Recently we covered mapping Skydrive to a drive letter in Windows 7 using Office 2010. Although the process is very simple, right after posting the How-To a Groovy reader asked the question:
“I would like to have SkyDrive in ‘My Computer’ but I’m not using Windows Office 2010… Is there any other way to get this done, not using Windows Office?”
Um yeah, that’s a good point. The good news is, I have a good answer! You don’t need Office 2010 to Map a Windows Live Skydrive to your Windows 7 PC! Here, let me show you how!
How To Mount Skydrive To A Drive Letter Without Using Windows Office
1. Click the Windows Start Menu Orb and then Right-Click Computer and Select Map network drive…
2. In the Folder line, Type or Paste in the following*:
Once you’ve typed it in, leave this window open and start up your internet browser.
*Note: To connect to My Documents instead, change ^2Public to ^2Documents
3. In your browser visit http://skydrive.live.com/ and sign-in. Once you’ve logged in the URL in the address bar should change to a cid-######.skydrive.live.com format. Copy the # part after cid-.
Example: In http://cid-5db77efa3c.skydrive.live.com/ copy only “ 5db77efa3c “
4. Paste and replace the number from the skydrive URL over the text that says ##onlineIDnumber##.
Example: My Folder line would now read “ \[email protected]5db77efa3c^2Public “
Once you’re ready, Click Finish to connect.
5. You’ll be prompted for a username and password. Type in your Windows Live credentials and Click OK.
Did it work? If you followed the directions above you should now have direct access to your Skydrive and we didn’t even need to use Microsoft Office 2010 to do it!
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