The iCloud application can be used on both Windows and Mac computers. While the application is included as part of Mac OS X 10.7.2 or later, Windows users must download the iCloud Control Panel from the Apple website.
On a PC, open a web browser and navigate to the iCloud website (http://www.apple.com/icloud).
Note: The iCloud Control Panel for Windows requires Windows Vista SP2 or higher be installed.
Click How to Set Up.
Under For PC, click Set up now.
Scroll to section 1 and click Download now.
On the iCloud Control Panel page, click Download.
Once the download is complete, double click the set up file (icloudsetup.exe).
Read the Security Warning message and click Run.
Read the Welcome to the iCloud Control Panel message and click Next.
Read the License Agreement, click I accept the terms in the license agreement, and then click Next.
Note: A User Account Control prompt may appear several times. Read the message and click Yes.
Note: If Restart System Now message pops up, select Yes to restart the computer.
Enter the same Apple ID and Password used for the iOS device.
Click Sign in.
Note: If a Send diagnostic information to Apple message pops up, select the desired option.
To create a new Apple ID account, visit http://appleid.apple.com and click Create an Apple ID.
Click to check or uncheck items to be synchronized with iCloud.
The Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Task synchronization options are only available with iCloud email accounts that are configured using Microsoft Outlook 2007 or higher.
If Bookmarks or Photo Stream are checked, click Options to configure additional settings.
iCloud Storage displays the maximum capacity of the iCloud account, as well as how much space remains.
Click Manage to view additional details of how the space is being used.
The Manage Storage window displays how the storage space is currently being used by both backups and applications.
The current backup status for each iCloud connected device is displayed.
The iCloud Control Panel is now set up.
One of the features of iCloud is the ability to download music or other content from iTunes and have it automatically synchronized with other iCloud connected devices. This capability is not active by default and must be enabled in iTunes.
Open the iTunes application.
Note: To download the latest version of iTunes, visit the iTunes website (http://www.apple.com/itunes/).
Click the options icon, then click Preferences.
Click the Store tab.
Under Automatic Downloads, click to check the preferred options.
Note: If a Computer not authorized prompt appears, click Store and then click Authorize This Computer. Enter the Password for the Apple ID account and click Authorize.
iCloud is now set up for Windows.