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How To Share Files Among Mac and PCs

Share files among PCs and Macs with the Windows Live Mesh 2011 free utility.

BYTE -- Sharing files among PCs and Macs is easier than you think. Here's how to download and use the Windows Live Mesh 2011 free utility to share folders and files among PCs and Macs.

First, use your PC to head to the Windows Live Mesh 2011 website and download the installer file.

This starts the installer.

At the first screen, select the option to Choose the Programs You Want to Install. Hit Enter.

If you already have programs from Windows Live Essentials installed, you'll see them on screen. Check Windows Live Mesh. Click install.

If you have certain Microsoft programs running -- an example is Outlook -- the system will prompt you to close them before continuing with the install. Then the process begins.

After you install Live Mesh 2011, you'll find it in the Start menu under All Programs >> Windows Live. Launch it from there.

Note: You must install Windows Live Mesh 2011 on each system that will be sharing and syncing files and folders with other systems.

The first time you launch Live Mesh, either log into your Windows Live account or create one.

Now check both boxes so the system remembers your ID and passwords and signs you in automatically. This makes it easier to sync your files and folders later.

Now it's time to add the folders you want to share. Here, notice I've already added a few. To add a new folder, click Sync a Folder.

Then select the folder you want to sync with other computers. Click Sync.

Select the devices where you want to sync the folder. Here I'm selecting SkyDrive Synced Storage cloud service and I and syncing it with my Windows 7 PC. Click OK.

The system will start syncing the folder I selected.

When syncing is complete, the system shows a green checkmark. You’ll get a message notifying you that your synced folders are up to date.

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