Automatically share your photos with friends and family

We talked about syncing your photos from one of your computers to another using Windows Live Sync. In this article we are going to take it a little further and show you how to automatically share your photos with friends and family members. I recently set up this process so that whenever a family member boots up their computer, the wallpaper they are using will change to a new photo that I put in a folder on my machine. They also have the ability to print share and do whatever else they want to do with the photos because the photos I put in the photo folder on my machine will get copied to the photo folder on their machine automatically over the Internet.

Let’s take a look at how to set this up. The first thing you need to do is download and install the Windows Live Sync application on each machine you want to have the photos show up on. During the setup you will want to have it sign in to your account autocratically so that it can always get the latest photos.

Now back on the main machine you will be using to send the photos to everyone else, login to the Sync website and create a new shared folder. The website will walk you through the process of adding a new folder from your computer. You will want to select the folder on your computer that you will be putting the photos you want to share with your friends and family in.

Once you select the folder you want to sync from the website, it will ask you for the email addresses of the people you would like to share the folder with. Enter each address in and hit the add button. It will then give you the chance to send an email asking everyone to add that folder to their sync account. When the individuals go to add the folder to their computer it will walk them through a wizard asking them where on their computer they would like to have the photos show up. Once they have done this final step the folder they selected on their computer will automatically receive any photos you put on your computer.

If you want to take this setup a step further you can get a free wallpaper switcher such as Wallpaper Slideshow LT and have it point to the synced folder to have it use a new photo every 30 minutes or whatever you prefer for your desktop wallpaper. If you have Windows 7 it already has this feature built in.

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