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Windows 7: Win7 Sync questions

18 Feb 2010   #1
MisterActorMan

 
Win7 Sync questions

So I've recently realized that I want a program to automatically sync my libraries instead of me needing to copy/delete/etc everything manually; I'm managing around a hundred folders, thousands of files, and about 80 gigs of various data.

I have a laptop with Windows 7 RC Ultimate (32bit) and a desktop with Windows 7 Pro (32bit). I'd like to establish fast and efficient backup between the two. (I know RC expires soon, I'd like to update; backup would be nice to learn before that point!)

My question revolves not only around Windows 7 Sync programs, but also with how they interact with one another / another program (suite), Sony Vegas and Sony Media Manager.

I am getting into video/media production and I have started installing a variety of programs and suites onto my computers. On my laptop, I installed Sony Sound Forge, Vegas, and DVD Architect. Bundled with this was Sony Media Manager, which has SOME RELATIONSHIP THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND with Microsoft SQL Desktop Server.

ON MY LAPTOP: After installing all the Sony Programs, including Sony Media Manager, a Windows Sync Center icon started appearing in my status bar. I haven't used it yet.

ON MY DESKTOP: After installing all the Sony Programs, when Sony Media Manager tries to install I received an error saying that an MSQS $MSI something something enu something something .dll file could not be located.

Now, on my Desktop I had JUST installed SyncToy 2.1 and also had installed Windows Live Essentials some time ago.

For installing Sony Sound Forge (and presumably some of the other Sony programs), I needed to install MS .NET 1.1 before installing could commence.

So...

On my Laptop I had relatively few apps, installed .NET 1.1, and Sony programs installed correctly...and Sync Center icon appeared in the status bar.

On my desktop I had loads of apps, including SyncToy 2.1 & Windows Live (and all of its associated apps: desktop toolbar, live ID assistant, etc). I installed .NET 1.1 and the Sony programs...and Sony Media Manager will not run, and there's no Sync Center icon.

I've proceeded to uninstall as much as I can off my desktop. I uninstalled the Sony programs first, then uninstalled Synctoy, and then went on to uninstall Sync Network Services and Sync Framework. Also on there were Sync Framework 2.0 Core Components AND Provider Services, which I've uninstalled.

I'm essentially removing everything to do with this sync/sharing/etc business and want to reinstall everything so that it works correctly.

Right now, on my Desktop there is Microsoft Office 2007 and 20190, MS Office Send0a-Smile, Outlook Hotmail Connector 32bit Beta, MS Save as PDF add-in, MSSE, MS Silverlight, MS Sync Framework 2.0 Core Components, MS Visual C== 2005 ATL Update, MS Visual C== 2--5 redistributable.

Right now, on my laptop there is identical MS Office stuff, MSSE, MS Silverlight, then MS SQL Server Desktop Engine (SONY_MEDIAMGR).

The Sony programs I'm using are a couple versions old. Sony Sound Forge 8.0, Vegas 7.0, and DVD Architect 4.0. On both laptop and desktop: I've also installed the Sony-owned but separate Sony Acoustica Mixcraft 4.2 (on both machines.); Sony ACID Express 7.2; recently installed the MS Office 2010 Beta, upgrading from MS Office 2007.

My question: In what order to I install this stuff? (especially the .NET software...I have 1.1 now. Do I need to install in a certain order up to the current one? Should I not install .NET Framework software?) Do I have to install .NET first (what version?)? Framework first? Live first? Sony stuff first? In what order?

What is SQL Server? What version do I need? What are all the additional Microsoft programs, like Sync Framework, etc? Additionally: Why is Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update and Redistributable installed? Is that another Sync thing I should remove? Should I bother with SyncToy at all?

I'd like to use only MS-specific software unless necessary, which I hear is the case with synchronizing and the reason for getting SyncToy.
My goal is to easily Sync files/libraries between these two computers; to have a variety of editing suites to practice/explore and that work as they are intended; to minimize extra programs that are unnecessary; to understand how each program is necessary/interacting with the sync system.


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