Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Forum Moderators: open

Message Too Old, No Replies

How to sync Desktop and Laptop ?

9:14 am on Nov 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Junior Member

5+ Year Member

joined:Aug 22, 2008
posts: 58
votes: 0

I have just got new dell laptop with vista on it and I so far I was using XP on my desktop. Now I need to transfer all my settings from desktop to laptop. How can I do this ? also just wondering how to keep both desktop and laptop sync ?
2:22 pm on Nov 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:June 13, 2003
votes: 1

Try this [microsoft.com] which is provided by Microsoft for transferring files between XP and Vista.

Not sure about syncing Vista and XP files. From what I've read you can't do it with Vista sync center. I think you might have to explore a third party.

2:53 am on Nov 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Administrator from JP 

WebmasterWorld Administrator bill is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Oct 12, 2000
votes: 142

transfer settings
I've heard too many bad things about those settings transfer programs. I've always found it a good investment of time to do it manually. Especially in a case like this where you have XP and Vista. Those two OSs are quite different. They sometimes need different software from one another. Take the time and do it yourself.

That depends on what you want to sync. Microsoft has a couple of offerings (both free) that can help: FolderShare and the new beta Live Mesh. FolderShare is quite stable, but it's limited to a certain number of files and folders. Live Mesh is awesome. It will sync almost everything. It's beta though.

12:54 am on Dec 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

5+ Year Member

joined:Aug 20, 2008
votes: 0

Does enabling a folder for "offline" work have anything to do with this topic? I've seen that as an option on my drive setup and remember the docs mentioning some advantages for enabling you to use files that are on the network even when you're offsite.
5:18 pm on Dec 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

joined:Jan 30, 2006
votes: 15

synctoy 2.0


[edited by: J_RaD at 5:18 pm (utc) on Dec. 26, 2008]