I was able to consistently get Photo Stream downloads, but it wasn’t until I did this step that uploads started to work. Create two folders – “Downloads” and “Uploads” within the Photo Stream folder. You can download the i Cloud Control Panel software here. Perhaps with time, Apple will fix the problem with this software so that you don’t have to make the permission changes..This where your Photo Stream images will be kept and synchronized. but this has been the only way that has worked for me and I hope it works for you too.
But how can I get those photos – my Photo Stream – on to my Windows PC too?
The answer is with some free software from Apple called the i Cloud Control Panel. I couldn’t get it to work properly at first and after several failed attempts, I finally found the solution – and it requires a little configuration ahead of time. One of these will be the “Downloads” folder (aka “Photo Stream” folder).
You need to create these two folders ahead of time, because you will have to set some permissions on them in order for the “upload” sync to work properly.
I’m not 100% sure why, but I tried every other option before finding this solution — and there appears to be hundreds of users hitting this same issue (at least at the time of writing this post). So, here are the steps to get this installed and working: 1. You need to create a folder into where the download and upload folders for Photo Stream will live. Once it has finished installing, you will run the control panel.
Also , don’t forget that you will need an active i Cloud account.