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Problems Syncing Settings Between Surface Pro 3 & Desktop

  1. #1


    Houston, Texas
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Problems Syncing Settings Between Surface Pro 3 & Desktop


    So as my title suggests, I'm having a little bit of difficulty here syncing my Microsoft account's settings between these two devices. One of the problems is that it worked a little too well.

    I had spent a great deal of time organizing the start screen layout of my Surface Pro 3 the day I received it. My desktop computer, however, has a jumbled mess of a start screen. Going through my sync settings today, I noticed there was an option to sync the layout of the start screen of my specific account. I thought, "Great! All that time I spent organizing my Surface can be transferred to this mess of a machine!"
    I was wrong. I was very wrong. Instead of syncing my nicely planned out and organized Surface Start Screen to the desktop computer, the horrid and wretched Desktop computer start screen synced itself to my beautiful Surface.

    Before I make the same mistake twice, is there a way to choose which start screen syncs to which device? Also, I've come to terms with the fact that I'm going to have to reorganize a start screen. I only plan on doing it once and then syncing it to the other device, so would it be safer to do it via the desktop computer? Thanks in advance for any help!

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Empyre, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    In your case since Surface has a different screen setup than your desktop, it may be best to turn off syncing for the Start screen on the Surface and leave it turned on for the desktop. This way the Surface will still sync everything else but it's Start screen.

    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    I had to do the same on my Surface Pro 2.
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  3. #3


    Houston, Texas
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    So there's no way to get the Desktop's start screen to match that of the Surface, then? Bummer. I'll definitely be keeping that Sync Setting turned off, though. I'd kick myself if I left it on while I fixed everything and had it all torn down again. Thanks for the help and the welcome, Brink! I'll go ahead and mark as solved.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Not that I'm aware of.
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