SyncToy: Synchronize files in Windows

SyncToy for Windows is a free software from Microsoft that can help you synchronize, copy, backup and maintain folders or files on your computers. If you have ever felt the need to sync the contents of two folders regularly, and were looking for an easy way to do it, SyncToy may be just what you were looking for.

SyncToy for Windows


We create files on our digital cameras, e-mail, smartphones, portable media players,  laptops, and so on. SyncToy is a cool tool that can help you synchronize such files in folders of your choosing, by copying, renaming, and deleting them across devices. While there are many other ways to copy files in Windows, SyncToy is faster and easier to configure – and convinient too

You need to first define your folders and the actions you want performed on each folder pair. In short have to create folder pairs. A folder pair is a collection of data items that tells SyncToy how to synchronize two folders and optionally their subfolders.

Once you have done that, you have to configure and tell SyncToy what to do in case of the following file conflict scenarios:

  • Files that have been renamed in both folders,
  • Files deleted from one folder and renamed in the other,
  • Files renamed in one folder and modified in the other, and
  • Other file conflict situations.

SyncToy will then let you sync a single pair of folders or all of your folder pairs with a single click. Save your folder pairs and you can sync them again and again with a single click of a button. You can even set up SyncToy to run unattended.

SyncToy 2.1 includes several new features and improvements. Read about them and download it from Microsoft.

We suggest you also check out FreeFileSync and other File and Folder Synchronization Freeware for Windows 8.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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