Windows Live Mesh Sync Duplicates RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, i just discovered Windows Live Mesh WLM can sync files between my computers over my home LAN and not just over the internet. I basically had a nerdgasm when i found this out. I have a laptop and desktop and when im out and about i like to have my most recent music, pictures and docs on my laptop.

    So i decided to use mesh to sync these.

    Upon duplicating my music folder on both computers and then adding it to mesh, i ended up with quite a few duplicated files made by mesh with the laptop name added to the end of the file name.

    Weird :S

    Well i just did a search for the laptop name and found all the duplicate music files, i exited mesh on both PCs and deleted all the duplicates, then started  up mesh again, no files were synced in the following 5 mins that i observed the folder and as far as i can tell, there are no duplicates anymore.

    I think this is a problem that the Windows Live Team should look into because WLMesh is a one of  a kind program. Its the only program of its kind that does what it does and does it so well, that said if it could fix this one problem, it would be near damn perfect!!

    If anyone can tell me how to keep this from happening or a practical workaround with no micromanagement of my files i'd love to hear it.

    Thanks for any help you can toss me and keep up the good work.

    Veer Maharaj,



    Monday, February 28, 2011 6:10 AM


  • You will get these duplicates if the files are changed on both computers before they can be synchronized. You can choose which one is the "latest" file. Note that many music/media programs update metadata in the music files when they are opened or even when catalogued.


    Since you are referring to Windows Live Mesh, not Live Mesh - www.mesh.com, you are in the wrong forum. Yes, the naming convention is confusing, though I like that they kept the Mesh name alive for the upgrade to Live Sync (formerly FolderShare).


    For discussion of the new Windows Live Mesh (formerly Sync), (as well as the released Live Sync version) go here:




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    Monday, February 28, 2011 4:12 PM