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Unwanted Win 8 desktop synchronisation

  1. #1


    Posts : 23
    Win 8.1 Pro

    Unwanted Win 8 desktop synchronisation


    This has me utterly mystified! My laptop is running Win 8.1 x64. On the same home network my PC (Win 7 Pro) is running a new Win 8 x86 install in a VM (VMware Player). Both were set up using the same Microsoft account rather than local accounts. What is sending me apoplectic is that if I change my desktop background on either system it causes the other to change too. If both systems have the same themes available then both will display the same theme. If not then the second system will display its default desktop theme.

    I can only think that this is a completely unintended consequence of using a Microsoft account. Anyone?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You can choose what is synchronized between your devices from synch settings . If you don't want to synch desktop background you can turn off the Appearance slider. Hope this helps
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello BJB,

    This is from your settings being synced on all Windows PCs that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account.

    If you like, you can turn off syncing completely on a PC, or just turn off specific items you do not want to sync on a PC.

    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #4


    Posts : 23
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Yeah, I had just spotted that Synchronised Themes had appeared in Desktop personalisation. I had better take a closer look to see what else may be being synced that I might not want.

    Thanks guys.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad we could help.
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Unwanted Win 8 desktop synchronisation
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