Windows 8 logo from www.oostdam.infoWindows 8 is a very nice product to my opinion. It is based on the previous 7 version but it can use apps instead of programs, but there is a full compatibility. Every program that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 as well. This product is amazing. Microsoft improved it in so many ways that a new set of articles will appear on this site the next couple of weeks. I love it, even more now that I'm working with the RTM version that was released on August 16th, 2012 now. This is the first of a new, fresh serie of articles, based on the RTM version with buildnumber 9200. Read, enjoy, and start loving this end-user operatingsystem, just like I do already. 

Now in this article I would like to share with you the way to activate your Skydrive Pro options in the context-menu's. The context-menu can be accessed with a right-mouse click on a (local) file. This is often very handy, and I'm sure that you use it yourself a lot already. As the Skydrive, and actually all cloud services, are becomming a major topic with Windows 8, it sure is handy if your Skydrive-Pro option is available in the context menu. I will explain this step-by-step with some screens and underneath I'll provide you a link towards the downloadable regs on my personal, public, skydrive. So, lets stop the crap and get to work.

How to activate your Skydrive-Pro options in the context-menu:

For this article I just created a new Office 2013 Word file on my local disk. As you can see, the Skydrive option has been greyed-out.
Windows 8 SkyDrive Pro in Context-Menu picture 1

Download the Skydrive register set (link below) and double click the one that starts with "Activate".

Windows 8 SkyDrive Pro in Context-Menu picture 2

A warning will be displayed, ofcourse,.. but do not worry and proceed by clicking the "Yes".

The register setting are being imported, and you get a succeeded message on your screen.

Windows 8 SkyDrive Pro in Context-Menu picture 3



Click "OK" and browse to your document library again.
Now right-click a file, and notice your newly activated option for Skydrive-Pro....
Windows 8 SkyDrive Pro in Context-Menu picture 4

Browse it to SharePoint 2013, share it with other (known) people, I'll guess you will understand the posibilities here.
In a couple of days I will publish an article that will show you how to change these option to your own benefits, (company)shares and applications. In that article I will also explain the register changes a bit more, so you can customize these context-menu options for yourself.

The zip file containing the register changes can be downloaded here.

I hope this article has helped you, and getting you enthusiastic for Windows 8 as much as I already am! 

Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Engineer for large company in the Netherlands specialized in System Center and Messaging Solutions, ad-hoc solutions and work-arounds for major issue's.

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