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Restoring A Link On An Old 1.3 Install On Xp To Other 2.1 Installs

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I have just one folder shared across a laptop and two desktop machines.  Two machines are running Windows 7 and I am therefore running BT Sync 2.1;  but the third machine needs to keep running Windows XP for the time being (long story!) and so I have BT Sync 1.3 on that.

 

All was running fine, the two Win 7 machines upgraded to 2.0 when it came out and all continued without incident.

 

Yesterday I had to reformat and fully reinstall on one of the Win 7 machines. I 'fiddled' with BT Sync without fully understanding what I was doing but eventually managed to get the two Win 7 machines talking to each other and syncing fine.  However, I now seem to have broken the link between both of those and the third Win XP machine. Ver 2.1 on the Win 7 machines seems to have a 'key' which is different from the 'secret' in the Ver 1.3 install on Win XP...  and when I try to copy the secret / key between the two machines, each says the code from the other is invalid.

 

Any help welcomed here, please   :)

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A "secret" and a "key" are essentially the same thing - the terminology was just changed between Sync 1.3 -> 1.4

 

Why can't you run Sync 1.4 on your XP machine?

 

The last version of Sync 1.4 (1.4.111) provides the best compatibility with Sync 2.x

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Ah!  Thank you so much for that hint! 

 

I have found the installer for 1.4.111 and will install it on Monday when I am back at the location where my XP machine is located.  Hopefully this will help solve the problem.

 

Once I have installed 1.4.111, what steps should I take to restore the link on the XP machine to the two running 2.1 on Win 7 machines?  Do I simply copy the key from one of the Win 7 machines into the key field in the dialog of the 1.4 install?  (That is where I was getting the error message in 1.3 though...  it was telling me that they 'secret' I was copying from the 'key' in 2.1 wasn't valid...  I was emailing the key to myself and then trying to copy/paste it into the 'secret' field in the dialog...  or can't you copy and paste and you have to type it out character by character?

 

Ideally I would just like to restore the relationship between the existing single folder and its contents / subfolders...  without having to have all the contents come across the network afresh...  but if I need to let that happen, it's not a big deal of course.

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I have installed 1.4.111 on the XP machine and sending a key by copy/paste from one of the Win7 machines;  but still getting the error message "Please enter a valid key".  The key is definitely the one generated on the Win7 machine.

 

Any ideas will be much appreciated!

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HI,

Iv'e got the same pb with my Vista machine. I tried to copy "p=" or "i=" key part of link generated on my 2.0 Sync machines but it stays in "approval pending" state.

I managed to create a working link in the other way: from my 1.4 app to the 2.0 sync machine, so pc see each other well, Sync apps are working well, but that's not the way i need to sync. I have a 2.0 sync server !!

 

Thanks all for helping us.

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@med44 - In the absence of any further ideas from the experts here, I followed your tip and did manage to create a working link from the 1.4 across to the 2.0 machines.  I had to manually transfer the files to the 1.4 XP machine first.  A bit fiddly but we got there...  hopefully the devs might note that it doesn't seem to work the other way.

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@all,

 

To share a folder from Sync 2 to Sync 1.4 you need to add a classic 1,4 folder on Sync 2 and share either via key or link. Links from 2.0 will not work on Sync 1.4, especially partly copied links (I mean "p=" or "i=" key part and alike)

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