Access Your Windows Live SkyDrive Files from Windows Explorer

July 21, 2011

Windows Live SkyDrive is the 25 GB online (cloud) storage space that is available (FREE) to anyone who has a  Windows Live Account (e.g. Hotmail Account). 25 GB’s of FREE online storage space is nothing to sneeze about and is worth its’ weight in gold. The advantage to using an online service such as SkyDrive is that you can upload your files then share or access them from anywhere on the internet; PLUS, you can create, edit, and share Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files online—even if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your PC.

The only complaint that I have with SkyDrive is that it is limited in functionality when it comes to the file management aspect of the application.  Sure, you can rename, copy, delete, etc. individual files; but trying to perform these operations in bulk is not possible.

imageA solution to this problem is a software application, called SDExplorer, that will give you the ability to access your Windows Live SkyDrive files directly from Windows Explorer.

Windows Live SkyDrive

In other words, after you install SDExplorer you will be able to access your SkyDrive files directly from Windows Explorer and perform the same file operations that you typically perform (such as cut, copy, paste, delete) – as if the files were on your computer.

The real beauty to SDExplorer is that you can perform bulk file operations, as well, such as: Renaming objects; Deleting objects; Copying folders with files and subfolders; and, Changing folder share types.

If you are worried about security with SDExplorer…

SDExplorer uses the standard Microsoft library for working with Windows Live ID™ services. Your personal information does not leave this library and is not even passed to the SDExplorer engine. Additionally, all of your online storage-related traffic is transmitted using the HTTPS protocol, protecting your data from snoopers.

There is a FREE Base Edition of SDExplorer and an Advanced Edition of SDExplorer.  [CLICK HERE] to compare the editions and I think you will find that the FREE Base Edition is all you will need to access your SkyDrive files from your home computer.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

March 31, 2010

Each week, What’s On My PC, features recent (within the past 7 days) links to articles that are authored by the blog owners who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community (at the sidebar of the blog).  If you are someone who has that special obsession for computers and information technology, I highly encourage you to bookmark these blogs and make Geek Squeaks’ part of your weekly routine.

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Tech-for Everyone
How To Get Free Tax-prep Programs & e-Filing

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 30

AskBillFirst
LifeLock Settles FTC Charges For $12 Million

Rarst.net
Are we going to shed most of software?

Lifehacker
Don’t Forget to Sign That Tax Return and 9 Other Common Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Carol’s Vault
ZeuAPP: 82 free and open source applications with one click

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Control Components

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free LiberKey – Installs 180+ Portable Applications

Right On Technology
Apple iPhone HD on AT&T and Verizon this summer?

Snakebytez
Disable Startup – Free Startup Manager and Monitoring Software

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Websites Reloaded

TTC Shelbyville
Cable Messes and Awesome Data Centers

I Love Free Software
ContactOffice – Free Virtual Office To Manage Your Business

Worthy Tips
Some Best Free Video Editing Software

Canadian Tech News
Have you heard of Duck Duck Go (search engine)?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, stats and nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Can a “Secret” CPU Setting Really Improve Boot-up Time?

Plato Press
10 Things You Should Know About Digicam Memory Cards

What’s On My PC
The easy way to print filenames in folders…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#43)

January 13, 2010

A week has past and Geek Squeaks’ are here at last…  Be sure to check out these articles posted by bloggers (everyday people like you and me) who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community. Geek Squeaks’ are recent articles (posted within the past 7 days).  There is no order (or method to my madness) in the selection process of articles; all are randomly selected AND all are squeaks from a very elite group of geeks.

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TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog
Make a Shortcut on the Send To Menu

The Abbey Rose
Unmask Parasites accelerator for Internet Explorer 8

I Love Free Software
Comodo Time Machine Better than Windows Restore Point

Technize
Collection of Themes for Windows 7

Computer Maintenance
Computer Repair Tools

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
What is Windows Live?

TuneUp Blog
How To: Control Annoying Messages in Windows 7

Mrintech
Shorten/Change your Facebook Page/Profile URL

Canadian Tech Blogger
Microsoft Stops Selling Office

thePC Security
Free File Search Software For Text String Search

Lifehacker
WebMii Shows You How the Web Sees You

Rarst.net
How to integrate Google search into WordPress site

Tech-for Everyone
What The Inside Looks Like

AskBillFirst
Acer Recalls Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard

The PC Security
Malicious Sites January 13

AKS-Feel The Change
Speccy-Portable System Information Tool

Carol’s Vault
Free Screen To Video Freeware – screen capture tool

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SysDefenders

Plato On-Line
Software Patents and Intellectual Piracy

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Comodo System Cleaner –
The Free “Swiss Army Knife” of System Cleaners

Scoroncocolo
Dropbox Is a File Storage, Syncing and Collaboration Tool

Big Geek Daddy
Free Disk Defrag

Internet Security Blog
Password Protect USB Data With Portable Free Encryption Tool

Worthy Tips
Download Official Gmail Tips E-Book

What’s On My PC
When Windows 7 Will Not Boot

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#41)

December 30, 2009

After a month of moving and no Geek Squeaks’; it is time!  I present to you the 41st version of Geek Squeaks’.  If you are new to the blog, Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles from the author’s associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  This community consists of a group of people, from around the world, that bring to us a vast sea of computer and technology information.  I encourage all of you to bookmark these sites and pay them a visit on a regular basis.  You will not regret it…

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Snakebytez
Hide Windows Drives with NoDrives Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Load and Help Campaign by SoftMaker

TTC Shelbyville
Data Recovery Freeware Roundup

The Abbey Rose
Windows Update Broke?

I Love Free Software
gDoc Creator: Convert Word to PDF and PDF to Word

Technize
Customize And Personalize Your USB Pen Drive

Worthy Tips
Photovisi – Lets You Create Your Own Photo Collage Online Free

Canadian Tech Blogger
Windows 7 Going Over Well With IT Community

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, its not the same……

TuneUp Blog
Enabling DirectCompute for Windows Vista and 7

Free PC Security
Three Words For 2010

AskBillFirst
Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tech-for Everyone
Tech-for Everyone – Computer Shopper Blogs We Like

Rarst.net
Rollip.com – collection of graphical filters for photos

Lifehacker
You Don’t Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows; Here’s Why

Crazy World of G
Truth or Consequences

thePC Security
Data Encryption: A Free, Open Source, Portable, Simple Tool for Windows

AKS-Feel The Change
Change your Drive Icons and background Image

Carol’s Vault
A look back at the past 10 years: the bloody decade

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SystemCleanerPro

Teck~Line
Happy Holiday to Everyone

Plato On-Line
Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009

Evilfantasy’s Blog
The Ultimate Geek TaskForce!

Geeked Up
15.4″ LCD Screen Resolutions

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus 2010 – Free License Giveaway

Freeware Pharmacy
JPEG Lossless Rotator

What’s On My PC
Double Desktop – Like having two monitors in one…

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Online Collaboration with Microsoft SharedView

October 18, 2009

image Collaboration – the act of working jointly. With Microsoft SharedView (Beta2) software, you can share, review and update documents with multiple people (up to 15 people) by displaying what is on your computer screen. A Windows Live ID (Passport, Hotmail, or MSN) is required to initate a session, but is not required to join a session. You can use your Windows Live ID or a friendly name to join a session without signing in.

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Microsoft SharedView is also integrated with Windows Live Messenger where a session can be initiated by clicking on the SharedView menu item on the Activities menu.  Choosing this option will send an invite to join a SharedView session. The person you sent the invite to can easily join the session you initiated.

Microsoft SharedView is FREE to download and use.  To learn more about Microsoft SharedView and to watch its’ development, I encourage you to click on the following links.

Welcome to Microsoft SharedView

SharedView User Assistance Home Page

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Microsoft SharedView is a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups of friends or coworkers; anytime, anywhere. Use SharedView to put your heads together and collaborate – create, convey, and communicate…across physical boundaries, through firewalls, and down to the smallest details.

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What to do if your Windows Live Hotmail Account has been stolen…

March 23, 2009

Hotmail Account StolenIf you are someone that depends on the Windows Live Hotmail service for email, how would you like to wake up and find that you were unable to login into your account; then later discover that everyone in your address book received an email that you were in urgent need of help and that you needed money? A friend of mine recently experienced this type of situation. What had happened was that his Hotmail account had been hijacked and stolen. The hijacker accessed the account, changed the password and then sent out the following email to everyone in the address book in an attempt to steal money through deception.

Email Subject: YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED

Hello. please I need your help. I am caught up on an International conference  and am on my way back. I lost all my personal effects, and I am stranded and  so confused at the moment I need a sum of about $1000 to put me through the  embassy and sort out the travel agencies. I will refund the money to you  sooner than you expect. Please I need you to keep this confidential!!! Let me  know if you can be of assistance so I can give you the name of the agent and  details to send the money to through Western Union Money Transfer. Sorry for  any inconveniences i would have call you but i lost my cell phone as well… I  will really appreciate this. I will fill you in on this as soon as I can Thank you  very much

Most people will let this type of incident pass and will simply subscribe to another account. My advice is to be persistent and report this matter to Microsoft Live Hotmail immediately and attempt to get your account name back (especially if your email name is your real name).

If you experience this type of situation where your Windows Live Hotmail account has been hijacked or stolen you will soon find that there is no customer support telephone hotline for Hotmail.

Hotmail Account Stolen[ click graphic for all options ]

  1. Make sure you have an another email account to communicate with Microsoft (remember, your hotmail account has been hijacked and you can no longer access it).
  2. If you suspect that someone has used or stolen your Windows Live Hotmail ID – CLICK HERE FOR WINDOWS LIVE HOTMAIL SUPPORT
  3. Complete and submit the form on the Windows Live Validation Page which is a form designed to validate ownership of an account.  You will be asked questions that you would only know about.

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A new way to get Windows Live Hotmail

March 14, 2009

Windows Live HotmailPOP3 technology has now rolled out to Hotmail customers WORLDWIDE! This will enable you to  use your email client, on your PC or mobile phone, to pull down your Hotmail.  Of course you must have an account with Windows Live Hotmail to take advantage of this new feature.

When you set up Hotmail in the e-mail program on your PC or mobile device, you may be asked for the following information:

POP server: pop3.live.com (Port 995)
POP SSL required? Yes
User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example yourname@hotmail.com
Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live
SMTP server: smtp.live.com (Port 25 or 587)
Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password)
TLS/SSL required? Yes

What is POP3? It is a protocol that allows almost any e-mail software program that you’ve installed on your mobile phone or PC* to get messages from your e-mail inbox on the web and deliver them in the designated program.

Although you always could access Hotmail on your web-enabled mobile phone by going to mobile.live.com, now that Hotmail has POP3, you can get to it more conveniently using the e-mail software on your PC or mobile device* such as a Windows Mobile phone, iPhone, or BlackBerry.

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Troubleshooting Windows Live Essentials…

January 22, 2009

The Windows Live Essentials is an integrated and bundled suite of software applications by Microsoft that work seamlessly with Windows Live online.

Windows Live Essentials programs [ click here ]
Mail
Messenger
Photo Gallery
Writer
Movie Maker
Family Safety
Toolbar

Optional Programs [ click here ]
Office Outlook Connector
Office Live Add-in
Microsoft Silverlight

 

 My experience with the Windows Live services has been a positive experience; however, recently I experienced an issue where my Windows Live Writer and the uninstaller for the Windows Live Essentials was broken. For whatever reasons, Live Wirter would not launch AND the uninstaller component to Windows Live Essentials was corrupted. Windows Live Writer is the software I use (and recommend) to prepare blog articles. I eventually figured out a fix on my own, which required a full day of thinking it out and a visit to the Windows registry.

Resources, including Microsoft’s support, for my particular issue, was not very helpful. I was instructed by support to locate and email the Windows Live Writer log which I did. The support person contacted me, via email, to inform me that they were escalating my issue to another level. At that second level I was instructed via email to uninstall and reinstall the application which I had already informed them that the uninstall component had been broken. I also would like to point out that there is very limited information on the internet at this time about the resolution to problems that people may be experiencing with the Windows Live Essentials. As a result of my experience, I decided to list a few things that may be helpful to others who find themselves in a situation where the “Windows Live Essentials” software and services are not playing well and you need a launching point to start troubleshooting.

  1. For support assistance and instructions for any of the Windows Live services [ click here ].
  2. The installer for the Windows Live Essentials is a standalone installer [ click here ] that you download (filename: wlsetup-web.exe) which will subsequently download the full installation files for the application you choose to install.  In my case this did not work toward resolving the issue which I experienced. Personally I do not care for these type of installers.
  3. The full installer for Windows Live Essentials is very difficult to locate, but I found links to the full installer (for different languages) posted on the blog “My Digital Life” [click here] . The full installer (approximately 137 MBs) was very helpful in resolving the problem which I experienced. I thank the author(s) of “My Digital Life” for posting the links and making them publicly available.

Keep in mind the links I have posted were up-to-date at the time this article was composed and are subject to change as the Windows Live Essentials software continues to evolve.  This article was posted with the “good” intention of providing options and resources in the event you experience issues with any of the Windows Live Essential software applications.

 

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Live Mesh…

November 22, 2008

As an addendum to the recent blog post on Windows Live, there is another “Windows Live” service, that is in “beta” like many of the others; BUT is not widely known.  It is called “Live Mesh”

Live Mesh

Best description of what “Live Mesh” is, I quoted from the web site:

“With Live Mesh, you can synchronize files with all of your devices, so you always have the latest versions handy. Access your files from any device or from the web, easily share them with others, and get notified whenever someone changes a file.”

To take advantage of Live Mesh, you must have a Windows Live account (which is FREE).  If you already have a Hotmail or Messenger account, you are good to go.  Go to the Live Mesh site [Click Here] and initially setup your Live Mesh desktop and the devices you want to sync with (i.e. your home computer, your notebook computer, your mobile devices, your online Mesh desktop, etc.).  During this process you will be prompted to download the Mesh (synchronization) software. Following the installation of the software, you can right click on any folder in Windows explorer and make the folder you selected a Live Mesh folder.  Once the folder is selected, you can change the synchronization options.  Basically what happens at this point is that any file you place in the Live Mesh folder will sync with the online folder OR any changes you make to the online folder will sync with the local folder (depending on the sync options you selected).  I actually took this one step folder and created a shortcut to my Live Mesh folder and placed the shortcut in my “Send To” folder so that all I would have to do is right click on a file I may be working on, send it to my Live Mesh folder, and it automatically would be uploaded to my online folder (as a quick backup option).  I later found that Live Mesh created a menu option to allow you to save a file to the folder.  Learning as I go with this; but, is looking pretty impressive.  Live Mesh currently provides users with 5 GB’s of space.  I do question or wonder why the Live Mesh’s storage space does not tie into SkyDrive, another Window’s Live (online) file storage option???

Live Mesh also provides the ability to share folders with other Windows Live users and the ability to perform remote sessions into your PC.  As I earlier indicated, Live Mesh is in beta and as with any beta software, changes come and changes go.  I will continue to monitor this and the other Windows Live components.

 

GET IT HERE - Live Mesh

 

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Windows Live…

November 20, 2008

I’ve recently did a post about “Blogging with Microsoft Word 2007…” Following that post, a fellow blogger whom I’ve come to know at “Tech-for Everyone” told me to give Window’s Live Writer a try to edit and post my blog articles…  I did and there has been no going back.  The Window’s Live Writer (by Microsoft) is one of the best “FREE” blogging tools I have since experienced.  If you currently have a Windows Live ID or Windows Live Hotmail or Windows Messenger account, then you are already setup to take advantage of Live Writer and a whole gamut of other “FREE” services (and software) which Microsoft has cooked up…  If you don’t have an account, you can easily setup an account by clicking on the “Get Windows Live” button at the end of this post. 

Following the advice I received from “Tech-for Everyone”, I noticed he posted a great article about Windows Live Writer and Window’s Live Mail.  I encourage you to read the post titled “The Live Line” [Click Here].

After reading the “Tech-for Everyone” article, I started exploring deeper into some of the Window’s Live Services such as Live Mail (email client) and Window’s SkyDrive (online storage).  I have found both to be awesome and likely will be mainstays on my computer…  I also learned that SkyDrive currently provide 5 GB’s of online storage and will be expanding that to 25 GB’s in the near future (click here to read that announcement).

I really think Microsoft is heading in a good direction with the Window’s Live Services.  Reflected below is a screenshot from the Windows Live website which depicts the services currently available.  You can click on “Get Windows Live” to visit Microsoft’s Windows Live site.

Windows Live

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