SyncToy, The Next Generation


On Friday, Microsoft released the production version of SyncToy 2.0, the sequel to the popular SyncToy 1.x file-synchronization program I've been using for over two years (the beta version appeared last fall).

So what's new? A few of the 16 new features include:

  • Native support for 64-bit Windows XP or Vista (choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version when downloading SyncToy 2.0
  • Support for encrypted files and folders
  • Folder pair rename
  • Dynamic drive letter assignment

For the entire list, see the SyncToy download page. Microsoft also offers a white paper (PDF format) on SyncToy 2.0, and offers a FAQ list on its forums.

Installation Notes

When you install SyncToy 2.0 on a system that includes a previous version, it upgrades the previous version automatically. To assure that your folders are properly detected, you should synchronize your folder pairs with your old version of SyncToy before installing version 2. SyncToy 2.0 requires the .NET Framework 2.0 (you'll be prompted to install it if your system doesn't have it already installed).

From the Makers of TweakUI and Other Great Windows XP PowerToys

SyncToy has the distinction of being the only PowerToy that works on both Windows XP and Windows Vista. For other PowerToys for Windows XP, stop by the Windows PowerToys website.

SyncToy, Toy or Tool? Your Feedback Wanted!

I love SyncToy, and the improvements should make it even better. What's your take? If you've never tried file synchronization before, is SyncToy 2.0 tempting enough to try it? Or, do you prefer another solution? Your comments, as always, are valued.

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