SyncToy 2.1 is compatible with Windows 10 (technical preview). Despite it is officially only compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP, SyncToy 2.1 is also working on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. SyncToy 2.1 is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations, e.g. network drives and Windows PC. Typical uses include sharing files, such as photos, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders.
As you may know, I created my own private cloud / iCloud – miCloud. I personally prefer to host my data on my own. In conjunction with my iPhone 6 and iPad air I really love the app Cloud Commander with an FTP access to my private iCloud and OneDrive, Dropbox, Box and Google Drive connection. So I transferred all my data from the PC (Dual boot with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10) to my private iCloud. But on the one hand I want to have direct access on my PC, on the other hand I want to back up my data.
Although there are alternate solutions to sync files and folders between a Windows 10 PC and network drives like Windows Sync Center (“Offline Files“), introduced with Windows 7, or syncing files and folders with OneDrive, especially with unlimited storage, SyncToy is easily installed and set up on Windows 10. Further more, SyncToy is very reliable based on my experience.
Here’s how to download and install SyncToy 2.1 on Windows 10 (technical preview):
- Download SyncToy 2.1 from the official Microsoft website. Select the file ‘SyncToySetupPackage_v21_x64.exe’ for downloading‘ and save it on your Windows PC.
- Go to the download folder and make a right mouse click on that file and select ‘Run as administrator‘.
- Give the installation program access to your windows PC and follow all instructions, especially allow the installation of Microsoft .NET Framework v4.5. Done! SyncToy should correctly be installed on Windows 10! Update 08/11/2015: If you got an error message because SyncToy requests for .Net 2.0 framework, first, download and install Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x64), then install SyncToy 2.1.
I tested SyncToy 2.1 on Windows 10 because, to my disappointment, the Sync Center of Windows 10 (technical preview) is having problems to sync and access offline folders and files! And indeed, SyncToy 2.1 is compatible with Windows 10 and works perfectly also in conjunction with my Apple’s Time Capsule and an external hard drive connected to a AirPort Extreme Base Station.
Stay tuned! 😉