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  • Question

  • I just sync'ed a new folder and found mesh had placed the clone folder, into which it was replicating content, on the target machine desktop. Sometimes it just places a shortcut that you can choose to sync to another local folder, how does it make this decision?

    If I don't want the folder on the desktop how best to move it to my preferred location without prompting yet another replcation?
    - Robin
    Sunday, January 3, 2010 8:56 AM

Answers

  • When you add a folder to your Mesh it is always offered to the other devices as a shortcut on the desktop. You click the shortcut once and then select the option to "browse" which will allow you to navigate to an existing local folder. When you click OK to select that local folder, you'll get a warning about merging with the existing folder and potential conflicts. Accept the warning and the shortcut folder will move off of the local desktop and the selected folder becomes a Mesh folder.
    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Sunday, January 3, 2010 10:02 PM
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All replies

  • When you add a folder to your Mesh it is always offered to the other devices as a shortcut on the desktop. You click the shortcut once and then select the option to "browse" which will allow you to navigate to an existing local folder. When you click OK to select that local folder, you'll get a warning about merging with the existing folder and potential conflicts. Accept the warning and the shortcut folder will move off of the local desktop and the selected folder becomes a Mesh folder.
    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Sunday, January 3, 2010 10:02 PM
    Moderator
  • That's what normally happens but in this case the second machine just showed a folder on the desktop immediately. I added the folder to the mesh from one pc (an XP box), looked at other PC (Win 7 64) and there was a folder, not a shortcut. 

    The sync folder path properties are greyed out. Will moving this mesh folder off the desktop break the sync? Would try it but have about 1gb data in there so takes a while to see the resutls.


    - Robin
    Sunday, January 3, 2010 11:46 PM
  • The only way that it should be a folder and not a light blue shortcut would be if the sync settings were accepted by clicking on the folder icon when it appeared on the PC desktop. It should always be a light blue shortcut until you accept the Sync settings or change them.
    To resolve this, go to the Live Desktop and change the properties for this folder to *not* sync with the Win 7 PC. The folder on the desktop should change to a regular yellow Windows Explorer folder. Once it has changed, move it and the contents to where you wish them to be. Then go back to the Live Desktop and change the properties again to sync with the Win7 PC. Click the light blue icon, then browse and navigate to the folder you wish to sync to.
    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Monday, January 4, 2010 3:46 PM
    Moderator
  • Moving the folder can have some undesired consequences, including breaking the sync. That's why you want to remove the sync relationship first, then move the folder and re-establish the relationship.
    -steve


    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Monday, January 4, 2010 3:47 PM
    Moderator