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Sync Your Windows Computer with Your Ubuntu One Account [Desktop Client]

Do you have a Windows computer that needs to be synced with the Ubuntu systems connected to your Ubuntu One account? Not a problem. Just grab a copy of the Ubuntu One Desktop Client and in just a few minutes your Windows system will be feeling the Ubuntu love.

Once you get the desktop client installed you will see a new System Tray Icon waiting for you. Access the Context Menu and select Add this computer to start the syncing process.

Enter your account details into the login window that appears and click Connect to Ubuntu One.

Go back to the System Tray Icon, access the Context Menu, and select Synchronize Now. You can monitor the progress as small desktop notification messages keep you updated during the synchronizing process.

The newly synchronized files will be placed in an Ubuntu One Folder under Documents/My Documents.

Here is a quick peek at the Preferences Window. The only odd thing (bug) that we noticed with the whole setup was “Disconnected” being displayed even though our system was freshly synchronized and logged in.

Note: Works on Windows XP (with SP3 & Windows Installer 4.5), Vista, and Windows 7. You will need to have the .NET 4 Framework installed (links for both installer types provided below).

Need to access your Ubuntu One account directly through your browser? Then see our article on Accessing and Managing Your Ubuntu One Account in Chrome and Iron.


Download the Ubuntu One Desktop Client [Ubuntu One Wiki] *Click on the ( link to start the download.

Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer) [Microsoft]

Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Web Installer) [Microsoft]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/4/11

Comments (11)

  1. javabean

    thanks AsianAngel for the story. But most importantly for pointing everyone too the required programs(AKA Dependencies). If i knew anyone still using windows i would be able to set this all up for them.

    P.S. I haven’t used windows in Years, is there any change on the “automatic dependency resolution” front for those poor windows users? I ask cause of rumors i have heard that M$ may be releasing an “Application-Repository” aka App-Store.

  2. AsianAngel

    @javabean – You are very welcome. ^_^ I keep a list/database of those links on hand…it has been extremely useful so many times! When I do find a new link like those I add it in…

    Quite a few of the apps that I have installed on Windows recently do check to see if the required “components” are installed or not. So far they have been great on getting those “components” downloaded on their own during the installation process. A perfect example is the MetroTwit app that I recently wrote up. ^_^ But I know that there are quite a few that will not do that either. :( It all depends on which one you are working with…

    If Microsoft does come out with an app repository that would make things rather interesting (setup/layout, using it, what is included, etc).

  3. Omar Hafiz

    Gonna be a great help for those of us who have multiple computers or need to access all their files from the internet. Thanks.

  4. Eitan

    I think that dropbox is much better.

  5. Omar Hafiz

    @Eitan – Dropbox isn’t available for Linux.

  6. Nilpohc

    @Omar Hafiz – Yes Dropbox is available on Linux !

  7. AsianAngel

    @Omar Hafiz – Um, actually Dropbox is available for Linux.and the install files can be found here:

  8. Omar Hafiz

    Sorry everyone, it appears that Dropbox is available for Linux. I visited their site many times and always see “Free for Windows, Mac and mobile” and no Linux!

    Thank Nilpohc and AsianAngel for clearing it up.

  9. Eitan

    Then it appears the added linux.
    Now you can see on their site:”Free for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Mobile”

  10. Nilpohc

    Linux has been supported for a while (i tried it months ago on my Ubuntu install) but maybe it was not official until recently, i guess. Anyway, this article makes want to give a try to “Ubuntu One” so thanks to HTG.

  11. AsianAngel

    @Nilpohc – You are welcome. ^_^ While Dropbox is wonderful I find myself liking Ubuntu One even more. ^_^ I have had two Dropbox accounts for a while now but already have more “stuff” in my Ubuntu One account than both Dropbox accounts combined. ^_^ Between the two Ubuntu One is definitely my #1 choice. ^_^

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