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SkyDrive: Windows 8.1's Cloud Storage

Microsoft SkyDrive, a type of cloud storage, is included for free in Windows 8.1. Cloud storage is a term used to describe services that enable you to store files on remote servers across the Internet. [more…]

How to Share Stuff with SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

Because files that you store in the cloud (in Windows 8.1, it's called SkyDrive) can be easily shared between different devices and even different users, file sharing becomes almost second nature. [more…]

How to Share Windows 8.1 SkyDrive Folders

Although you need a Microsoft account to create and use your Windows 8.1 SkyDrive folders, you can share folders with people who don’t have Microsoft accounts. People who share your SkyDrive folders only [more…]

How to Access SkyDrive from Windows 8.1

In Windows 8, SkyDrive came as a separate desktop program. Windows 8.1, by contrast, builds SkyDrive directly into Windows: You can access your SkyDrive storage space from any desktop folder. However, [more…]

How You Can Avoid SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

Microsoft thinks SkyDrive will appeal to everybody. Unless you choose otherwise, Windows 8.1 begins storing many of your newly created files in the SkyDrive Documents folder. Any snapshots you take with [more…]

How to Manage SkyDrive Files from the Windows 8.1 Desktop

Unlike Windows 8, Windows 8.1 places SkyDrive in every folder’s Navigation Pane, where it’s easily accessible. There, SkyDrive works like any other folder but with one exception: Moving files to SkyDrive [more…]

How to Make Your SkyDrive Files from Windows 8.1 Available Offline

When you don’t have Internet access, your Windows 8.1 SkyDrive content remains out of reach. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep a copy of your SkyDrive folders on both your computer and SkyDrive, with your computer [more…]

Managing Files from the Windows 8.1 Desktop with SkyDrive

The Start screen’s SkyDrive app works quite well with SkyDrive, letting you shuttle files between your PC and the cloud. But in Windows 8.1, the Start screen’s SkyDrive app also works as a file manager [more…]

What Is SkyDrive?

SkyDrive is an Internet-based storage platform offered for free by Microsoft to anyone with a Microsoft account. Think of it as a hard drive in the cloud, which you can share, with a few extra benefits [more…]

How to Access the Windows 8.1 Tiled Metro SkyDrive

Microsoft’s tiled Metro SkyDrive app in Windows 8.1 leaves much to be desired, but it’s not a bad place to get your feet wet. Follow these steps to access SkyDrive via the tiled SkyDrive app: [more…]

How to Work with Files in the Windows 8.1 Metro SkyDrive App

There are limited things you can do with Microsoft’s tiled Metro SkyDrive app. Here’s how to work with files in SkyDrive when you access SkyDrive via the tiled Metro SkyDrive app: [more…]

How to Use SkyDrive on Your Windows 8.1 Desktop

If you want to use SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 (as opposed to just playing with it in the tiled Metro SkyDrive app), you need to flip over to your old-fashioned desktop. [more…]

How to Run SkyDrive on the Web

By far the most options and the best controls for the SkyDrive app that shipped with Windows 8.1 are on the web. The option you'll use most? Sharing.

While it’s true that you can right-click a file or folder [more…]

The SkyDrive Fetch Feature

The Windows 8.1 SkyDrive app's Fetch feature lets you go into any computer that’s logged on with your Microsoft account and retrieve files on the computer. [more…]

How to Run an Error Check on a Drive from Windows 8.1

If a drive starts acting weird (for example, you see error messages when trying to open a file, or Windows 8.1 crashes in unpredictable ways, or a simple file copy takes hours instead of minutes), run [more…]

How to Set Up Storage Spaces in Windows 8.1

Even though you can set up Storage Spaces in Windows 8.1 with just two hard drives — your C: system drive, plus one data drive.— you don’t get much benefit out of it until you move up to three drives: [more…]

How to Create Folders in Windows 8.1 to Organize Your Files

Don’t worry too much about creating folders, because the folders Windows 8.1 provides may be all you ever need. As you accumulate more files, however, placing them into other folders may help you stay [more…]

Adding External Hard Drives or Flash Drives on Windows 8.1 Machines

Before you attach a flash drive or hard drive to your computer, consider the following options Windows 8.1 automatically offers for using the newly attached disk: [more…]

Copying Files to or from Flash Drives on a Windows 8.1 Machine

Just like earlier versions of Windows, you can easily copy files to and from flash drives on your Windows 8.1 machine. All you need is a flash drive and one available USB port. [more…]

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