Mapping SkyDrive as a folder on Windows RT

23-Dec / Windows 8 / 4 COMMENTS

There’s a neat little SkyDrive service for the grown-up version of Windows 8 which integrates SkyDrive into the local file system – which is sadly missing on Windows RT. While the Windows Store App version of SkyDrive is awesome, people (like me) do like a File Explorer integration. Here’s a quick tutorial explaining how to map SkyDrive as a network drive on any version of Windows – including Windows 8.

Step 1: Find Your SkyDrive User ID

Every SkyDrive user is identified with a short ID, allowing Microsoft to assign each user his own individual folder. In order to find your user ID, log into the SkyDrive web application by opening https://skydrive.live.com in your web browser. Once you click on “files” in the left sidebar, the URL visible in your address bar should change to “https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=” followed by your user id. Copy that!

Step 2: Map SkyDrive as Network Folder

On your Windows RT device (ie a Surface), open “Computer” in File Explorer. On the top bar you should find the option to “map a network drive”. The following dialog asks you for a folder address – enter https://d.docs.live.net/ directly followed by the user id you just copied. Once you confirmed your input, Windows will ask for a user id and a password – use the same E-Mail address and password you use with SkyDrive. Some people reported that they had to check check “Use different credentials”. Voila, a couple of seconds later you should see your SkyDrive mapped as a proper drive in your file explorer.

SkyDrive Surface Windows RT
  1. 4 Comments
  2. Pushkar
    Dec 25, 2012 at 7:30 am

    If we can have skydrive as a network folder, can we enable offline sync (http://www.ampercent.com/offline-files-windows7-network/7391/) to have offline access to skydrive in windows rt ??

    I don’t have a RT device so cannot verify.

  3. Stuart Macrae
    Dec 28, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Hi Felix,

    I just want to let you know how much I appreciated this post. I am looking forward to reading more of your tips and tricks in the future.


  4. Ramon
    Feb 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Also works on Windows 8 (Pro).

  5. Ben
    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Sweet, came here from The Verge.

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