Microsoft KB Archive/169444

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Article ID: 169444

Article Last Modified on 9/3/2002


  • Microsoft Windows CE 1.0

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You cannot synchronize files with a second desktop computer using a guest relationship.


A Handheld PC (H/PC) can synchronize files only with the computer with which it has formed a primary relationship.


To synchronize files with a second computer, the H/PC must form a new primary relationship with that computer. This replaces the original primary relationship. After you have formed the new primary relationship, you can synchronize files with the second computer.

When you return to the original computer, you must reestablish the primary relationship with that computer. Changing host computers repeatedly has no adverse effects.


You may want to connect your device to a desktop computer to copy a file to your device. However, you may not want to synchronize information or may not plan to connect to the desktop computer on a regular basis. In such a case, set up your device as a guest.

While working as a guest, information can be copied or moved between your device and the desktop computer, you can back up the information on your device, and you can add programs to your device. However, you cannot synchronize information between a guest device and a desktop computer.

A guest device has only a temporary connection with a desktop computer. Once the guest device is disconnected from the desktop computer, settings for the guest device, such as back up and conversion settings, are deleted. The next time the device connects to the desktop computer, you will again need to set it up as a guest device with the desktop computer.

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