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    How is this possible?, desktop background after formatting


    OS: was Windows 8. I had a unique background for my desktop (i.e. not a standard Windows 8) and I decided to completely wipe my harddrive and install Windows 8.1 instead of upgrading. I deleted every partition even the recovery partition with GParted, I formmatted the disk to ext2 then I decided to format the harddrive to an unallocated fs.

    So after having 1 big unallocated partition, I installed windows 8.1

    It did it's normal things, made 2 -3 little partitons for misc things, recovery partition w/e

    But the weird thing is... I had the same desktop as before.

    How is this possible after deleting all the partitions and formatting the disk?

    Thanks,
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    How is this possible after deleting all the partitions and formatting the disk?
    That is impossible IMHO (based on your description of your entire process); however, it is interesting nonetheless. So, can we get some more information on this unique background? Did it originally come as part of an available theme that was previously downloaded? How did you get it in the first place? Could we see a sceenshot of it please (if appropriate for public viewing)?
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    This is kind of spooky. Makes one wonder if there is some kind of secret MS cloud storage. Nah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    This is kind of spooky. Makes one wonder if there is some kind of secret MS cloud storage. Nah.
    I guess anything is possible these days. A special Microsoft Halloween trick (instead of a treat) maybe? Nah... However, I'm just wondering if it might have something to do with that MS Sync option that stores "who knows what?" Anyway, I can assure you that it would not happen if someone did as the OP described and created a local account during the clean install. Now, watch miketwenty1 come back with a response saying "But I did create a local account when I did my clean install" and then I would really be even more stumped than I am right now.
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    Did you log into the new installation with the same MS account? There are settings in windows 8 that cause your personalization and stuff to be backed up to your online microsoft login account. If you used the same account to log in, mother microsoft must have restored this backed up info. Isn't she nice, watching over you like that? :-)
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    In Windows 8.1 those settings are in the SkyDrive sync settings. It will sync your lock screen, desktop wallpaper, Metro screen background, user account picture, even your tile layout if you wish across multiply devices. If you reinstall and log back in with the same live ID it all gets refreshed back to what you had before.
    Charms bar > settings > Change PC Settings > SkyDrive > Sync Settings
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    I upgraded to 8.1 Pro with my Microsoft account & everything was kept including my desktop BG & lock screen picture & Metro screen pictures.

    I suspect the Microsoft account had a lot to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    This is kind of spooky. Makes one wonder if there is some kind of secret MS cloud storage. Nah.
    Its not a secret its SkyDrive
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    It was a bit of a pain for me. My laptop and desktop have different screen resolutions. I'd log into my laptop and my tiles would be messed up so I'd rearrange them back to what I wanted. Log into my desktop and its tiles would be messed up so I'd rearrange them. Wash, rinse and repeat. I had to turn some of the sync settings off to stop one from trying to mirror the other. It wasn't easy to find those settings either the first time I went looking.
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    Its not a secret its SkyDrive
    Well it sure was a big secret for the first 16 hours until someone mentioned the word "sync" 2 hours ago.
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