Using OneDrive with Windows 8

If you're using Windows 8 OneDrive is closely integrated with it. Learn how to get the most out of these two programs here.

Installing the OneDrive desktop app

If you prefer working in the Desktop, you can download the OneDrive Desktop app. This will add a OneDrive folder to your File Explorer. When you move files into this folder, they will automatically be uploaded to OneDrive, and you can access them anywhere you go. You'll even be able to access any files stored on your computer remotely, even if you haven't uploaded the files to OneDrive.

Note: If you have Windows 8.1, you already have the OneDrive app on your computer, so you won't need to download and install it.

To install the OneDrive app:

  1. Navigate to the Download OneDrive page. Locate and select Download OneDrive for Windows.
    Screenshot of Microsoft OneDriveDownloading OneDrive
  2. Once the file is downloaded, open it and follow the instructions to install OneDrive.
    Screenshot of Microsoft OneDriveInstalling OneDrive
  3. The OneDrive Desktop app is now installed on your computer. A OneDrive folder will be added to your File Explorer, and any files you add to this folder will be uploaded to your OneDrive.
    Screenshot of Microsoft OneDriveThe OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer