SkyDrive Updated for Windows 8.1: brings back sync icon

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted February 11, 2014 14 comments

Microsoft released a number of updates for Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2, and among the updates was something a bit unexpected: a SkyDrive update that brings back the sync icon in the taskbar and updates SkyDrive settings.

The Support page (KB 2923768 ) doesn’t give a lot of details, only revealing:

This update improves the Skydrive experience for all users in Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

However installing the update packages reveals a number of changes to SkyDrive (not yet including the name change, however). LiveSide reader @Tuzem_2 tweeted us a couple of screenshots of the changes:

If you’ve been brave enough to download the leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 that’s floating around the internet, you’re already aware that the sync icon was coming back, however we weren’t aware that it would show up so soon, or on Windows 8.1.

You can check for a Windows 8.1 update by going to the charms bar>settings>Change PC Settings>Update and Recovery and update your system to see the changes, and to get the SkyDrive sync icon back!

Notice any other changes in SkyDrive? Let us know in the comments…

Posted February 11th, 2014 at 5:33 pm
Category: News
Tags: SkyDrive, Sync, Windows 8.1
  • garak0410

    I hope these fixes will fix an ongoing problem I’ve had with my Surface Pro 2. My SkyDrive would just stop syncing. There was no fix for it and I’ve had to rebuild my Surface three times to get it back again. I do not look forward to a 4th time, so fingers crossed.

    • Asrialys

      I don’t know if my uncommon sync issues are the same, but when my docs aren’t synced after editing, I just put a blank text document into my SkyDrive. Seems to force a sync.

      • garak0410

        Never did try that. So far, my third rebuild is doing OK. Though a few days before this update, I had some kind of permissions error when copying from SkyDrive to my Surface Pro 2.

      • garak0410

        Never did try that. So far, my third rebuild is doing OK. Though a few days before this update, I had some kind of permissions error when copying from SkyDrive to my Surface Pro 2.

        • Asrialys

          Hm. I haven’t had any issues like that.

        • Mario Albertico

          One of my SkyDrive folders occasionally has permission errors giving SkyDrive issues when syncing too. I believe it’s the “Documents” folder where OneNote keeps its files. Not sure if that has anything to do with it, but it’s the only file I have in it. So at least once a month or so I need to go in there and edit permissions so they are inherited from the main profile folder on my user account.

          • garak0410

            I’ve had that issue before and I read somewhere that a lot of people run into problems with that default DOCUMENTS directory. Years ago, I moved my OneNote’s to Documents2 and they’ve stayed there so never really had a problem. This “fatal” OneNote problem I had was usually always started by saving an Excel file to that Documents folder. After that, all my syncing was dead in the water and needed to rebuild. Fingers crossed on this latest update.

  • Windows Phone Bruker

    I do hope this will mean that SkyDrive crash a lot less in Windows 8, or that I can easily restart it.

    • Rusty Gates

      Next step: getting the file sync icons back in file explorer.

      • dingl_

        if you mean the checkmarks… yea that would be OK but the syncing icon on files is already present. just enable ‘Large icons’ view for your SkyDrive folder.. next time you upload a file you’ll see it sync and the sync icon disappears when finished

  • jhoff80

    This update mentions that it improves Skydrive for Windows Server 2012r2, but does anyone actually know how to get Skydrive installed on Server 2012r2? I haven’t been able to figure it out yet.

  • davidmk

    I had an email from OneDrive this morning regarding my Office 365 subscription:

    “A good change is on the wayIn the coming weeks you’ll notice a change happening.
    SkyDrive will become OneDrive, an even better place to store and share your favourite things across all of your favourite devices. But don’t worry, during this transition you’ll still be able to access all of your photos, videos, documents and files.

    The online storage benefits of your Office 365 subscription will not change. You still have 20 GB of extra storage (or up to 100 GB for your household when you share your subscription benefits). You can create, open and edit documents right in your browser. And you can easily work together on Office documents in real time.

    OneDrive. It’s everything you love about SkyDrive and more. And it’s coming soon.”

    Looks like co-owners storage gets added rather than divided.

  • Alan Harland

    Just installed KB2923768 on my domain PC and Skydrive stopped working, uninstalled it and ok again so problems on domain PC’s with this update

    • AngryTechnician

      Same – looks like this update breaks SkyDrive for domain accounts that have a Microsoft account linked to them. SkyDrive stopped syncing my local SkyDrive folder and the app wouldn’t display anything; removed the update and both started working again. Worryingly, the SkyDrive FAQ ( now says that “you need to sign in with a Microsoft account to browse your SkyDrive and keep your files and settings in sync”, so it looks like Microsoft may be quietly phasing out support for linked accounts.