Since the release of Windows 95 right through to Windows 7, a built-In utility named Briefcase allows you to store and synchronize files between two or more computers, as well as removable media such as a USB flash drive. In Windows 10 however, It's no longer available but It can still be created. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the Briefcase feature back Into Windows 10.
Please Note: As of Windows 10 Build 14942, Briefcase has been completely removed so If you're running this build and above, this tutorial will not work.
So what exactly Is Briefcase? Without the tech jargon, It's just like any other folder on your computer, but with synchronizing capabilities. This Is how It (simply) works. You create a Briefcase folder on your computer and place some files. You then copy that folder to another computer. Any changes made to the files In the Briefcase folders, will synchronize and update accordingly.
Prior to Windows 10 (and Windows 8), It's accessed by right-clicking on any blank area, selecting New and then Briefcase as Illustrated below.
You cannot do this on Windows 10, so I will demonstrate how to restore It, by using a neat little Registry file, that will automatically add the Briefcase option to the right-click context menu.
All that's required on your part, Is to execute the file, follow a couple of prompts, and the job's done. I have provided the download links to the Registry files, at the end of this article. So without further ado, let's rip Into this tutorial.
Step One:Once you've downloaded the file, extract It's contents to a folder of your choice, and double-click the Enable Briefcase.reg file. It will prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.
Step Two:A message will be displayed, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Windows Registry. Hit OK to finalize the process.
Step Three:Briefcase has now been added to the right-click menu. Here's a visual before this tweak was applied. I've right-clicked on a blank area on my desktop, and the option does not exist.
Step Four:And here's the result after the tweak. As you can see, Briefcase Is now available and ready to use. Let's make sure It's functional, by right-clicking and selecting New > Briefcase.
Step Five:It's created a folder named New Briefcase. This Is where files are stored and synchronized. I'll open It In the next step.
Step Six:Upon double-clicking It, a message of Sync files between two computers, Is Immediately displayed. This confirms It's functioning as It should.
Last Step:In the event you change your mind and want to remove Briefcase from the right-click menu, simply execute the Remove Briefcase.reg file, and hit Yes.
Final Thoughts:Briefcase Is not about copying files from one folder to another. This can easily be done using the copy & paste operation. It's objective Is to keep files synchronized, thus any changes made, will be updated across the Briefcase folders In question. Although not commonly used nowadays, It's still a rather effective utility when used to It's potential.
Use any of the links below, to download the aforementioned Registry Files.
Direct Link Mega:
Direct Link AnonFiles:
Direct Link Mediafire:
Direct Link Sabercathost:
Direct Link Uploadfiles: