Windows Live SkyDrive Explorer

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 29, 2009
Updated • Aug 3, 2010
Software, Windows

windows software Windows Live SkyDrive is an online service that is offering free storage space for Windows Live users. Every Windows Live user gets currently 25 Gigabytes of storage space in the cloud which can be filled with photos, videos, documents and other files. The only restriction in place is a file size limit of 50 Megabytes per file. Files can be shared publicly which makes them accessible for users without a Windows Live ID.

The free software program SkyDrive Explorer integrates the Windows Live SkyDrive storage space in Windows Explorer. It will display a new SkyDrive Explorer icon in the My Computer menu after installation. A login to Windows Live is required to access the data that is stored in Windows Live SkyDrive. The program will automatically display the login window with options to store the login data for easier usage.

windows live skydrive

SkyDrive Explorer currently offers the following functionality:

  • 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 makes it easier to work with files that are hosted at the Windows Live SkyDrive service. It provides access to some features that are not offered by the web service itself including multi-file-operations like renaming, deleting or copying multiple files or folders. The standard Microsoft library for Windows Live ID services is used which means that the personal information are not passed to the SkyDrive Explorer engine. The traffic between the local computer system and the online storage uses the https protcol to protect against network snooping.

Windows Live SkyDrive Explorer is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The program executables can be downloaded from the developer's website.


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  1. Sonjay Lodh said on September 1, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I Need Windows Microsoft Skydrive Software Install In My Computer .

  2. Zarabianie przez Internet ! said on January 7, 2012 at 3:03 am

    It?s actually a nice and useful piece of info. I am happy that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Tobey said on November 6, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Looks very tempting, gotta give it a shot. Thank you for sharing.

  4. sapsan said on November 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    SkyDrive Explorer 1.1 Beta
    has been released. Accidental Win 7 Explorer crash was fixed.

  5. Oss said on October 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    It does not work for me.

  6. Jim said on October 30, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Great stuff. Gladinet has never worked for me due to restrictions at university in terms of the proxy and firewall. This works great.

    Is there any way to assign the explorer folder a drive letter or map it as a network drive so that I can use backup tools on it?

    1. zach said on October 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm

      The latest Gladinet version has proxy support.

      1. Jim said on November 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm

        It still does not work unfortunately – gladinet developers are unable to diagnose my issues and hence I am unable to use it.

        Having now had a better play with this, I seem to having difficulties with this also. Folders don’t show up and I am unable to copy anything.

        I will have to stick with the multiple hard drive backups for now.

  7. Transcontinental said on October 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

    SkyDrive Explorer 1.0 Beta did not manage its way on my system at this time. Does anyone have a successful experience?
    I like the idea, and SkyDrive with its 25Gigs is interesting. I’d like to get this software to work, will be following its development.

  8. CGA said on October 30, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Gladinet, at least for me, was slow as molasses and created a crapload of cache files which it didn’t clean up after itself.

  9. Domdom said on October 29, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I’d like to use Skydrive but with a Sync tool. With Gladinet, dates are messed up so it doesnt work. Is it better with Skydrive explorer?

  10. JS said on October 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I’m using Gladinet now. The only problem is I can’t using F5 (Copy) hotkey to move multiple files in FreeCommander or TotalCommander. Otherwise, Gladinet is ideal for SkyDrive, Picasa web, Google Docs…….

  11. Rick said on October 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    CGA, why don’t you like Gladinet? I’m using it for Windows Live SkyDrive and Google, and I’m curious to know why it doesn’t cut it for you.

  12. CGA said on October 29, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Big thanks for this tip, man have I been waiting for something like this, Gladinet just doesn’t cut it for me.

  13. rob said on November 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I actually installed this and it can be a coincidence but I think it may actually be an ingenious phising scam. It is ALL over on popular news sites to download it but shortly after I did (and used my junk hotmail, not my live mail) I logged into my hotmail, and saw a ton of nondeliverables and emails from friends saying they got spam from me (and it was my hotmail which i never use to send email anymore) and it was sent shortly after I installed this program. Its ingenious because the program DOES work, but I do think it is sending your hotmail login info to the creator. Until someone tells me otherwise, be VERY careful of this.

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