Online Information Sharing (OIS) by Jimmy Lim

Microsoft SyncToy v2.0 Beta is out

SyncToy v2.0 Beta for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center.

Download SyncToy v2.0 Beta for Windows here.


The following features were added to this release of SyncToy version 2.0:

1) Dynamic Drive Letter Assignment: Drive letter reassignment will now be detected and updated in the folder pair definition.

2) True Folder Sync: Folder creates, renames and deletes are now synchronized for all SyncToy actions.

3) Exclusion Filtering Based on Name: File exclusion based on name with exact or fuzzy matching.

4) Filtering Based on File Attributes: The ability to exclude files based on one or more file attributes (Read-Only, System, Hidden).

5) Unattended Folder Pair Execution: Addressed issues related to running scheduled folder pairs while logged off.

6) Folder Pairs With Shared Endpoints: Ability for folder pairs associated with the same or different instances of SyncToy to share end-points.

7) Command line enhancements: Added the ability to manage folder pairs via the command line interface.

8) The SyncToy engine has been rearchitected to provide scalability and the ability to add significant enhancements in future releases.

9) Sync engine is also more robust insomuch that many single, file level errors are skipped without affecting the entire sync operation.

10) Sync Encrypted Files: Sync of Encrypted files works when local folder and files are encrypted, which addresses the common scenario involving sync between local, encrypted laptop PC folder and remote, unencrypted desktop PC folder.

11) 64-Bit compatibility.

12) Folder pair rename.

13) Sub-folder Exclusion Enhancements: Descendents creates under excluded sub-folders are automatically excluded.

14) Folder Pair Metadata Moved: Folder pair metadata removed from MyDocuments to resolve any issues with server-based folder pair re-direction setup.

15) Removed combine and subscribe actions.


Some negative feedbacks from the Internet:

1) With Synctoy 2.0, the time for a complete preview goes up to more than an hour; in fact, the preview can’t even be completed. Synctoy seems to complete the comparison part but gets stuck when “”Adding an action for <random filename here>”, which i eventually have to stop, resulting in Synctoy telling me it has reached a “user defined breakpoint” some ten seconds later.

2) I have SyncToy 2.0, and all I have tried to so far is a preview. It always hangs up about 1/2 way through the “looking for changes” part of the scan. After a while (10-15 minutes), I give up and press the Stop button. Sometimes I have to pull up task manager and end the process. My MyDocs folder has 44,607 files, 3,163 sub-folders, and is 15.5 GB in size.

3) I have also gotten the “user defined breakpoint” message in the preview process before Synctoy crashes.  I have gotten this message before, and it seems tied to the length of the filename or the number of folders, because I was able to resolve it by looking at where the preview stopped (what file group) and basically moving up the folder a few levels.  There is one folder in particular that I have been doing that with every time I back up my computer.

Due to many of this problem of incomplete checks, slowness, many users stick to use SyncToy v1.4 on their XP machines rather than upgrade it.


On of the main reason users wanted to upgrade to SyncToy v2.0 is its compatibility of Vista 64-bit operating system, and I have a workaround solution for SyncTor v1.4 to be able to run on Vista 64-bit operating system, it works perfectly.

See this article – Microsoft SyncToy v1.4 for Windows Vista 64-bits Operating System

With this tweak, you can use SyncToy v1.4 on Windows Vista 64-bits Operating System.


Sunday, 23 March 2008 - Posted by | Microsoft, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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