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Solved Account sync issues


amrobx

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#1
I can't seem to get my profile to reliably sync to new devices or when I've tried clean installs on my main system. I have all settings checked to sync and the PCs are all trusted devices. Sometimes it will sync the desktop background and my profile picture, others it may sync some of my explorer settings. Sometimes it may not sync anything at all. My homegroup on any other devices also gets renamed to "winliveid_000" instead of the usual "[email protected]" I've yet to figure out why this happens as well. I've tried deleting the data and trying again, all with the same result. This has honestly all been an issue ever since I've installed Windows 8 and I'm starting to dislike the profile sync altogether. If it cannot reliably sync my data and all of it, I don't understand it's usefulness. I've also run the account troubleshooting tool, which gives a cryptic message saying "The following settings are turning sync off: Personalization." It gives no further details that I can see or look into and all settings are on. Any ideas as to what is happening? I've taken a look at Windows 8.1 and it seems that you have no choice but to initially use your Microsoft account to sign in, which is troubling. If it cannot be fixed, I may have to delete my synced profile online every time I try to reinstall my main system :(
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus P8P67 Rev. 3.1
    Memory
    16 GB PC12800 Corsair Vengeance @1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Windforce 3 Nvidia GTX 770 4 gb
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Vizio VO370M
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    128 gb Plextor PX-128M3 6 Gbps
    2 TB WD Black 7200 rpm 6 Gbps
    1 TB WD Black 7200 rpm 3 Gbps
    750 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 3 Gbps
    PSU
    Seasonic Platinum 860w
    Case
    Thermaltake Urban S71 full tower
    Cooling
    1-Noctua NF-A14ULN, 1-NF S12A PWM, 2-NF-P12 PWM, 2 200mm Thermaltake
    Keyboard
    Logitech K400r w/ integrated touchpad
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security 2014

XweAponX

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#2
How many systems have you linked to your account, and how many of those are giving you this problem? I originally had three PCs connected to my account, and I've never had any problems at all. Are you starting with a Local account and then adding the MS account? What will happen is, if you add an MS account to a new system, your entire network of computers will take on the characteristics of the newest system.

I found this out, after I installed onto my 3rd PC and I wanted a different Desktop Theme. I went back to my other 8 systems, and THEY were all using that theme.

So, on all computers I share everything except for the theme. So if you set up to a new PC, you whole network of PCs will look exactly like the very last one you installed it on, unless you turn off sync for the existing PCs which is what I had to do until I had all three set up how I wanted.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

XweAponX

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

amrobx

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How many systems have you linked to your account, and how many of those are giving you this problem? I originally had three PCs connected to my account, and I've never had any problems at all. Are you starting with a Local account and then adding the MS account? What will happen is, if you add an MS account to a new system, your entire network of computers will take on the characteristics of the newest system.

I found this out, after I installed onto my 3rd PC and I wanted a different Desktop Theme. I went back to my other 8 systems, and THEY were all using that theme.

So, on all computers I share everything except for the theme. So if you set up to a new PC, you whole network of PCs will look exactly like the very last one you installed it on, unless you turn off sync for the existing PCs which is what I had to do until I had all three set up how I wanted.
Okay, this makes sense now. I do think I actually had some issues with some of the data on my account, which should've been resolved. Then, I think the above technicality made everything seemingly not work or go haywire, since it was syncing settings from the new system (s).

The devices I use are all PCs, no tablets. They actually consist of one desktop, 1 notebook, and 1 virtual machine with windows 8.1.

So, for example, if I were to install a new instance of Windows 8 or 8.1 on a virtual machine, I would need to completely shut off syncing on my existing machines, which would prevent their settings from being changed, meanwhile transferring those same settings from existing machines to the new device and/or VM? Am I understanding that properly?


Thanks for the reply
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus P8P67 Rev. 3.1
    Memory
    16 GB PC12800 Corsair Vengeance @1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Windforce 3 Nvidia GTX 770 4 gb
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Vizio VO370M
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    128 gb Plextor PX-128M3 6 Gbps
    2 TB WD Black 7200 rpm 6 Gbps
    1 TB WD Black 7200 rpm 3 Gbps
    750 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 3 Gbps
    PSU
    Seasonic Platinum 860w
    Case
    Thermaltake Urban S71 full tower
    Cooling
    1-Noctua NF-A14ULN, 1-NF S12A PWM, 2-NF-P12 PWM, 2 200mm Thermaltake
    Keyboard
    Logitech K400r w/ integrated touchpad
    Browser
    Firefox, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton Internet Security 2014

XweAponX

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Yep, until you set your Sync options the way you want them in the new machine.

Then you can go to the other ones, and turn the sync features you want back on, usually this is limited to Wallpapers, Themes, maybe even Screensavers, and the Metro Apps.

It is pretty safe to allow all the PCs to share the same Sync options sans Wallpapers, but it is just setting up a new OS which can cause the others to change somewhat.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

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