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Automatically Backup to SkyDrive 2.0

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a real tutorial, but here goes.

I’m going to show you how to backup to Windows Live SkyDrive, but this time, for free and it actually works, but still with some of the limitations(The 50MB limit, and a 9 subfolder limit). Here’s what you need:

  1. Microsoft Office 2010 (You can get the beta for free here)
  2. A Windows Live ID
  3. GoodSync(Or any other backup utility that works with Mapped Drives)
  4. Windows 7


Go to http://skydrive.live.com, and sign in.
Welcome to Windows Live - Google Chrome

Click the “Create Folder” link on the top left.
SkyDrive - Windows Live - Google Chrome2

Type in “Backup,” or whatever you want your backup folder to be called, and make sure that your privacy setting is set to “Just Me.” Click “Next,” and then on the next page, click “Cancel.” You won’t be doing anything else on SkyDrive for now.

Create a folder - Windows Live - Google Chrome2 Add files - Windows Live - Google Chrome2

Linking ID’s

Before you do anything else, you need to link Windows 7 with your Windows Live ID. To do this, go to the start menu, and click your account picture.
Start Menu 1

Click “Link Online IDs” in the sidebar, and then click “Add Online Provider.”
User Accounts2 Link Online IDs2

This should open up your default browser to the Online IDs page at Microsoft. Click you Operating System bits(32 or 64) download button, then click “Save”, and then after downloading, either click it, or push “Run.” If you need help telling which bit-version you have, click “Am I running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows?” link.
Windows 7 online ID providers - Microsoft Windows - Google Chrome (2) Open File - Security Warning

Follow the Installation process, and then click finish.
Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant Setup

Go back to the User Accounts window, if you’re not already returned there. You should see a Windows Live section in the list now. Click “Link Online ID,” and then enter your Windows Live ID information. Click “Sign In.” You’re done with that section. Now, we’re off to Office.
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Sign in - Windows Live ID


If you don’t have Microsoft Office 2010, you can get the beta version for free here.

Open up any Office application(You can use any application to do this, but for this example, I’m going to use Word.)

Click ‘File,” then click “Save and Send”(or “Share” if you have the beta version). Click “Save to Web”(or Save to SkyDrive in the beta version).
Document1 - Microsoft Word (3)

Click the “Sign In” button, and if you need to, enter your Windows Live information.
Windows Security

Office should think for a little bit, then it should show you all of your SkyDrive folders. Scroll down and click the “Save As” button. A window should pop up.
Document1 - Microsoft Word (4)2

In the window, select the address bar, and then copy the address by clicking it, selecting all of it, right-clicking it, and clicking “Copy”. Then click cancel. You just needed the address.
Save As (2)2

Windows Explorer

Now you need to go to “Computer”. You can do this by clicking on the Start button, and clicking “Computer”. In the window that opens, click “Map Network Drive”.

A window should open up. Right-click the textbox, and click “Paste.” Change “\whatever” (In the first picture, “\whatever” is \Pictures) to “\Backup”, or whatever you named the folder back in step 1. If you want, you can change the drive letter, but you don’t have to. Click “Finish”.

Map Network Drive (2)Map Network Drive (3)

It should start thinking. It may ask you for your Windows Live ID information. Give it to them.
Map Network Drive (4)2Windows Security (2)

It might take a little while, but it should open up a new window. That’s your SkyDrive Backup folder.
Computer (2)


Now it’s time for the good stuff. Download GoodSync at www.goodsync.com/download. Click the download button, and then click “Save.” After it’s done downloading, either click it, or click “Run.” Follow the installation steps, and then click “Finish.”
GoodSync Download - Google Chrome (2)

Start up GoodSync. If it’s your first time running it(and we assume it is), it will ask you to name your new backup. Name it something like “SkyDrive Backup,” and then click the “Backup” option. Click “Create”. (If you’re new to GoodSync, you might need to click the “Tutorial” link.)
New GoodSync Job

A new window should pop up, and a balloon should be pointing to a “Browse” button. This is your source folder; the folder you will be backing up. Click “Browse”.
1 SkyDrive Backup - GoodSync

A new window should open. Just browse to the folder you want, click on it, then click OK. In this example, I’m going to back up my “Pictures” folder.
Left Folder

Now a balloon should be pointing to another “Browse” button. This is your destination; the folder where you “Source” will go. So, in this example, “Pictures” is going to my SkyDrive backup drive. Click “Browse.”
1 SkyDrive Backup - GoodSync (2)

Click “My Computer,” and then click your SkyDrive backup drive. It should be under your physical drives, or your other mapped drives. Note: If you don’t want the contents of the “Pictures” folder(or whatever you picked) going into the backup drive, but instead want it going into a sub-directory, click your SkyDrive folder, and then click “Make New Folder,” and name it the name of the folder you wanted to back up. Click “Ok.”
Right Folder (5)

It should now start analyzing your source and destination. It’s now time to set up the automatic backup. Click the “Auto” button.
1 SkyDrive Backup - GoodSync (4)2

Now, in the picture below, I’m showing you the settings I use. I want it to sync on GoodSync Start, when the folders connect, and periodically. For periodically, I made it Mac style: It backs up every hour. But you can make it anything you want. if you don’t know what you’re doing, just use the settings I listed below(if you don’t have the fastest internet speed or the computer resources, I would recommend setting the time to over 2 hours). Click “Ok.”
[SkyDrive Backup] Options2

Next, to make the backup more automatic and less noticeable, go to the “Tools” menu, and then click “Program Options.” For these settings, you can also use the settings I’m using. Check “Show GoodSync in the system tray,” “Hide to system try when Main Window is closed,” and “Start GoodSync when Windows starts.” There you go.
GoodSync Options (2)

You should be ready to automatically backup to Windows Live SkyDrive! Enjoy!

Source: http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/totw/skydrive.asp


Written by Andreas J.

May 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Add network videos and pictures to Windows Live Movie Maker

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If you have a small hard drive, you probably don’t store all of your pictures and videos on it, but instead put it on a network drive. The only problem is, well, Windows Live Movie Maker doesn’t allow that. And I’m sure you don’t want to copy it over to your computer. So, thanks to the WithinWindows blog, I will show you how to add networked video to Windows Live Movie Maker.

Error you get for adding networked videos or pictures to Movie Maker


Let’s get started. First, make sure the folder that holds your videos is shared. If it’s not shared, or if your not sure it’s shared, right-click the folder, then click “Properties”

Next, click the “Sharing” tab, then click “Share…”

Next, click the drop down arrow, click “Everyone,” then click “Add”

Next, click the “Read” drop down button, click “Read/Write,” then click “Share.”

Hopefully you will get this screen. Click “Done.”

Now it’s time for the fun part: Getting those videos into Movie Maker. What your about to do is going to be really hard, but I’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

First, make sure Movie Maker is closed. Then click the “Start” button, search for “regedit.exe”, then push the “Enter” button on your keyboard. If User Account Control(UAC) pops up, click “OK.”

Next, browse to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Movie Maker” by clicking the arrows on the side of the window.

Next, click “Movie Maker” on the side of the window if you haven’t already, then right-click any blank spot, and choose “New” > “DWORD Value (your computer type) Value”. If you don’t know what “bit” your computer is, just choose “32”. “64 bit” if you have more than 4GB of RAM.

Type in “AllowNetworkFiles” then push “Enter” on the keyboard.

Next, double click the entry you just made, then replace “0” with “1”. Click “OK.”

Close the registry editor, then open up Windows Live Movie Maker and try to add a network file. It should work now.

Have fun making movies!

Source: Within Windows

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Written by Andreas J.

August 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Add Quick Launch back into Windows 7

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Sure, Windows 7 combines the Quick Launch bar and Taskbar, but some people might miss the old Quick Launch bar. This post shows you how to get Quick Launch back into Windows 7.

First, right-click the taskbar, select “Toolbars”, then click “New toolbar”

Next, type(or copy and paste) “%SystemDrive%\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch” into the “Folder” box, then click “Select Folder”

Yay! You now have the Quick Launch bar!

Next, if you want to set the Quick Launch where it’s supposed to be, just unlock the taskbar(right-click the taskbar, then uncheck “Lock the taskbar”), then drag the Quick Launch bar over to the left of the taskbar(or wherever you want it). You can also get rid of the toolbar and button titles by right-clicking the “Quick Launch” text and un-checking the “Text” and “title” check boxes.

Written by Andreas J.

June 23, 2009 at 1:48 am

Remove shadows from Windows 7 borders

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If you don’t like the shadows under every Windows 7 window, or have to take screenshots for a book or a blog post and get confused about the shadows, I have the fix for you (other people do too, actually.).

Click the “Start Orb” then right-click “Computer” and click “Properties”.

Next, click “Advanced system settings” in the window that pops up.

Click “Settings” under “Performance”

Then look for the “Show shadows under windows” entry and un-check the box. Click “OK”, then “OK”.

Now there are no more shadows under any window!


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Written by Andreas J.

May 6, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Posted in Windows, Windows 7