SkyDrive integration is one of the tons of features introduced with Windows 8.1 update. While the SkyDrive integration is handy for users who prefer signing-in with Microsoft account, users who have a local account can’t enjoy the SkyDrive integration without having to switch to the Microsoft account.
As you should know by now, the official SkyDrive desktop client refuses to get installed in Windows 8.1 and the Modern (Metro) UI app that ships with Windows 8.1 also prompts you switch to the Microsoft account.
In one of our earlier posts titled how to access SkyDrive without Microsoft account in Windows 8.1 guide we showed you how to add SkyDrive to Windows 8.1 File Explorer without the help of third-party tools. The method is pretty useful for users who wish to manage SkyDrive account without switching to the Microsoft account.
As we mentioned earlier in this post, the official SkyDrive desktop client doesn’t work in Windows 8.1. While there are some quality third-party SkyDrive desktop client software available for Windows 8.1, syncDriver for SkyDrive is another feature-rich software to manage your SkyDrive files right from your desktop in Windows 8.1.
Installing and setting up your SkyDrive account with syncDriver is fairly simple. Once the program is installed, you’ll see a small dialog box asking your SkyDrive’s email address and password. Finally, you’ll be asked to select a root folder, the folder where all synced files will be stored. You can then add the root folder to the Favorites in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer for quick access.
Just like other SkyDrive clients, syncDriver also automatically uploads files to your SkyDrive account, automatically downloads files, and uses SSL encryption for file transfer.
By default settings, syncDriver doesn’t add your SkyDrive’s drive to This PC (Computer). In order to add SkyDrive’s drive, you need to right-click on the syncDriver icon running in the system tray, click Options to open settings dialog, and then assign a drive letter by selecting an available letter from the dropdown menu next to Assign drive letter to the synchronized folder option.
Also, syncDriver doesn’t automatically load with Windows. If you don’t want to manually launch the program after each restart, you can enable Start on system start-up option present under Options dialog.