How-to: Connect to a synced folder with Windows Live Sync

If you have Windows Live Sync installed on your computer, you can connect a computer to a synchronized folder to synchronize files. You must install the Sync software from the Sync website, on every computer that you want to synchronize files on.

You can connect multiple computers to a personal folder, but each one must have a unique computer name. Only you can synchronize files in your personal synchronized folder.

You can connect to someone else’s shared folder, if the owner gave you permission. Just sign in using your Windows Live ID.

  1. If Sync isn’t already running, on the Start menu, click Programs or All Programs, click Windows Live, click Windows Live Sync, and then sign in using your Windows Live ID.
  2. In the notification area on the taskbar, click the Sync icon Sync.
  3. Click Sync website.
  4. Under Personal folders or under Shared folders, click the name of the folder that you want to connect with the computer you’re using.
  5. Click Add a computer.
  6. In the list of available computers, click the name of the computer.
  7. Select the folder on the computer where you want Sync to synchronize the files, and then click Sync folder here.– or –To create a new folder, select a location, click Create new folder, type a name for the folder, and then click Create and sync.
  8. Choose the synchronization setting that you want, and then click Finish.


  • Your computer must be online for files to synchronize. You can’t view files or the contents of a folder on the Sync website.
  • If you created a folder for synchronizing, and you delete a file with a .p2p extension from the folder, the placeholder, as well as the actual file, is deleted from every computer that shares the folder.
  • Synchronizing Microsoft Office Outlook .pst files between computers is not recommended because these files constantly change. This can result in frequent sync errors and files that aren’t updated.
  • Keep in mind that Sync can’t merge data between database files. If you use a Microsoft Access, SQL, or ACT! database, you can synchronize database files to another computer so that they can be edited and viewed on multiple computers, but a database itself can’t be opened or modified on two computers at the same time.