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Is there a separate SkyDrive app for the desktop version of Windows 8?

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    Doctor Who

    In December I purchased a Sony Vaio Series E laptop. It came with Windows 8 and it was touch enabled. However, it had a problem and I had to flatten the machine and start it over again, with Sony's technical support. But before I did that it seems to me, if memory serves, that there was a separate SkyDrive app for the desktop side of Windows 8. I know that there's a SkyDrive app on the Metro side, and I've used it, but I depended upon seeing my SkyDrive folder in what I think is now called File Viewer, in Windows 8 desktop. It isn't there, now.

    So, I want to know, am I correct in thinking that there's a separate SkyDrive app for the desktop side of Windows 8? And if so, where is it?

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    magicalclick

    Yeah, there is one Skydrive App works for XP, Vista, Win7, and Win8. Head to SkyDrive.com and you should find it. The app let you select specific folders to sync and it is seemless integration. You put stuff in the folder and it will sync for you.

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    Sven Groot

    The desktop SkyDrive app is also included with Windows Essentials.

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    Doctor Who

    @Sven Groot: But I thought that Windows Essentials came with Windows 8? Or am I thinking of something different; maybe it's their security software I'm thinking of.

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    magicalclick

    @Doctor Who: you guess it right, it came with security thing. The movie maker and SkyDrive are downloaded separately.

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    Sven Groot

    @Doctor Who: Yes, Windows Defender in Windows 8 replaces Microsoft Security Essentials. The Windows Essentials including SkyDrive, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and the soon to be retired Messenger must still be separately downloaded (even though Windows itself does include similar but more limited functionality for most of those).

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    Doctor Who

    Alright, @magicalclick and @Sven, I've just downloaded the separate SkyDrive app for the desktop version of Windows 8. Seems to work fine.

    I wonder though, with SkyDrive on the Metro side and on the desktop side, how do they do together? For example, yesterday when I downloaded the SkyDrive app for the desktop I went through the process of setting up what folders I wanted synced with the SkyDrive cloud and all, and I got to wondering, did I make the same choices when I did this for the Metro version?

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    magicalclick

    @Doctor Who: I am not 100% sure, but, to my understanding, Metro version doesn't keep a local copy. So, it is more suitable for tablets with limited storage. I could be wrong, I don't really use the metro version.

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    contextfree`

    Desktop SkyDrive = Sync with local folder

    Metro SkyDrive = Doesn't sync, just a way to access and manage files remotely

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