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Posted on Mar 11, 2014 in Cloud Computing, Using the Internet | 5 comments

OneDrive Tutorial 1 – Getting started with OneDrive

Get free online storage, backup and file sharing with Windows Live OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive). Now that many of us have PCs that are always connected to the internet, a whole host of new and exciting services are becoming available. Cloud storage, where your files are stored somewhere in the “cloud” (a buzzword that just means another computer on the internet) is one of the most useful of these new services. Having access to your files online can be very convenient, and also useful for sharing files or for backup.

In this video, we’ll give you a tour of the basic OneDrive features. To complete this tutorial, you will need a Microsoft account. If you use services such as or Xbox you already have an account. If not, use this link to sign up for one.

Windows 8 users – OneDrive is integrated into your operating system and so using it on Windows 8 is slightly different, see this tutorial for more information. You can still follow this tutorial if you are interested in using OneDrive on the web.

Windows 10 users – You do not need to install OneDrive, as it comes pre-installed with your operating system. Click here for a tutorial on OneDrive in Windows 10.

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Additional notes

Remember that if you access your OneDrive account from another PC that does not belong to you, such as a public computer, the computer could be deliberately infected with spyware. To combat this problem, use the single use logon code procedure documented here.

You can log in to OneDrive with your Microsoft account here.

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  1. It’d be nice to have a transcript of the tutorial. Some of us old codgers still know how to read much faster than listen.

  2. I have looked at several tutorials on one drive and I still don’t understand how to use it.
    Problem 1. I have a hearing problem and male voices are very hard to understand.
    Problem 2. Say I want to transfer a file from desktop to laptop with out using email. How???
    Problem 3. Tutorials assume I know enough about my computers to understand what their is showing me, But I don’t.
    Don’t tell me to take more tutorials I cant afford it.
    And they probably wont have female voice that I can more easily understand. Just simplify it Think 6 Year old, well I’m 68 and that’s the problem.

    • Hi Lloyd. If you put a file into your OneDrive on your desktop, it will be available in your OneDrive folder on your laptop, as long as both desktop and Laptop have an internet connection and you sign in with the same Microsoft account on both.

    • Not only male voices, but American & foreign ones also – and FAR TOO QUICK. If you need a tutorial, that means you need help.

      Why isn’t the text printed, also?

      I am 85

      • Most of our visitors find video tutorials easier to follow. I assure you I’m not American 🙂 I’m just doing the best I can with limited time and resources.

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