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How to map your MS-Windows Live Skydrive/Office online storage as a network share to work natively with cloud storage

This allows you access cloud storage files  (Note: works only for MS-Office files) as easily as within MS-Windows, and without having to deal with web browser incompatibilities.

Setup:

  1. If you know the URL of your MS-Office online Skydrive (how?),
  2. in Windows 7, go to Network / Map network drive:
  3. map network drive
  4. Enter the URL that SkyDrive gives you, make sure to change “https:”to “http:”, select a drive letter:
  5. map network drive-http1
  6. And voilà: An MS-Skydrive WebDAV location as a drive in your Windows Explorer:
  7. mapped-skydrive

Troubleshooting:

  1. if you have try this over the (restrictive) university wireless, you seem to get errors (“The file cannot be accessed by the system”):
  2. skydrive-mapping-wireless-error1
  3. Interestingly after  successfully receiving the authentication challenge from the resource
  4. If you have successfully mapped the drive over the non-wireless and then try to access it over the wireless, you may  get this (0x80070035: ”The network path was not found”):
  5. skydrive-mapping-wireless-error
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