iCloud for Windows 5 Adds iCloud Photo Library and Two-Factor Authentication

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has released iCloud for Windows 5 with support for iCloud Photo Library and two-factor authentication for Apple ID accounts. Windows users were previously limited to accessing iCloud Photo Library through the web interface.


    Apple recommends that iCloud for Windows users have Windows 7, 8 or 10 installed. For email, the software currently supports Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2013, while Outlook 2016 users can access iCloud Mail, Contacts, and Calendars on iCloud.com.
    Apple has published a support document for setting up and using iCloud Photo Library on Windows.

    Article Link: iCloud for Windows 5 Adds iCloud Photo Library and Two-Factor Authentication
  2. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    What the hell is Windows 5? .... Is what I thought right away.
  3. Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
  4. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    Is it just me that wishes that Apple would fix things for us mac users before trying to woo windows users. It does not seem that important compared to the fact that iCould sucks.
  5. Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    Lol exactly, took me a second that they mean iCloud for Windows, Version 5.
  6. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    They can try to do both at the same time.
  7. captain cadet macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
  8. Tucom macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    5 is my favorite version.
  9. bolix macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    Hard to believe but there are iPhone/iPad users who use Windows too.
  10. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
    It's really a shame of a company as rich as Apple to still not support Two-Factor Authentication to all countries while companies like facebook and google does.
  11. aloshka macrumors 65816

    Aug 30, 2009
    This is stupid. The photo sync is not automatic. You have to click download in icloud app or in explorer which will download to a downloads folder. Changes here are not reflected on icloud. So if you need to delete a photo you have to go to icloud.com and delete it there. Then delete from your downloads folder too. To upload you have to copy and image to upload folder and click upload.

    Very smooth . When downloading there is no progress bar and there are delays. So if it stops downloading that doesn't necessarily mean it's done. It could start up later again and download now photos
  12. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Guess I'm not the only one who thought Windows 5. Yay for legacy support :p
  13. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    The case is getting stronger for a Windows desktop that fills in the gaps of a headless Mac between the underpowered Mac Mini and the over priced Mac Pro. I can now access all my iCloud files and photos in my Windows 10 Bootcamp and do everything I used my Mac Mini for. My calendars, e-mail and contacts sync with my iPhone and iPad.

    Apple better get their desktop act together beside those AIO iMacs or I'll be headed to a Windows machine for my next desktop.
  14. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    I keep receiving the error, "Errors occurred while installing the updates. If the problem persists, choose Tools> Download Only and try installing manually."

    I am running Windows 10 Pro 64 bit with Office 2016. I assume I'm receiving this error because I have Office 2016 installed. Hopefully 2016 support follows.
  15. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2013
    London, UK
    I'll never use a Mac as my main computer. In love with Windows for 10+ years running. :p
  16. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    As someone who's had frustrating, seemingly unsolvable issues with getting iCloud to copy my photos to my PC over the years (starting with an iPhone 5S)... I am trying really, really hard not to get excited about this while I'm at work.

    And if I read that correctly, I can upload my photos much more automatically? Meaning, I can put my 2007-2013 library back into iCloud?
  17. CrzyP, Oct 23, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2015

    CrzyP macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2012
    So... Does this download images that have been edited on Apple devices or is it the original photo only? If so, if I re-edit a photo, does it update that photo on my PC?

    Update- Never mind. I found the answer. It will download an edited photo, but only one time. You have to manually re-download a photo if you make another edit.
  18. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    Windows CE 5.0

    I think Windows 98 is Windows 5.0 ?
  19. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    I'm glad I wasn't alone!
  20. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Sounds like Apple should just do a Photos app for Windows. Or encourage Windows users to use the web app.
  21. jermy4 macrumors demi-god

    Jun 27, 2010
    Yep, I was like whaaaaaaaat?
  22. Studioman macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2015
    I did too until I started using macs as my main computer. Now I don't know why I subjected me and my family to that stress. I actually owned a Mac for 2 years before I decided to dump Windows and use Windows as a program.
  23. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
    I recently tried iCloud Photo Library and wished it had Windows sync so I could easily use it on my Surface Pro in addition to my iOS devices and MacBook Pro. Great that it has that now, but, I didn't like the way it stored files on my MBP. Prior to IPL, folders served as albums when syncing tethered to my laptop, but IPL requires albums be redefined and imported into the OS X Photos app. If you choose to keep pictures stored locally, it buries them in folders named by date with no correlation to the albums they're stored in -- you have to use the Photos app to easily look through pictures by album, Finder isn't useful at all this way.

    Ideally, I'd be able to point the Photos app at my main pictures folder, and have it use the folder structure for Album definition and use that for IPL -- but it will only use imported pictures for IPL.
  24. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Warning: Doesn't work well if you have Outlook 2016 installed. The install will fail during the configuration phase. Workaround is to untick the checkbox to have it sync with Outlook.

    As a result, the install never finished successfully. Tried removing the "old" v4 version via Control Panel, and that gave an error as well, because whatever the v5 installer did, it corrupted the v4 entries in the registry. What a mess.

    I ended up having to make Internet Explorer emulate IE10 so that I could run the MS FixIt utility to fix the problem with the Add/Remove Programs control panel utility. (MS doesn't have their "FixIt" utilities ready for IE11 yet.)

    And good to see I wasn't the only one that thought, "Windows 5?? o_O".
  25. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    Whoever wrote the headline wasn't thinking -- "iCloud 5 for Windows" makes much more sense

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