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How is this possible?, desktop background after formatting

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    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.

    ROFLMAO......

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    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.
    ROFLMAO......
    Lol! That is funny knowing that my2cents is not a Modern/Metro/MS account guy.

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    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.
    Thanks for that info. I knew they were storing this stuff somewhere, for when I went from 8RP to 8 Enterprise RP to 8Pro final and then finally to 8.1, it was all there for me. I thought it was via an account server, but I now see it's via SkyDrive. Now I know why there was a little portion of data used up on my SkyDrive that I couldn't see. I learned something today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    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
    Yes, alphanumeric did a fine job of describing in detail exactly what happens with regard to MS account syncing, and how it would work, even after a clean install.

    my2cents
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    Windows 8.1


    On a followup note, I think this turned out to be one of the more enjoyable threads for me personally, and I intend to rep everyone who responded with a rep, either for their honesty, humor, or their knowledgeable response and I will do so as soon as my 24 hr (rep restricted) egg timer expires again. I'm still chuckling at bessfisher6522's response BTW.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    YES, it is called the MS hacking account.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
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    This has been an enjoyable thread. Kind of thought it had something to do with Skydrive/syncing. I don't use it myself.
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    Anyone know what happens to the pictures it replaces? When I tested 8.1 preview my old wallpaper vanished never to be seen again...
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    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
    Thanks to all that contributed to this thread

    Thank you alphanumeric on pointing out where to access these flags.
    I didn't even know these feature existed without you enabling them. I didn't even know I had a skydrive folder in my user account to sync things in my outlook account.

    Thanks again - great support on this forum.

    One quick follow up question that I think someone else earlier asked (sort of),

    Are we able to actually view what information MS stores on our accounts? I know we can view the things we intentionally stored like documents, videos and picture, but can we see misc things like what desktop background, personal preferences and things that are stored?

    I don't see my background anywhere on skydrive.

    mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by miketwenty1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    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
    Thanks to all that contributed to this thread

    Thank you alphanumeric on pointing out where to access these flags.
    I didn't even know these feature existed without you enabling them. I didn't even know I had a skydrive folder in my user account to sync things in my outlook account.

    Thanks again - great support on this forum.

    One quick follow up question that I think someone else earlier asked (sort of),

    Are we able to actually view what information MS stores on our accounts? I know we can view the things we intentionally stored like documents, videos and picture, but can we see misc things like what desktop background, personal preferences and things that are stored?

    I don't see my background anywhere on skydrive.

    mike

    Personally, I'm one of those privacy weirdos. I know that is a relative term nowadays. If one is on the internet then one has already given up a lot of privacy. I'm just not going to give up even more by storing things in "The Cloud".

    Maybe I'm paranoid. No reason to be as I'm not a criminal. I'm just old and from a different generation before all this started. Many now have grown up with the internet and have no problem with putting their whole lives out there. I don't have a Facebook account and I don't tweet.

    Then again, here I am, spilling my guts on this forum.

    Sorry, I don't think I answered your question. Went off on a tangent.
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