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Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync


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Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync

If you would like to work with the same photos, but on more than one computer, you know it could be a real pain trying to make sure that those photos are constantly up-to-date on each computer. Well with Windows Live Sync, you can synchronize files and folders on more than one computer. So if you were working with a photo here on this computer, you would know that it's automatically updated on the other computer. If you added a few photos to the other computer, you know you'd be able to see them here on this computer with Windows Live Sync. So we are going to work with Windows Live Photo Gallery here to explore how this works.
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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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Windows 7 Essential Training
6h 31m Beginner Oct 22, 2009

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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Running Windows XP programs within a Windows 7 installation Accessing favorites quickly through jump lists Establishing user settings through Windows Explorer Setting up a home network with Homegroup Displaying similar sites with suggestions in Internet Explorer 8 Syncing photos on two computers with Live Sync
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Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync

If you would like to work with the same photos, but on more than one computer, you know it could be a real pain trying to make sure that those photos are constantly up-to-date on each computer. Well with Windows Live Sync, you can synchronize files and folders on more than one computer. So if you were working with a photo here on this computer, you would know that it's automatically updated on the other computer. If you added a few photos to the other computer, you know you'd be able to see them here on this computer with Windows Live Sync. So we are going to work with Windows Live Photo Gallery here to explore how this works.

And Windows Live Sync is now built right into Windows Live Photo Gallery, so we can access it from here. You have to have Windows Live Sync downloaded and installed on more than one machine for this to work of course, and if you are going to follow along with me, you are going to need to be signed in to your Windows Live Photo Gallery on a second computer. And by the way, that other computer could be a Windows XP machine or higher. It could even be a Mac running OS X. There are versions of Windows Live Sync for both. So once they are installed, up and running, you have got your photo gallery on the other computer, it's time now to sync up with this computer.

Now all of the folders you see here in the navigationpane, the standard folders, and any folders you might have added like we did in a previous lesson, will be synced up with the other computer. If the other computer doesn't have it, it will show up once the sync is complete. For example, if I go up to My Pictures, notice I don't have any in the My Pictures folder here. This is just referencing My Pictures folder on this computer. Well there is nothing in there, but if I go up to File and I click Setup gallery sync, I might be prompted to enter my Windows Live Profile ID and password at this point, but I have set mine up to automatically accept it on this machine.

That's why I didn't see that. And now the sync is actually taking place. I don't really see anything happening on my screen quite yet, but if I go down to the notification area in the Taskbar, there is this little icon, the Sync icon showing me that the sync is actually happening. Now look at this, I have got photos showing up here in My Pictures folder. In other words, it's syncing up with the My Pictures folder on that other computer. That's pretty cool, and I can go down to that icon again. If you can't see it, just click Show hidden icons and click the Windows Live Sync icon and you'll be able to see the individual folders you can sync up.

If you just wanted to sync up Pictures, you could click it, and you would actually see the contents of that other computer and this computer, all synced up together. Or I like this one here. Click Activity and you will actually be able to see what's going on here. For example, I had deleted some things. So they show up as deleted. Up here, Recently active files. I got a few different pictures, and when I click on a picture, you can see I have got over here on the right-hand side, information about these pictures as well. So Received from OFFICE1, the name of that computer, and it looks like one was added by OFFICE1.

So some were received and some were added. In other words, there's couple of different directions going on here, some are being sent, some are being received. But at the end, everything is all synced up. So I can close this up when I'm done reviewing the different activity. And if you leave this running, this is the nice thing, no matter what I do here, if I was to, for example, make a change to this photo, you could click a photo and you can choose anyone you like, and go up to Fix, and then just do an Auto adjust.

You can see that's a nice change there. I will go back to the gallery. The cool thing is I've made a change to that, so it's updated here on this machine, but because Windows Live Sync is still running in the background, right from Windows Photo Gallery, it's updated on the other computer. If I go to the other computer, I am going to see this updated photo. So, now we can rest assured if we access the photo from another computer, it will display the changes in this computer. All thanks to Windows Live Sync.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Windows 7 Essential Training.


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Q: Is there a way to share files and printers between computers on network running Windows XP and Windows 7 without using the HomeGroup share method of Windows 7, since XP does not have this feature?
A: While Windows XP does not support the new HomeGroup found in Windows 7, there is another way to share files and printers between the two operating systems.  There are a number of steps to follow, but they are all listed here: www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/
Q: Is it possible for a computer running Windows XP to join a Windows 7 HomeGroup?
A: Unfortunately, only Windows 7 supports HomeGroup.  If the Windows XP computer must connect with the Windows 7 computer, there are have two options:

1.  Upgrade the XP machine to Windows 7 and joining will be no problem.
2.  Change the Windows 7 HomeGroup to a regular Workgroup and the XP machine will be able to connect to it.  

Here are the steps to changing a HomeGroup to a Workgroup:
  1. On the Windows 7 computer, click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click the link for "View your active networks.” 
  4. In the next window choose "Work network." That will switch the group from a HomeGroup to a Workgroup so the two computers can talk to each other. However, the same workgroup name and share folders in Explorer must be assigned to both computers before they can be networked.
For ease of use, if there is already an existing HomeGroup on the Windows 7 computer, upgrading the XP machine to Windows 7 would be the recommended course of action. There is a course in the Online Training Library, Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, that explains the steps for transitioning to Windows 7.
 
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