Change The Default Location Of SkyDrive Folder In Windows

Microsoft’s newly released SkyDrive client for Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems lets SkyDrive users to easily view, manage and upload files to your SkyDrive account. The service offers 7GB free space to new users and 25GB free space for loyal SkyDrive users.

SkyDrive Location

By default, the SkyDrive setup creates a folder in C:\Users\UserName (C is your Windows installation drive) directory. Whenever you move or drag-and-drop a file to the SkyDrive folder it will automatically sync with the cloud and a copy will be available in the folder for the offline access. Now the problem is that if you have very little free space on your Windows drive, you won’t be able to sync large files.

While the setup allows you change the default location of the SkyDrive folder during the installation, chances are that you have proceeded with the default location. If you want to change the default location after setting up the account, you need to follow the instructions given below.

Procedure:

Step 1: Do a right-click on the SkyDrive application icon in the system tray and click Settings to open Microsoft SkyDrive settings dialog box.

Change Default Location of SkyDrive Client

Step 2: Switch to About tab. Here, you will see Unlink SkyDrive button. By unlinking SkyDrive, your files will no longer be kept up-to-date with your SkyDrive account. That is, you are logging out of the SkyDrive. Worry not!

Change Default Location Of SkyDrive Client In Windows

Step 3: Click On Unlink SkyDrive button. This action will open the SkyDrive client setup screen. Please make sure that the client isn’t uploading files to the cloud.

Step 4: Click on Get Started button. In the following screen, enter your Windows Live ID and password to login.

Change Default Location Of SkyDrive Client In Windows Step1

Change Default Location Of SkyDrive Client In Windows Step2

Step 5: In the next screen, you will be given an option to change the SkyDrive default location. Click on Change button to select the location you wish and click Next button. Click Next button and finally click Done button to finish the setup.

Change Default Location Of SkyDrive Client In Windows Step3

You are done! The client will connect to the cloud and download all files. You can now delete the old SkyDrive folder located in the default location.

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Comments

  1. Gene LeGrande Hickman Jr. says

    After using the instructions above was able to move my Skydrive folder where I wanted it to go. But I cannot delete the old inactive Skydrive folder! How do I do this?

  2. Gary Turner says

    This still creates a folder called \skydrive.

    I wish to use an existing folder called \admin where all of my important files are located. Can do in dropbox.

  3. Dan says

    I tried to change the default location as described above with no success. I want the Skydrive folder to be located on an external drive; it appears that Skydrive wants to use a local drive. Google Drive works fine in this regard.

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