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HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Using Windows 7 Sync Center

This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 7.
The Windows 7 Sync Center tool assists in keeping two or more versions of the same file, stored on the computer and in a network location, identical (synchronized) to the other. For example, if there is an addition or deletion, or any change in a file in one location, once the files are synched with Sync Center, the files match each other.
Each time you sync files between two locations, Sync Center compares the files for changes or discrepancies. If the files differ, Sync Center copies the newer version, overwriting the older file. If the files are identical, Sync Center does nothing. If a file is deleted in one location, Sync Center deletes it in the other.
Setting up a network folder to work with Sync Center
Before you can use Sync Center with a network folder, you must set the folder to be available offline. Follow these steps to set up a network folder:
  1. Click Start , then click Computer.
  2. Browse to the network folder or drive.
  3. Right-click the name of the network folder or drive, then click Always available offline.
    Figure : Computer window
    Computer window
  4. Sync Center prepares the files to be available offline.
    Figure : Preparing files
    Preparing files window
  5. To open Sync Center and check the progress, click Start , All Programs, Accessories, and then click Sync Center.
  6. Click View sync results from the left pane.
    Figure : Sync Results
    Sync Results window
Using Sync Center
  1. To open Sync Center and check the progress, click Start , All Programs, Accessories, and then click Sync Center.
    Figure : Sync Center
    Sync Center
    Sync Center displays the current sync partnerships. A sync partnership describes the set of rules that tells Sync Center which files and folders to sync for each partnership, and when to sync them.
  2. Select the folder to sync, and then click Sync to sync files now.
    To set up a sync to run on a regular basis, select the folder to sync, and then click Schedule and proceed to the next section.
    Figure : Sync or Schedule
    Sync or Schedule
Setting up a sync schedule
Use these steps to set up a sync to run on a regular basis or every time an event occurs, such as logging on to your computer:
  1. Open Sync Center and click View sync partnerships.
  2. Select the folder to sync, and then click Schedule.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select one of the following two options to schedule the sync:
    At a scheduled time - Set up the sync to run at a set time on a regular basis.
    When an event occurs - Set up the sync to run when an event occurs. These events include logging on to your computer, the computer is idle, or the computer is locked or unlocked.
    Figure : Schedule a sync
    Schedule a sync
  5. Follow the instructions to schedule the sync.
Troubleshooting sync problems
The following are solutions to sync problems.
Select one of the following sections for troubleshooting information:

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