Ditch Dropbox, Setup Windows Live Mesh – The Easy Way To Syncing Files Between PCs to PCs to Macs and Cloud

Do you still using the 2GB free version of Dropbox ? If you don’t know what is Dropbox, it’s okay, there exists something better than Dropbox in almost every category. If you do, then really there is no reason for you to not start using Windows Live Mesh.

Right out of the box Windows Live Mesh offer you 5GB of free cloud storage space. Compare to Dropbox’s 2GB basic free plan, you getting an additional 3GB cloud storage. (Also note, the distinct difference between cloud storage hosted by Microsoft and cloud storage from Amazon, which Dropbox still rely on, tend to go down from time to time.)

Sounds pretty good for additional free cloud storage ? Well there are even better news, Windows Live Mesh doesn’t just sync to the cloud. It also allows you to sync files and folders to other PCs or Macs with almost no limit.

With multiple computers that have Windows Live Mesh signed-in, you can sync peer to peer without even sending files to Microsoft.

If you have two or more computers with Windows Live Mesh installed, you can sync folders between them (peer-to-peer). With Windows Live Mesh, you can sync up to 200 folders, each up to 50 GB in size and containing up to 100,000 files. When you sync folders between computers, any changes you make on one computer will be made on the other whenever the computers are online at the same time. The contents of the synced folders are saved on all of the computers, so you can still work on them even when you’re not connected to the Internet.

Do the math, 200 folders times 50 GB, that’s almost 10TB of files to sync between computers !

Are you excited ? I sure did when I first learned this service.

Here is how to get started

Go download Windows Live Mesh if you haven’t, it’s one of the program within Windows Live Essential.


Go to Start Menu, Type “Mesh”


Find the program called, “Windows Live Mesh”


From here on, you can now select the folders that you wish to Sync.


Expend the folder, You will find “Select devices”, click on this will allow you to pick and choose which device or computer you wish to sync with. A list of Computers that you have signed-in with your Windows Live account will be showing here. Also from there you get the option to whether or not to store the file on the SkyDrive.


If you have used any kind of online backup or sync tool before, this Windows Live Mesh will not disappointing you.

Give Windows Live Mesh a try if you have multiple computers. Managing files between your computers has just become easier than ever !

  • mickael

    If you have computer-A and synchronize folder-A with Live Mesh, is it possible to then mount that folder-A in computer-B?

    or what happens if computer-A gets stolen, is there a way to download all files from Live Mesh to a new computer?

  • Louis Manygoats

    Yes, it is an blatant ad but I think people are smart enough to figured it out so I approved a comment anyway. In fact I’d prefer them to be honest and just suggest their tool instead of trying to make it look like it was someone else…

  • Mike

    jowunger: Thats the point, you don’t have to send the data through microsoft. Not to mention, DropBox left there system open for anyone to log into anyone else’s account without a password – for 4 hours! All that data is STORED on and goes through their cloud, hence why you should not trust THAT sync system and why microsofts system is much safer – stored and synced locally and directly over network.