Map Skydrive Using A URL Address [How-To]

Groovy Windows 7 How-To, Tricks, and TipsRecently 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 great point. The good news is, I have a great 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.

how to map a network drive in windows 7


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

insert the skydrive url into the Folder box


3. In your browser visit and sign-in.  Once you’ve logged in the URL in the address bar should change to a format.  Copy the # part after cid-.

Example: In copy only “ 5db77efa3c “

find your windows live id online


4. Paste and replace the number from the skydrive URL over the text that says ##onlineIDnumber##.

Example: My Folder line would now read “ \^2Public “

Once you’re ready, Click Finish to connect.

paste your windows live id into map network drive


5. You’ll be prompted for a username and passwordType in your Windows Live credentials and Click OK.

enter your windows live credentials


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!

windows live skydrive mounted in windows 7


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  1. shockersh  

    This is sweet. BTW – I tried to login using your ID to hack ya heheh but I needed your PW. ;)

    • You’d need my pw, and my REAL id #. I’m glad it works for you though!

      • Jeff  

        I have been trying all these things to map my skydrive and i keep getting a windows can not access error. i have tried on windows 7 laptop and windows vista pc.
        any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  2. VINOD  

    Does this work in Windows XP SP2. If not please give a solution for XP SP2 too.


    • goLfie  

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t work in Windows XP, the only difference would be the location of “Map A Network Drive” which would be in one of the File menus at the top once you open My Computer.

      And why use SP2? Get SP3!… or upgrade to Win 7.

  3. Richard  

    I get this message:
    Error Code: 0x90070035
    The network path was not found.

    Using Windows 7.
    What does this mean?

  4. Does not work on win7 either.

  5. Tom  

    Hi, I tried this, but when I follow the steps and finally click on finish, it asks me to log in twice, and then it says no access to “\\\eb2af38eb77672ad\^2Documenten”
    and in details it says “errorcode 0x80070043 can’t find networkname” (freely translated from dutch ….. )
    Since I don’t have a folder called public I used a folder called ‘Documenten’ and I also used the right username and password of my hotmail account to log in, so I don’t know what the problem might be.

    any suggestions would be appreciated


  6. jamesbean  

    I’ve tried to network map Skydrive over and over, using this method and all others that I’ve read about on the Web, and it NEVER works. It always asks me for my username and password, which I enter correctly, then after about 10 seconds it again asks for my username and password. It never accepts my username and password, even though I know I am inputting it correctly as I have logged into my Skydrive Web account millions of times before.

    This is so frustrating. I even tried turning off Windows firewall, thinking that was the problem. To no avail. Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated!

    • jamesbean  

      I found the solution to my problem. I had to uncheck the “automatically detect settings” box within the IE browser (Internet Options, Connections tab, LAN settings).

      I’m very happy now! Hope this helps anyone else facing this issue.

      • Richard  

        Indeed, this solved my problem too!

  7. imnotrich  

    Does not work for me, stuck in a loop asking for may password. I enter the correct password, and the password dialog box comes up again. But hey this is the farthest I’ve ever gotten so the OP must be on the right track – other suggestions culled from the web failed miserably.

  8. David Ritchie  

    Is it possible to mount the whole drive and not individual folders?

    • zoso967  

      create a SkyDrive folder and put all your subfolders below that one and map to it …

  9. Aaron  

    Also stuck in a loop asking for login and password.

    • Just re-tested it, you might need to Click the box “Login using different credentials.”

      In both password boxes that appear, type in your for username and the password you use for that account.

      After you click connect the connection may look like it is still connecting, but it will actually be connected. Go to My Computer and you will see it as the drive letter you assigned to the mount.

      • fuhRealDoe  

        Why don’t you just re-write this thing. You obviously left a lot to be desired.

  10. Alex Le  

    IT WORKS!… but BOY it’s SLOOOOOOW….

    i’m my 7 x64 upload speed is……………….. 15.8KB/second

    thanks anyway for great insight, much appreciated!

  11. Michael Lurch  

    This maps a drive to my public folder. I don’t want the documents that I upload to be publicly available so I changed “^2Public” to “^2Documents”.

  12. Ubuntu?  

    anyone had succes connecting in linux?

  13. jordan  

    I tried this in windows xp sp2 and right after typing in the folder and clicking finish it says ” The mapped network drive could not be created because the following error has occured: The specified server cannot perform the requested operation.”

  14. Thomas  

    I’m also stuck in password loop :-(

  15. Rich  

    It worked for me on Win 7 only after I took out the ^2. I also had to click “Connect using different credentials”.

    Mapping a drive letter on your PC won’t magically make your broadband run faster.

    Thanks for the tip.

    • BarDev  

      Im on Win7 and This worked. I tried everything above his comments. Thanks

  16. I had trouble getting this working so I created a blog entry here with all the steps I needed to take:

    • Thnx for the link – btw – nice blog. Nice and clean!

  17. Colo  

    The problem lies with Microsoft. Skydrive is not meant for real use. You can upload folders full of Word and Excel files but little else.

    I tried to upload some fonts. It said the font files were too big. I changed the font file’s extension to .doc. They uploaded easily. I then changed the extensions back to .otf. Skydrive allowed this.

    I wasn’t even able to upload .jpg files into the Photos mapped drive. Very odd.

  18. Dale  

    To Colo, if this works successfully for other people, how is it Microsoft’s fault that you cant use it successfully?

  19. Beb  

    I was able to mount my Documents folder using this tip, but not my Public folder.

    Then I noticed that, when I was logged into the Skydrive website, files in my “My Documents” folder had /.Documents/ in the URL, whereas files in my Public folder had /Public/ in the URL. I hazarded a guess that the ^2 in ^2Documents represented the period and tried to mount my Public folder with /Public instead of /^2Public.


    Thanks for the help.

  20. Chelsea  

    I am having trouble with with the .jpgs, too. Is there a way around this? Help!

  21. liam  

    OK for a concise version that works in 30 seconds
    1. ..unzip the program + dll to c:\ and run from command line
    2. copy paste the dumped url into your map network drive folder path
    3. replace any ‘/’ forward slashes with ‘\’ back slashes
    4. Click finish enter your user/pass and its done

  22. liam  

    also in Win7.. go to Internet options -> Local Intranet -> Sites ..
    add an entry for ‘z:’ or whatever letter the network drive is mapped to
    this disables the annoying popup saying you are trying to download files from the internet every time you want to open a document within the drive

  23. Cognus  

    again, G’post, I much appreciate this work. will give it a shot and post my findings to add to this important little piece. As a marketeer in the ‘patch’, I would think that at least at this acceptance phase, MS will want to enhance this sort of approach: they should want their “cloud” enticement to work as effortlessly and seamlessly as local fileshare. the one that masters this will sweep the early adopters

  24. mike david willians  

    hello this only works on windows 7 or windows xp can do?

    • cory  

      it would not work on my Samsung G990 netbook running windows 7 Starter edition nor would it work on my Crypton Py8000 desktop machine running Vista Ultimate!


  25. tried it  

    got it mapped, but so slow that I can’t really use it as ‘just another drive’

    • mike david willians  


  26. cory  

    this does not work in vista ultimate or 7 starter

    please help!

  27. cory  

    i have an easier way out of this though i use windows live mesh to sync a virtual drive!


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  29. Pauline  

    OK, Thanks for the information on how to set up a map drive, workes great. My question, problem, is-How can I make it go to a folder that is not public, I do not want my private documents going to a public folder. Please help. Thanks

  30. chintu  

    there is a problem while copying ant thing like pics to mapped drive its saying “FILE TOO LARGE” what shoud i do now

    • matt  

      have you fiqured out what was wrong, I am having the same issue

  31. Japeth The Goath  

    When I set this during mounting proccess:
    it’s start to working :)

  32. Trish  

    You nailed it! I tried MANY suggested ways and yours was the one that finally worked. Thanks!

  33. Satvik  

    Thanks man it worked for me

  34. matt  

    I got it to mount, I can copy things that are in it, but when ever I try to upload something to it, no matter its size its says the file is too large for the destination file system? and there is MORE then enough space?

    • Akhil  

      Just type “maaghia,bedhei chhua” & try again

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