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Can I use the same password & computer name for new laptop

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    Windows 8.1

    Can I use the same password & computer name for new laptop


    as I use for my other laptop? Or would there be a safety issue and would it mean that the two laptops would have the same Microsoft account?

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    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    I am almost 100% certain you can use the same Windows ID for as many computers as you want to. In fact I think there may be benefits to it. Especially if you are using cloud. And you don't need to sign out of one to use the other.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    I am almost 100% certain you can use the same Windows ID for as many computers as you want to. In fact I think there may be benefits to it. Especially if you are using cloud. And you don't need to sign out of one to use the other.
    Hmm - I did think there would be benefits to it and I didn't know whether I would have to sign out of one to use the other. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nougart View Post
    as I use for my other laptop? Or would there be a safety issue and would it mean that the two laptops would have the same Microsoft account?
    I use the same Microsoft account password on my 3 computers. Has the advantage of syncing things like desktop, favorites, etc. if you want to do so.

    I would not use the same computer name. If you use Homegroup or other networking, it would make it harder to tell one from another.
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    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by rchris View Post
    I would not use the same computer name. If you use Homegroup or other networking, it would make it harder to tell one from another.

    Good advice
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rchris View Post

    I use the same Microsoft account password on my 3 computers. Has the advantage of syncing things like desktop, favorites, etc. if you want to do so.

    I would not use the same computer name. If you use Homegroup or other networking, it would make it harder to tell one from another.
    Great now I know - thanks for that.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    I do it on 2 computer ,as already said it has advantages ,for me only thing I don't like is it uses the same desktop picture on both ,I would like it to now change so I know where i'm at ,bad memory you know , it may be possible to make it not do that ,I just haven't bothered looking
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Just go to Settings... PC Settings ... SkyDrive .... Sync Settings. There it will give you several options about what to sync (or not sync) between your multiple computers.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I use the same Live ID on two desktops and a laptop. I do however turn some of the OneDrive sync settings off. Tile layout being one of them. My laptop and desktop monitors have different resolutions. If I don't turn the tile layout sync off, my tiles get constantly shuffled depending on what PC I used last. It took me a while to figure out why it was happening.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    done ,turn it off , been there before just didn't read it close enough,thanks
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