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SkyDrive Explorer – Access Live SkyDrive From Windows Explorer

I covered way to create a skydrive drive in Windows Explorer so that it can be easier to access the files. But the method required a 3rd party tool which was too complex for most users, it ran from the system tray and took quite some memory. With the arrival of Microsoft Office 2010, Skydrive will become a central location to store all documents.

But how would you access these documents from the desktop, upload files, or download them quickly? SkyDrive Explorer is the first app that is dedicated to Windows Live Skydrive service. It is a Windows Explorer extension which adds SkyDrive Explorer drive in Computers.

SkyDrive Explorer

Just double-click this drive and use Windows Live login credentials to login. This will load all your files and folders inside SkyDrive. Now you can use this drive just like other drives, it supports drag & drop, allows users to create a new file or folder directly, and much more. You have 25Gb of free space and each file should be 50MB or less, which is enough for most users.

SkyDrive Explorer main

It is the first release and still in beta, so don’t expect it to run seamlessly. Even though it is said to work on 64-bit OS too, it crashed my Windows Explorer(using Windows 7). You can give it a shot to check if it works fine on your side. The crash of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 has now been fixed in the latest version.

Download SkyDrive Explorer

It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. The benefit of this tool is that it doesn’t require any additional components or ActiveX Controls, it works directly with SkyDrive service. Enjoy!


  1. Hi,
    I tried it, works perfect
    I hope they release a version that can open files directly and drag and drop it in between folders on the skydrive, because that's not working right now.

    • They do not store any user credentials. They simply connect users directly to their SkyDrive account. So there is no need to worry about your privacy.

    • The author *maybe* from romania – The footer of the page has a “site designed by” which takes you to a site whose “contact us” is romania.

      It surprises me that the author could have added a 'about' link somewhere on the site.

  2. The problem with GDrive is that files are limited to 10MB, whilst SkyDrive as a dedicated on-line storage service, authorizes 50MB files and… 25GB of storage. So a tool such as SkyDrive Explorer is welcome ; unfortunately I haven't been able to get it to work successfully (version 1.0 Beta), on an XP SP3 system. It did establish the connection since LiveID and password were recognized, but was unable to read/write my SkyDrive folders…
    But this is a beta stage, right? I'll be following this application's development.

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