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    OneDrive - Delete Sync Settings for Windows 8.1 PCs

    OneDrive - Delete Sync Settings for Windows 8.1 PCs
    How to Delete Your Synced Settings Backed Up on OneDrive for Windows 8.1 PCs and Devices
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    01 Nov 2013
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    How to Delete Your Synced Settings Backed Up on OneDrive for Windows 8.1 PCs and Devices


    information   Information
    SkyDrive is now called OneDrive instead.

    OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide: Free Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS, and Android Devices | OneDrive Blog


    When you sign in to Windows 8.1 with a Microsoft account, the PC settings and app data you choose to sync are also saved on OneDrive. These synced settings are synced to any Windows 8.1 PC that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account.

    When you turn on sync settings on your PC, you will also be able to turn on or off the individual settings to sync between your PCs.

    • Start screen - Start screen tiles and tile layout
    • Appearance - Colors, background, lock screen, and account picture
    • Desktop personalization - Themes, taskbar, high contrast, and more
    • Installed Apps - Apps installed on your PCs
    • App settings - Your settings and purchases with apps. (This setting can only be synced and not backed up.)
    • Web Browser - Your favorites, open tabs, home pages, history, and settings
    • Passwords - Your sign-in info for some apps, websites, networks, and HomeGroup
    • Language preferences - Keyboards, input methods, display language, personal dictionary, and more
    • Ease of Access - Settings for Narrator, Magnifier, and more
    • Other Windows settings - File Explorer mouse, printers, and more
    • Back up settings - Allows you to set whether you want Windows 8.1 to back up your settings even if you don't choose to sync them between PCs and devices.


    This tutorial will show you how to delete your synced personal settings from the cloud (OneDrive) backed up from your Windows 8.1 PCs and devices.

    warning   Warning
    If you wanted to stop having your personal settings for a specific Windows 8.1 PC or device backed up to OneDrive, then you will need to turn off sync settings on that specific Windows 8.1 PC or device before doing the steps in this tutorial below.

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    Note   Note
    When you are setting up Windows 8.1 with a Microsoft account (see step 17E at link), you will be able to select to copy one of your synced settings from any Windows 8.1 PC that is still available in "Backed up device settings" on your OneDrive.


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    Here's How:

    1. Sign in to your OneDrive online for the Device Settings page.

    2. Click/tap on the Delete button for the Windows 8.1 PC or device that you want to delete your backed up personal settings for. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Delete to approve deleting the backed up settings for this device. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Great tutorial Brink!! I was really looking for this information. Thanks a lot!

    Greetz,

    Rover

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    You're most welcome Rover. I'm glad it could help.
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    Morocco
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    Windows 8.1 64bit (6,3 Build 9600)


    Hello Brink,
    for me, I went to Device Backups, I just found:
    ==========================================
    Backed up device settings
    You don’t have any devices that are backing up settings to OneDrive.
    ===============================================

    does it mean, it doesn't sync my pc settings?
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    Hello NourE,

    Double check to make sure that you have syncing turned on for any Windows 8/8.1 computer that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account, and make sure that the account is verified on the PC.

    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Microsoft Account - Verify in Windows 8.1
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    Morocco
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    Windows 8.1 64bit (6,3 Build 9600)


    everything is ok. my account is verified. I just have :
    Save document to OneDrive by default - off
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    If this is a recently setup computer, it may take a few days before it will save and sync on to your OneDrive.
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    Morocco
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    Windows 8.1 64bit (6,3 Build 9600)


    I found a previous account that I stopped using a few days ago has Device Backups.
    How can I change it to the current Microsoft Account?
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    Morocco
    Posts : 271
    Windows 8.1 64bit (6,3 Build 9600)


    I removed the trust from the email I stopped using.
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    They are separate per Microsoft account.

    You could try adding the current email address as a primary alias of the Microsoft account that has the backups.

    Microsoft Account Aliases - Add or Remove

    Microsoft Account Primary Alias Email Address - Change - Windows 7 Help Forums

    However, your new account should have a backup saved before to long if you just wanted to wait to see.
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