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Windows Live Mesh 2011 for Mac: Getting Started

Earlier I showed you how to get started with Windows Live Mesh 2011. This free service lets you easily share files and folders between computers and SkyDrive. There’s also a version for Mac OS X. Here’s how to set it up and start using it.

First, download and install the latest version of Windows Live Mesh for Mac. In this example, I’m installing it on my Mac running OS X Lion 10.7.3. Launch the .dmg file and drag the Live Mesh icon into the Applications folder.


Open the Applications folder and double click the Live Mesh icon.

launch WLM

Now enter in your Windows Live ID username and password. Check all three options to remember your credentials and sign in automatically. Click Sign In.


Windows Live Mesh for Mac launches. You’ll see a list of your synced folders, computers and SkyDrive. To sync data from your Mac, click the Sync a Folder button at the bottom of the window.

Live MEsh Mac

Now browse to the location of the folder you want to sync on your Mac.

select folder

Next select the systems you want to sync your Mac’s data with. Here I ‘m selecting my main PC and SkyDrive. Click OK.

location to sync

A Sending Files notification appears while the folder is synced to SkyDrive and the Windows computer.

sending data

All done. Sync is complete. You’ll see a green checkmark icon with the message Up to Date.

sync complete

Here I’m logged into the Windows machine I synced the Mac folder with. Launch Windows Live Mesh if it’s not already running and you’ll see the folder is syncing.

Windows Live Mesh

When it’s complete, click on that folder. Then click the link to bring you to the directory it’s located in.

Open Sync Folder Location

There you’ll find folder and files you synced from the Mac.

files location

Note: The My Documents directory on this machine is also being backed up to the cloud via Carbonite. This adds extra peace of mind knowing files are backed up to multiple locations.

Log into your SkyDrive account – works best in Internet Explorer 9, and you’ll see the files from the Mac have been backed up here as well.

Synced to SkyDrive

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One Response to Windows Live Mesh 2011 for Mac: Getting Started

  1. Krister Renaud February 26, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    On caveat is that Live Mesh will NOT run from HFS formatted to be case sensitive. If you try it will crash just after launch.

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