Zach,

      Thanks for sharing the comment about Gladinet with the readers… I too am a user of Gladinet!

      SkyDrive Explorer, which will exclusively be accessing SkyDrive files, will be a winner. I’m looking forward to the continued development of this app.




  1. I hope that somebody would right a program allowing us to access Yahoo Mail’s unlimited storage space from Windows Explorer, just like GmailDrive.


  2. Thanks for the tip here, I just started to use skydrive. I will try this out. Also saw the comment from Zach about Gladinet. Will check that one out too. Thanks for the info.


    1. Cappydawg,

      Zach’s comment about Gladinet is right on target… It is an excellent app. You can get the Starter edition here [ link ] .

      Skydrive Explorer has a few bugs in it with Windows 7 and they are working on them. It is a great app also and will only get better.



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