Installing SyncToy on Windows 8

I recently built a new PC with Windows 8.1. Having set everything up I started installing my usual applications, one of which is Microsoft SyncToy which I use to backup my files to an external drive.

However every time I tried installing SyncToy, the installer window would appear and then disappear instantaneously, without any errors and needless to say nothing installed.

Quick search on Google provided me with the answer. SyncToy requires .NET Framework 2.0 and Windows 8 comes built with .NET Framework 4.0 – strange that it didn’t work though as I always thought the newer versions of the framework always includes the previous versions for backward compatibility – anyway to get YncToy installed and running on Windows 8 is quite straight forward.

Step 1.

Download the SyncToy installer from the Microsoft website.

Step 2.

Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on or off

Step 3.

Select “.NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)” – as the description says it includes .NET Framework 2.0


Step 4.

Click on Ok and let the framework install.

Step 5.

Locate the SyncToy installer package that you downloaded in Step 1.

Step 6.

Right click on the installer and select “run as administrator” from the context menu.



Progress through the installation wizard and once finished SyncToy should be installed and ready to run.

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