Microsoft hints at SkyDrive Windows 8 folder location change feature

Microsoft may have big plans for the future of its SkyDrive cloud data storage service in terms of its use in Windows 8.1, but currently Windows 8 users have one small but annoying issue with SkyDrive. Namely, the default folder location for SkyDrive, when using the Windows 8 app, cannot be changed at all. This situation is the same even if you download and try out the current Windows 8.1 public preview.

It's a subject that's been brought up recently on the official Microsoft support forums. In a rather lengthy thread, users complain that they can't change the SkyDrive default folder. In response, Microsoft representatives posted up a couple of messages of their own. One of them, dated June 27, stated simply, "Moving the SkyDrive root folder to another location is not currently supported but it is something we'd like to add and think is important to have."

Another, and far more lengthy answer, dated July 3, comes from "Afton" on the Microsoft team. He stated:

For obvious reasons, we simply can't promise future features. They may be harder to implement that expected. Some EVEN HIGHER priority issue might arise and steal our developer time until the next release. We may all contract the flu and be out during the push to the final release. Or any other of a dozen reasons why we can't provide some particular feature that you are asking for. But believe me that we aware of the demand for the feature where you can set or change the location of the SkyDrive folder.

Some people on the message board thread have apparently tried to go into the system registry and edit it so they can get the SkyDrive default folder change. "Afton" simple states, "to everyone trying to monkey with the registry. Please, don't. :)"

The desktop SkyDrive app still allows Windows 8 users to change their default folder, and it should keep those setting even if you install the Windows 8.1 preview. However, it looks like the Windows 8 app will be sticking with its one lone default folder for a little while longer.

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Hey Microsoft, how about giving everyone what they really want

Techet, MVPs, 365 forums are all saying the same. PLEASE add folder sharing so the person you share with can see the shared folder in their own skydrive.

Currently it's a URL link LOL

That would be the killer feature for me

glen8 said,
Hey Microsoft, how about giving everyone what they really want

Techet, MVPs, 365 forums are all saying the same. PLEASE add folder sharing so the person you share with can see the shared folder in their own skydrive.

Currently it's a URL link LOL

That would be the killer feature for me

They already appear as folders in SkyDrive (Shared section). I'm assuming you mean sync to disk like normal folders right?

They already appear as (unsynced) folders in 8.1? That is already an improvement. Last time I used Skydrive for sharing the shared folders didnt show up using the skydrive app at all.

Since then I've gone back to using dropbox to share folders. The downside of dropbox is the limited space but its plenty for sharing documents, Skydrive remains my main cloud service but it would be great if I could easily open and edit shared content on my PCs. I might just do away with dropbox.

I don't think it would be that easy - SkyDrive folder in Win8.1 is kind of special as it show files that are not on the disk (but can be synced with it via "Make it available offline" option in the context menu).

ShadowLight said,
Though you can still create Symoblic links and/or junctions for default location.

Yeah we're not talking about libraries, we're talking about the skydrive folder (where it syncs your files to be used offline)

siah1214 said,

Yeah we're not talking about libraries, we're talking about the skydrive folder (where it syncs your files to be used offline)

He's not talking about libraries either. A junction or hard link or whatever it is called will redirect one folder to another, and it can even be on a different drive. Programs have no issue dealing with it.

mrp04 said,

He's not talking about libraries either. A junction or hard link or whatever it is called will redirect one folder to another, and it can even be on a different drive. Programs have no issue dealing with it.


Either way, he's still not talking about moving the Skydrive folder.

*sigh* when with Microsoft just admit that they should never have killed of Mesh!? Mesh allowed you to sync ANY folder to your SkyDrive, none of this "just one central folder" rubbish!

You've been able to sync individual folders on the desktop SkyDrive app for ages. And you can now also sync individual files with the integrated desktop SkyDrive on Win 8.1.

I have my Documents folder on a Network share and I'd like to Be able to sync it with my documents folder on skydrive

My changed SkyDrive location was preserved when upgrading to the 8.1 preview, but I'm pretty sure the SkyDrive tray icon disappeared and there isn't a way to change the folder location.

In W8 during the setup process of the Desktop Skydrive app you had the choice to change the folder location, in W8.1 is gone as well, as others already mentioned the desktop icon.
Therefore we are not talking to add a "new feature" but simply not to remove a previously, already existing one. The irony is that the inability to choose the folder location will penalize users of Slate Tablets with smaller SD HDs than people with "regular" Convertible Tablets, laptops and Desktops.
I would be really curious to read about the logic behind the decision to remove this feature.....

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