How to Change Sync to Directory Windows Mobile Center

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How to Change Sync to Directory Windows Mobile Center
The Windows registry holds the synchronisation folder for Windows Mobile. (pda image by .shock from

The Windows Mobile Device Center has the ability to synchronise with a folder on your computer with a Windows Mobile device such as a Pocket PC or phone. By default, the folder used for file synchronisation has a name similar to Documents on My Smartphone. However, with a small registry change, you can have your Windows Mobile device synchronise with any folder in your Documents folder.

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  1. 1

    Remove the Windows Mobile device from the cradle or USB cable to disconnect it from your computer, and close the Windows Mobile Device Center if it is currently running.

  2. 2

    Press the Windows logo and "R" keys at the same time to display the "Run" dialogue. Type "regedit" without quotation marks in the "Run" dialogue and press "Enter." The registry editor is displayed.

  3. 3

    Click the triangle-shaped icons to the left of each folder to navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows CE Services > Partners (the alphanumerical ID of your device) > Services > Synchronisation." Click the "Synchronization" folder.

  4. 4

    Double-click "Briefcase Path" on the right side of the window. Change the name under Value Data to the name of the folder--preceded and followed by backslashes--that you would like to use when synchronising your device. Note that this folder must be inside your Documents folder, located by default in C:\Users(Your Name)\Documents. For example, if you have created a folder in your Documents folder called Sync, you would enter "\Sync\" in the Value Data box.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" and close the registry editor.

  6. 6

    Launch the Windows Mobile Device Center from your Start menu, then connect the device to your computer. Wait for the word "Connected" to appear in the lower-left corner of the Windows Mobile Device Center.

  7. 7

    Hover the mouse pointer over "Mobile Device Settings" and click "Change Content Sync Settings."

  8. 8

    Click the blue "Sync Settings" link under Files. The folder that you selected to sync your device with is now displayed under "Synchronize the files in this folder."

Tips and warnings

  • If a folder name is entered incorrectly when modifying the Briefcase Path registry entry, the synchronisation partnership between your device and the Windows Mobile Device Center may be damaged. If this happens, you must uninstall and reinstall the Windows Mobile Device Center. Exercise caution when modifying this registry entry.

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