How to Install and Use SkyDrive for Windows on Your Surface

For the easiest access to SkyDrive, install Microsoft’s SkyDrive for Windows program on your Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet and your desktop PC. To keep things simple, SkyDrive for Windows places a handy SkyDrive folder in the Navigation pane of every folder on your Windows desktop.

Anytime you add folders or files to your computer’s SkyDrive folder, SkyDrive automatically synchronizes them with your SkyDrive space on the Internet. That makes those files available to all of your computers, tablets, and phones.

To download and install the desktop’s SkyDrive for Windows program and begin stocking your SkyDrive account with files, follow these steps:

  1. From the Windows desktop, download and install SkyDrive for Windows.

    Open Internet Explorer on the Windows desktop, and then visit the SkyDrive for Windows website. Follow the instructions to download and install SkyDrive for Windows onto your Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet, as well as your desktop PC.

    That same website also offers apps for your Android, Apple, and Windows phones, so they can access your SkyDrive-stored files, as well.

    Tablets with Windows RT can’t install SkyDrive for Windows on the desktop. Instead, install SkyDrive for Windows on your home PC, and then move to step 2.

  2. Decide whether to make your PC or tablet’s files available to other devices, and then tap the Done button.

  3. When asked, sign in with your Microsoft account.

    As SkyDrive finishes installing on your desktop, it asks you to sign in with your Microsoft account. Here, you type in the same e-mail address and password you use when signing onto your Surface with a Microsoft account.

  4. Open the SkyDrive folder.

    When you finish downloading, installing, and signing into SkyDrive, the program places a SkyDrive folder in the Navigation pane of every folder on your desktop.

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  5. Copy files and folders to SkyDrive folder.

    The SkyDrive folder works like any other folder on your PC. You can drag and drop folders and files into it, or you can copy and paste files into it.

Feel free to add files you might need while on the road: favorite photos, for example, favorite music, and backups of important files.

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