How To: Map Network Skydrive Folder on Windows & Surface RT

How To: Map Network Skydrive Folder on Windows & Surface RT

With the brand new Surface RT with Microsoft Windows RT installed, there are some limitations that are in place as to what it can or can’t do. While the Windows 8 Pro version can do anything you’d do on a desktop (since it’s the same OS), as I stated before in my comparison of Windows RT and Pro compatibility, RT can’t run programs in desktop mode except Microsoft Office 2013, Paint, Calculator, and the File Browser, and a few others. One of the things not included is having a Microsoft SkyDrive folder/drive in your file browser.

Where Is My Skydrive Folder?

Though you can access Microsoft SkyDrive either through the official Windows 8 app on both Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro, and through SkyDrive’s web page, only Windows 8 Pro (Surface Pro) will be able to use the Legacy Program for SkyDrive to map the network folder/drive in to the file browser and constantly sync between them. I can see the reason for Microsoft excluding this because if you had a 100gb SkyDrive account, the Surface RT and Asus Vivo tablets would easily fill up and run out of storage trying to sync.

Benefits to a Mapped SkyDrive Drive

The most immediate reason you’ll want to do this is to be able to access your SkyDrive files without going back and forth between the apps to share something, or better yet, need to upload a photo, music file, video, or document that’s stored in the cloud to Craigslist or something else through your web browser? This will provide a way to virtually expand your Surface RT or Windows RT devices limited storage with little to no-cost or upgrade. Though the best reason to do this is that you can sync your SkyDrive music, videos, and pictures to your Windows RT media library.

Mapping SkyDrive Folder onto Windows RT

  1. You’ll need to log into your SkyDrive account on your web browser:
  2. Then either right click the “Files” link and then select Copy Link OR you can just copy everything after the #CID=
    Microsoft SkyDrive Web Page to Put a Mapped Folder on Windows RT
  3. Open up the Windows File Browser on your Windows RT tablet, click on “Computer”, and then on the top Menu, click computer, then “Map Network Drive”
    Mapping Skydrive Folder on Surface RT and Windows RT
  4. Either right click and paste the link we copied earlier and delete everything except for the stuff after the #cid=
    OR, you can just start typing in put in the CID number so it looks like:
    Putting Skydrive folder in file browser for Windows RT and Surface RT
  5. Hit finish. Then click on the drive with all the weird letters and numbers, then login with your SkyDrive account information.
    Username = SkyDrive login e-mail
    Password is the same as your SkyDrive Password

Now you’re done and you can view and access your SkyDrive account as a mapped network drive on any Windows RT device! No more limited functions of the Windows Store App as long as you have a internet connection on your Microsoft Surface RT or Windows RT device!

Tip: You can also right click on the your mapped SkyDrive account on your Windows RT device and then select rename, and now you can have a nice short name to look at.



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    BurningOrange November 10, 2012

    Great, thanks for the tip !

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      Rashed November 10, 2012

      Welcome. Thanks for visiting!

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    chloe November 10, 2012

    I can now share with myself my notepad notes… (all that for that). Thank you so much!

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      Rashed November 10, 2012

      You’re welcome Chloe. Glad I could help you get such a big task done for you! Please do come back and share on your social networks. Thank you.

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    Giovanni November 10, 2012

    Let me ask… is it possible to choose an option like “Make available Off-line” in Windows RT-Explorer (“traditional” Windows would allow it)?

    If yes… we have a local replica of SkyDrive and we can synchronize files during logoff/logon (which is at least a good starting point). I only use 7 GB which is enough for me (and just in case I can set the local replication for single folders only)

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      Rashed November 10, 2012

      Giovanni, there is no option to make things available offline. It would be nice, but I think they did it as a way to prevent people from filling up the limited space available.

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    lewis shepherd November 13, 2012

    I’d love to be able to do this – and I appreciate you posting the solution – but when I try on my Surface, I get an error 0x80070043 “The network name cannot be found” …

    Any idea why that would be? It does appear to be looking for the (Skydrive) address, but then error pops up.

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      Rashed November 13, 2012

      Hi Lewis,
      Thank you for coming to my blog. For the error, did you remember to put the last “/” after your SkyDrive ID?

      If that doesn’t work, can you ping your skydrive address at least? If not, post back and I’ll try to help.

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        Rashed – excellent, I love simple solutions! It was indeed the missing last “/” … Worked like a charm. This is a very helpful fix, and again much appreciation. Thanks – lewis

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        Rashed November 14, 2012

        Awesome. Glad the simplest fix worked for you Lewis. Please do help me grow by sharing my page on social sites and follow me on G+ or twitter.

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    brandon November 15, 2012

    Pure Genius. Thank you!

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    Rhett November 19, 2012

    Many thanks – worked well

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    Bill November 22, 2012

    Without local, synchronized documents, Windows RT is not a viable solution for me. The device would be a perfect laptop replacement, but only if I can access my skydrive content while I’m unconnected – airplane, international travel, etc.. As long as I have the ability to selectively choose the folders to synch, I can manage the ‘space’ issue. Hopefully selective synch is added in a future update – otherwise, this thing is a boat anchor.

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      Rashed November 22, 2012

      I agree with you in many ways Bill. The SkyDrive app is pretty close to useless on it’s own and has to constantly go to the web interface to do something as simple as deleting a file.

      I want to have offline access to and I sadly don’t think it’s coming. Could be one of the things that’s a deal breaker for me as well…

      Anyway, thanks for coming to my blog and I hope it helped somewhat.

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    Alysson November 23, 2012


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    Krukje November 28, 2012

    It wont work on my surface tablet ๐Ÿ™
    I get the message that access denied. I am 100% sure all information is right. ๐Ÿ™ Could it be a problem with the recent update i did for my Surface?

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    Aaron December 03, 2012

    I tried but this didn’t work on my Surface with Windows RT. It gives me the “network not found” error. I did make sure to add the “/” after and still no luck. When I right click my Skydrive shortcut link it give me something like “ but I copied and pasted in the site. Any suggestions?


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    KNARCH December 07, 2012

    Worked like a charm…..if you don’t have it working – you did something wrong, try again!!!

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    d December 08, 2012

    Didn’t work. I tried several times. I just don’t know why =(

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      Rashed December 09, 2012

      What error are you getting?

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        D December 22, 2012

        Now it worked like a charm! Weeeeeird. Perhaps it was due to international settings… who knows. Anyways, thanks!

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    George December 08, 2012

    Awesome! Thank you!

    Is there a way to do the same for dropbox?

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    Ranjoy December 11, 2012

    Worked great! Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

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    qqqq December 11, 2012

    Works the first time I tried, such good feelings with it

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    Krystian Derhak December 28, 2012

    I’ve tried multiple times and its not working. I get error 0x80070043, can’t find the network. I checked and I do have the last dash after the network and it still doesn’t work. can you help? I’m running windows rt btw.

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      krystian December 29, 2012

      Oh I find my mistake! Thanks for the help!

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        Rashed December 31, 2012

        Heh, glad you figured it out. Most of the time it’s just a typo or incorrect password that gets people.

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    Nad December 29, 2012

    thanks Rashed! Worked great on my Surface

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      Rashed December 31, 2012

      You’re welcome! Glad I could help.

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    robert December 29, 2012

    This is a great workroumd, for now – so thanks for this – works well.

    Agree with all the comments, I need to sync folders and be able to work offlline.

    My only thought will be to drag files or folders to s local drive when I leave home / office and work on them and then drag them back on to the network drive when I have s web connection.

    Perfect solution assuming multiple users wont be working on the same files.

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      Rashed December 31, 2012

      Robert, I do wish there was a way to get it to sync. I think Microsoft slipped up and failed on SkyDrive integration. Just having the app isn’t enough and if the desktop client was put in by default for Windows RT, they’d get a lot more happy users/customers.

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    blinkdt January 02, 2013

    Nice, worked a treat Rashed. Seems to me that with SkyDrive’s recent ability to sync only SOME items to s given device, that this service would be made available to the Surface RT.

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    Robert January 02, 2013

    Thanks again for the article, a life saver.

    I noticed on the MS forum there was talk from a moderator saying it was intentional as the capacity of a SkyDrive account is greater than that of the RT. I would rather guess that its more an oversight or they ran out of time.

    Its up to the user to memory manage but selective folders would be the simple answer.

    I have a WP8 Nokia 920 and there are plenty of simple “oversights” there as well. Stupid even. You can’t attach a file to an email unless its a photo, however you can sent it from the SkyDrive / phone location so its impossible to attach multiple files or to a reply. #fail

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    Brian January 07, 2013

    Thanks Rashed! Very creative solution, you should offer to work for Microsoft.

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    Claus January 10, 2013

    Is there a way to do to automate the Connection to this skydrive link on Startup?
    I do not like to type in my user credentionals every time I restart.
    Any Change to do the same within a Batch file?

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      d January 10, 2013

      Just check “reconnect on startup” when creating the drive and check “save my credentials” (or so sorry, mine’s not an English version). I the best cases it reconnects automatically, if not… you just have to reconnect manually but don’t have to put your password again.

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    Chris January 10, 2013

    Oh thank god, I’ve been looking for a way to do this for a while on my surface, and thank you. This is genius!

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    Nick January 16, 2013

    Thank you so much!! This is a huge convenience when it comes to my job!… And I work for Microsoft! xD

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    Jeff Schertz (@jdscher) January 18, 2013

    For those of you running into problems (Network Name Not Found) but are sure you have the correct path try converting any letters in your ID string into lowercase . So if you copy your ID and it looks like “3A1FB4832892C0A7D” convert the string to “3a1fb4832892c0a7d” before entering it into the Map Network Drive ‘Folder’ field.

    So the Folder field would look like this (minus the spaces between https):

    h t t p s://

    Although file names in Windows are not case sensitive many web servers do distinguish between lowercase and uppercase characters differently, so on a hunch I modified my string like this and it resolved the problem.

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    WinObs January 18, 2013

    I just did this and a nice little feature was that the drive was named SkyDrive automatically once it was connected.

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    jonathan January 23, 2013


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    deniztortop January 25, 2013

    This is great stuff. Thank you for sharing!

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    Kyle January 31, 2013

    Perfect, I knew there had to be a way to do it.

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    corrision February 01, 2013

    nice one, thanks for that ๐Ÿ™‚

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    MikeA February 01, 2013

    It’s useless. It doesn’t sync with offline files so I may as well use my file manager or skydrive app. It was really short sighted of Microsoft to now allow an off-line skydrive folder in RT. Let me worry about whether it will take up too much space or not. I put my confidence in MS after being an iPad guy for years because MS always pulled crap like this and they pulled it again. I am now through with Microsoft and have an $900 paperweight called a Surface to sell… anyone want it cheap before I take a sledge hammer to it.

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      Nathan Jervis February 21, 2013

      Because iPads allow you to do things like this…. or even view the files and move them around….. oh wait, I forgot how the surface is still the most capable tablet, even with it’s millions of limitations.

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    Dominic February 06, 2013

    This is so brilliant. It’s one step closer to having everything I need in one place. It’s just selective sync I need and then Surface RT would be pretty much perfect! Thanks Rashed.

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    Andrew February 08, 2013

    Somehow it’s not working. It just prompts me for my password repeatedly, even when I type it in correctly. I know it’s correct because when I type an incorrect password, I get an access denied error.