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Suggestion for Windows 8 Feature

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  • I was trying to download things in my virtualized copy of Windows 8 64-bit with the Developer Tools, but for some reason it'd say they were downloaded but they actually weren't. 

    So I got to thinking: What about a system wide integration of SkyDrive? Since Windows 8 is heavily integrated with Live, why not integrate SkyDrive into W8? I think it'd be a great way to move files from one PC to another. It'd certainly help move the files I need from my main PC to my VM copy of W8 with the dev tools, due to the fact that the VM copy doesn't save things I download from IE10.

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011 12:25 AM

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  • Ray is certainly a man with his head in the clouds. Mind you he does look a lot younger than me and his workflow might be entirely different. A virtual OS and Skydrive are not things I know much about or have a need for so, as a home user, I do not feel I need more bloat to my system. As I understand it (I could be wrong) a virtual OS is not available to Windows home (majority of users) and does skydrive deal in terrabytes?

    I wonder what Ray uses for backing up?
    My system drive is just that and is backed up as a system image to an external drive. User folders such as 'My documents', 'Videos' etc are redirected to other drives with such file backups as I feel I need. If I have a need to transfer files then I can either move the drive (to new computer) or use the external drive to copy from.

    No doubt a system wide integration might be useful to a few of the younger more enlightened ones but not to the wider user base.

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:33 AM
  • DRH, sorry, but you kind of lost me throughout that reply. What are you talking about? I'm not talking about a virtual OS, I said I was running Windows 8 in VirtualBox, so it was virtualized. SkyDrive is a free online Microsoft service to store your stuff. It doesn't have terabytes of space. Not even close.

    What I was suggesting was system wide integration of SkyDrive so you could store say, a document, from one computer onto your Live account's SkyDrive, and access it from any other computer that you are connected to on your Live account. 

    tl;dr It'd be an easy way to move files between computers

     

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011 5:54 AM
  • What I was suggesting was system wide integration of SkyDrive so you could store say, a document, from one computer onto your Live account's SkyDrive, and access it from any other computer that you are connected to on your Live account. 

    tl;dr It'd be an easy way to move files between computers

     


    Have you tried Windows Live Mesh?  

    http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-other-programs?T1=t4&os=other

     

    In fact, I haven't tried it yet on W8 myself...   That would be a good test but I'm on W7 ATM.   ; )

     

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    Tuesday, December 27, 2011 6:53 AM
  • So I got to thinking: What about a system wide integration of SkyDrive? Since Windows 8 is heavily integrated with Live, why not integrate SkyDrive into W8?

    the Live Integration is for Metro apps only, Desktop applications are dead for Microsoft.
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:55 PM

  • Have you tried Windows Live Mesh?  

    That would be a good test but I'm on W7 ATM.   ; )


    It works.   I synchronized my Desktop (except for many shortcut icons).   Now I obviously should clean up my W7 Desktop.   What a mess.

    It synchronize my Favorites too.   Another mess.

    There may some advantages to not doing this.   ; }

     

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    Friday, December 30, 2011 4:10 PM