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Syncing Windows 8.1 update to Windows 10

  1. #1



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Syncing Windows 8.1 update to Windows 10


    First of all I have Windows 8.1 on my desktop and Windows 7 on my laptop.

    Months ago, before I had my desktop, I tried Windows Tech Preview(when the it first came out) on my laptop so I know it works. Now the Tech Preview is more advanced along and I have my desktop as my workhorse I want/can try it again.

    So my question is: If I use the same(my only) Windows account for both the 8.1 and for Tech Preview:
    1. Will my 8.1 settings sync with 10?
    2. Will there be any compatibility issues with the syncing?
    3. How about, if I just sync them 1x after installation, then turn the OneDrive settings syncing off(what I really want to do to set 10 up quicker)?


    Anyone that's done this please tell me how it went. Otherwise I'll just start from scratch(can also be fun), at least then I'll learn where everything is faster that way probably.

    Note: I know there will be now problem with files, so what I need input on is syncing system, app, IE and personalization settings.
    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Hi Cliff
    This question would be better answered on the 10 Forum
    Windows 10 Forums
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Hi Cliff
    This question would be better answered on the 10 Forum
    Windows 10 Forums
    Not really because I want to protect my 8.1 settings on my desktop and most of the 10 forums people are also in 8 forums, so I'll know before I install.
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    I have all my settings syncing between 8.1 and 10 (latest release), favourites, apps etc all sync between them

    Not had any problems with 8.1 or 10 due to the syncing
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I did a couple of clean installs and logged in with my Live ID. As near as I could tell everything synced. My favorites etc were all there.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Thanks to both of you, my worries are gone. I'll marked solved, but if anybody further wants to comment ok.
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    All I can add is, what gets synced depends on your sync settings are set too. Charms Bar > Settings > Chang PC Settings > OneDrive > Sync Settings. I have some turned off. Namely Start Screen Tile Layout. My laptop and desktop have different screen sizes and different tile layouts. If I sync them my tiles get moved every time I log into the other PC. If you set the very bottom one, "Back up your settings for this PC", it will keep track of each PC you use with your live ID. When I do a clean install, it matches the computer name I enter to the backup I have saved. On my laptop it lists K75DE or set up as a new PC. On my desktop it will list M4N68 or setup as a new PC. It keeps track of what is different on each PC. My tile layouts are still saved, they just don't sync across the two PC's. It's bit difficult to describe without actually seeing it happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    All I can add is, what gets synced depends on your sync settings are set too. Charms Bar > Settings > Chang PC Settings > OneDrive > Sync Settings. I have some turned off. Namely Start Screen Tile Layout. My laptop and desktop have different screen sizes and different tile layouts. If I sync them my tiles get moved every time I log into the other PC. If you set the very bottom one, "Back up your settings for this PC", it will keep track of each PC you use with your live ID. When I do a clean install, it matches the computer name I enter to the backup I have saved. On my laptop it lists K75DE or set up as a new PC. On my desktop it will list M4N68 or setup as a new PC. It keeps track of what is different on each PC. My tile layouts are still saved, they just don't sync across the two PC's. It's bit difficult to describe without actually seeing it happen.

    I think I follow what you mean. I was just wanting to sync my laptop just once to get the system settings and Desktop Environment(relatively) and library contents and then tune the sync settings to only sync my libraries and OneDrive. I was just worried that If I sync, it would make changes to my 8.1 desktop and kill everything. That happened to me once with a browser Chrome I think, where I set up chrome in Ubuntu set up sync and it uploaded, instead of downloading, my freshly installed virgin chrome settings, and that destroyed my chrome settings in windows. That was years ago though, but I learn like Pavlov's Dogs.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I don't think it will sync library contents. One Drive files yes, but what's in the user folders no. Not that I know of anyway. I'm still learning what it does and how it does it. I haven't lost anything yet.
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  10. #10


    UK
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1


    Since Christmas I have set up 2 new machines using my Live ID and have all the syncing turned on, from what I can tell nothing has been messed up

    Windows 8 Start Screen and the new Start Menu in 10 do not sync, so if the option to sync these is enabled it will just be a backup of the settings, however if you log onto another 8 device or activate the menu from the previous TP it will sync to these (only syncs if same menu used on all devices)

    I have had issues of this type of syncing previously, so was a bit vary when I first started using it, but from what I see this is something that MS have got working very well, logging into a new machine and settings, apps, favourites etc automatically available is great
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