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Photostream is not syncing on my Windows 7 PC

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  • crystalfrombonaire Calculating status...
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    Oct 22, 2011 8:08 PM (in response to WaterOz)

    Ok so I was having this exact same problem and just recently fixed it.  When you go to your iCloud desktop check photostream and then click apply at the bottom of the dialog box.  It takes a minute to load but you will see the folder appear and then the pictures will begin to show up one at a time.  I hope this works fo you as it did for me.

  • cdn-tallguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apply? Pretty obvious, no? but that doesn't do anything, at least not for me...

  • HenriqueCHGE Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2011 4:43 AM (in response to WaterOz)


    It is true that icloud application for Windows PC is not very comfortable. I used it for a few minutes and I stopped, personally, I'll buy an iMac, that I hear is much more convenient.


    See you soon!

  • Rndmzr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2011 10:59 AM (in response to WaterOz)

    I'm having a similar problem, also.  When I installed the iCloud application / control panel, and enabled Photostream, the main folder was created, along with the Uploads subfolder, but didn't create the My Photo Stream subfolder.


    No photos are downloaded to my PC (Windows 7, 32-bit).  I manually created this My Photo Stream subfolder and tried taking more pictures.  Same outcome.


    All pictures correctly and quickly appear on my iPad.


    However, strangely and differently, any pictures I put in the Uploads folder *do* get placed in my stream and appear on my iPhone and iPad.


    I've tried the permissions thing, though the system user, administrators, and myself as the logged in user already had Full Permissions.


    My PC, in response to your specific query, is not on a domain, so I'm afraid that might not be the answer.


    I'm also getting a little frustrated!

  • cdn-tallguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2011 11:14 AM (in response to Rndmzr)

    I'm having exactly the same issue on Vista SP2.
    My Photo Stream subfolder for downloads not created automatically so I created Download folder manually.

    Uploads to iCloud Photo Stream working just fine but no downloads....

  • Rndmzr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2011 11:44 AM (in response to WaterOz)

    I've preliminarily found the source of the issue for me.  I use PeerBlock as a free personal firewall solution, and I've found that when I set it to allow HTTP connections, Photostream works ok.


    The reason it's preliminary for me is that that was how it was set already, I blocked HTTP and then allowed it again, and then it started working.  And I can't see how a personal firewall would have prevented the iCloud control panel from making the directory in the first place.


    I also tried temporarily disabling the Avast! Real Time Protection shield too, but that hadn't made a difference.


    I remain unconvinced, but am receiving photo stream files for now.

  • brstowe Calculating status...
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    Oct 25, 2011 7:07 AM (in response to WaterOz)

    Hi everyone ...


    After reading everyone's comments, I think I have managed to find a solution:

    I've managed to get this to work on two Windows 7 computers/iphone/ipad setups now.


    The default iCloud setup created a single folder "Photostream" with a subfolder "Uploads".

    I changed this to Download to /Photostream/Downloads, and uploads to /Photostream/Uploads (ie.create another subfolder in /Photostream and redirect all downloads)


    Magically any photo I drag/copy/move in to the uploads folder, is uploaded, and unexpectedly re-downloaded into the new /Downloads folder. This downloaded image is the one distributed across all devices, allowing you to delete the original file copied into /Uploads.


    Please let me know if this works for anyone else.



  • cdn-tallguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 25, 2011 9:15 AM (in response to brstowe)

    Rather confusing I think and not a real solution or is it?

  • cdn-tallguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 25, 2011 10:40 AM (in response to WaterOz)

    Why is iCloud on the PC not automatically creating the "My Photo Stream" Folder? (Download folder) as subfolder in the Photo Stream folder? It creates the "Upload" folder and this one is working for me.

  • Rndmzr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 25, 2011 12:37 PM (in response to cdn-tallguy)

    I don't know the why I'm afraid, but that is exactly what happened to me, and the problem seems to have been a personal firewall issue somehow.  I can't see how that could really be the answer, but it worked for me.  I suspect that we really need the input of proper Apple techs here.

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