How do I sync files between my notebook and my desktop?

This can be accomplished in a number of ways.  First we'll go over the standard built-in way.  With the two PCs on a network, each with a shared network folder, you can browse through folders and manually select files that you would like to transfer, or copy and paste between PCs.  To share a folder each PC needs a user account with a password.  (We suggest that you try to use a good pasword.)  In Windows Explorer you would find your folder that you want to share over the network, right click on it, and either choose Sharing... or choose Properties and then click on the Sharing tab.  From there you can set a folder to be visible over the network.  This assumes all of your PCs have the same workgroup name, since PCs on other workgroups can't see other workgroups.

Another way is to download a free Microsoft PowerToy called SyncToy.  Install SyncToy on a PC (both probably) that you would like use to manage transferring files with.  SyncToy is a simplified way of transferring updated files between computers, with a few clicks.  If you want to keep your My Documents or My Pictures folders synchronized between PCs, this is a nice way to manage this.

Another way is to download a free Microsoft program called Windows Live Mesh.  Another program called Live Sync has been rolled into the latest Live Mesh, to allow you to copy and update different files through a home network, or even over the Internet to allow you to synchronize documents and media between an office PC and a home PC for example.

To install it, go to and run the Windows Live Essentials installer.  You can also download other useful free Windows Live programs such as Windows Live Mail, which replaces Outlook Express and Windows Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft's instant messenger program, and Windows Live Movie Maker, which is a free video editing program.  Microsoft has previously included these programs with versions of Windows prior to Windows 7.  With the Windows Live suite of programs, updates to these programs can be made available not just to Windows 7 users, but also to users of Vista and often XP.

KillaRad Webmaster
Updated September 26, 2010