Windows 7: How to Map SkyDrive Folders as Network Drives

If you use Microsoft’s SkyDrive for storing or sharing files, you can create mapped network drives that are easily accessible from your applications as well as the operating system itself.

1. Go to SkyDrive and login to your account.

2. In the address bar, after the http://, look at the address. Between the cid- and the, you will see a set of numbers and letters (your ID number). Copy the ID number, as you will need it later.

3. Go to the Windows Orb (Start button).

4. Right-click Computer.

5. Select Map Network Drive from the resulting menu.

6. Use the Drive dropdown to select the desired Drive letter.

7. In the Folder textbox, input \\\your_skydrive_id_number\^2Documents where your_skydrive_id_number is the ID number you copied back in step 2. This will map the drive to your My Documents folder on SkyDrive.

To map the drive to your Public folder, use \\\your_skydrive_number\^2Public

8. Click the Finish button.

9. After a few seconds, Windows will ask you for your credentials, input your SkyDrive username and password, click the Remember my credentials checkbox and click the OK button.

Your mapped drive will be created.


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27 Responses to “Windows 7: How to Map SkyDrive Folders as Network Drives”

  1. August 30, 2010 at 9:27 am, Jimmyjazz said:

    Very nice tip!, thank you!


    • September 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm, Rams_tamang03 said:

      hi k6 yar


  2. August 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm, Dsneidert said:

    Does not work for me…



  3. September 07, 2010 at 5:30 am, Rilloyd said:

    Anyone notice issues with different file formats being copied over? I am having issues copying files with jpg over but not a jpg changed to pdf or doc


    • February 02, 2011 at 5:44 am, Ghaas08 said:

      same here


    • April 09, 2011 at 6:30 pm, Bob C said:

      same here


  4. September 25, 2010 at 7:42 am, Vuitton said:

    Speechless! Excellent post
    Thank you, you have been most helpful.


  5. November 27, 2010 at 3:49 am, Xamian said:

    wow it actually worked! awesome, thanks so much


  6. March 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm, Calories said:

    Hello, I followed this to the letter and it mapped the drive, thanks. But when I try to drag and drop a file it tells me the file is to big. This happens with any size fize and most types. Only file i have been able to copy was a txt file with a single word in it. Any thoughts on why this happens?????


    • April 05, 2011 at 5:52 am, gump said:

      mapping it this way only allows you to upload document file types. like .txt, .ppt, .doc, etc. Unfortunately youll still have to use external programs like SDExplorer for this to work.


  7. March 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm, Mr.Element79 said:

    Windows cannot access

    Error code: 0×80070035
    The network path was not found.


    • April 06, 2011 at 7:49 pm, Jbeach said:

      You need to enter your Skydrive number in place of “my_skydrive_number”

      Step 2 in the directions.


  8. May 17, 2011 at 7:45 am, mr-data said:

    If you haven’t discovered it yet, there’s a pretty easy way around the problem with adding any files besides those used by MS¬†Office: Simply re-name to “.doc” or add this ending to the existing file-ending, upload your file, and restore to the original file-ending.¬†


  9. July 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm, AlexC2 said:

    Hi! Followed the instructions, but still the same error.
    Now I know this a Windows Server 2008 R2 issue, security related.
    Any workaround?


  10. November 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm, M said:

    Thanks, clear, concise and simple. Brilliant.


  11. December 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm, Miller said:

    Excellent … 5 stars vote


  12. December 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm, webguy said:

    The only thing I am worried about is permissions, is public the default when I upload using explorer?


  13. December 28, 2011 at 1:09 am, dlagrew said:

    I am going to share this with many. Thank you very much!


  14. March 04, 2012 at 10:39 pm, PODbot said:

    AAAAA !!!! ! !
    !!! ! ! AAA AA ! !! A

    how can I find out my skydrive ID ????

    AA A A ! ! ! ! A A !


  15. March 11, 2012 at 6:48 am, TK said:

    if not found in the URL then the skydrive ID can be seen in the bottom left cornor of the browser if you mouse-over the SkyDrive word in the top menu


  16. March 21, 2012 at 11:19 am, Miguel said:

    hello !

    There is an error in the address:


    In my case, it finally works with this:


    (without the ^2).




  17. March 22, 2012 at 7:46 am, riick said:

    every time i reset my machine the dive does not connect again have to create new one evry time……PLEASE HELP


  18. April 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm, qwikquote tech support said:

    Just one Key point – do not forget to logon as the very built-in user Administrator in case you get difficult in setup mapped driver on Windows 7.


  19. November 06, 2012 at 4:03 pm, Vincent said:


    I was trying to do so, but it didn’t work.

    In my case, before uploading any docs, decided to delete the entire content (folders and files)

    What would be the URL if I want to map to the root on my Skydrive?

    Btw, I found another solution and it works : (But it’s always prompting me for my password when I start the PC)

    In what is this different? Is yours better, more secure, or just the same?

    Best Regards,



  20. September 18, 2013 at 7:16 am, Shahid said:

    For some reason i was not able to access folders. It kept asking for my username and password which I entered correctly.

    I am able to log in directly but not able to map drive.


  21. December 23, 2013 at 10:11 am, Greg said:

    will not accept my creds, pulling my hair out!


  22. January 16, 2014 at 6:35 am, zaccariah connell said:

    for some reason i get to the credentials bit i enter my username and password and it come up with i do not have the permissions to do it.


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