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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.
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.
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