84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove Microsoft SkyDrive?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #89
United States Rank #119
Reach 4.5114%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.61 days
902.93 days >
Average installed length: 474.42 days


17.0.2015.0811 24.41%
17.0.2011.0627 4.94%
17.0.2010.0530 2.31%
17.0.2006.0314 5.94%
17.0.2003.1112 14.28%
16.4.6013.0910 39.77%
16.4.6012.0828 4.13%
16.4.6010.0727 2.64%
16.4.6006.0718 0.15%
16.4.6003.0710 0.73%
16.4.5019.0615 0.00%
16.4.4111.0525 0.44%
16.4.3347.0416 0.27%

Typically installed together

Other programs by Microsoft

Microsoft SkyDrive

What is Microsoft SkyDrive?

SkyDrive is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. It is part of the Windows Live range of online services and allows users to keep the files private, share them with contacts, or make the files public. Publicly shared files do not require a Microsoft account to access.

About  (from Microsoft)

Get free Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote in your browser with SkyDrive and free Office Web Apps. Multiple people in different places can work on the same document, at the same time. Share only the documents that you choose, with whomever you choose, and set the rest to remain private.


The most used version is 16.4.6013.0910, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is SkyDriveClient.dll . The software installer includes 22 files and is usually about 26.21 MB (27,488,234 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com
Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=215117
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\microsoft\skydrive\17.0.2003.1112
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Microsoft\SkyDrive\17.0.2003.1112_1\SkyDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
Estimated size: 26.21 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft SkyDrive

Program executable:SkyDriveClient.dll
Additional files:
  • msvcp110.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2012 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcr110.dll
  • FileSyncApi.dll - Microsoft SkyDrive (Microsoft SkyDrive File Information Provider Extension)
  • logging.dll - Logging Library
  • RemoteAccess.dll - Remote Access
  • SkyDrive.LocalizedResources.dll
  • SkyDrive.Resources.dll
  • SkyDriveClient.dll - Microsoft SkyDrive Client
  • SkyDriveConfig.exe - Microsoft SkyDrive Configuration Application
  • SkyDriveSessions.dll - P2P Session Library
  • SkyDriveShell.dll - Microsoft SkyDrive Shell Extension
  • SqmWrapper.dll - SQM Library
  • SyncEngine.dll - Microsoft SkyDrive Sync Engine
  • Telemetry.dll - Telemetry Library
  • VideoStreamingPlugin.dll - Video Streaming Plugin Library
  • WnsClientApi.dll - SkyDrive WNS Client Library
  • wlmfds.dll - Photo Gallery (WLX Media Foundation Direct Show Wrapper)
  • ETWlog.dll - Windows Live (ETW Session Library)
  • SkyDriveSetup.exe - Microsoft SkyDrive Setup
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client
  • SkyDriveShell64.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • SkyDriveShell64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SkyDriveEx' with a class of {CB3D0F55-BC2C-4C1A-85ED-23ED75B5106B}.
  • SkyDriveShell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SkyDriveEx' with a class of {CB3D0F55-BC2C-4C1A-85ED-23ED75B5106B}.

How do I remove Microsoft SkyDrive?

You can uninstall Microsoft SkyDrive from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft SkyDrive, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Microsoft SkyDrive.

Win 7 (SP1) 49%
Win 8.1 0%
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.95%
Windows 10 47.83%
Windows Vista 1.12%
Windows XP 0.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 29.17%
Windows 8.1 23.09%
Windows 8 9.87%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.50%
Windows 7 Professional 9.48%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.29%

Distribution by countryGeography

48.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 48.70%
  Germany 5.57%
  United Kingdom 4.73%
  Canada 3.64%
  Italy 3.21%
  France 3.20%
  Brazil 3.07%
  Australia 2.18%
  Netherlands 1.68%
  Belgium 1.38%
  Spain 1.26%
  Japan 1.20%
  Sweden 1.07%
  India 0.99%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.20%
Dell 17.04%
Acer 15.26%
ASUS 14.01%
Toshiba 8.41%
Lenovo 4.89%
Samsung 4.78%
Intel 0.92%
MSI 0.79%
Medion 0.53%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.64%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.85%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.25%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.20%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.63%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.35%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com

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formula57over a year ago
Windows 8.1 does not list Skydrive amongst its programmes when searching via the Control Panel's Add/Remove feature.