Microsoft integrated its SkyDrive file synchronization and hosting service into the Window 8.1 operating system in a way that it is enabled automatically for users signing in to the system with a Microsoft Account.
Local account users on the other hand -- those users who prefer to not use a Microsoft Account -- cannot use the implementation and are also not allowed to make use of the official SkyDrive application as it simply won't install on Windows 8.1.
So what options do those users have if they want to access files on SkyDrive, provided that this is their file syncing service of choice?
They can access the data in the web browser, but that is everything but comfortable. While it may be okay for accessing the occasional file, adding, editing or removing files is everything but.
There is however a way to set up SkyDrive on Windows 8.1 if you use a local account, or if you have disabled the integrated version while using a Microsoft Account.
To enable access to SkyDrive on Windows 8.1, and other Windows operating systems for that matter, do the following:
When you click on it, all of your folders and files become available on Windows 8.1. This works on other Windows operating systems as well. (via Flgoo)
While you do get access to files hosted on SkyDrive directly in the operating system, you cannot make use of other features that Microsoft implemented on Windows 8.1. This includes the syncing of personalization data for example.
Still, if you use a local account on Windows 8.1, this is one of the best options to integrate SkyDrive on the system.
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