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    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    How to Turn On or Off Your Sync Settings Between PCs in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Turn On or Off Your Sync Settings Between PCs in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    If you use a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 8 or 8.1, then you will be able to sync your settings between your other confirmed trusted PCs running Windows 8 or 8.1 that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn your sync settings on or off for your Microsoft account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    Note   Note
    Settings to Sync in Windows 8 and Windows RT
    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.

    • Personalize - Colors, background, lock screen, and your account picture
    • Desktop personalization - Themes, taskbar, and more
    • Ease of Access - Settings for Narrator, Magnifier, and more
    • Language preferences - Keyboards, other input methods, display language, and more
    • App settings - Certain settings in your apps, but not all
    • Browser settings - Internet Explorer history and bookmarks (favorites)
    • Other Windows settings - File Explorer and mouse settings
    • Sign-in info - For some apps, websites, networks, and HomeGroup



    Settings to Sync in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1
    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. 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.


    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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    Tip   Tip
    If you're having problems syncing your settings, you can try running the Microsoft Accounts troubleshooter. It's an automated tool that can find and automatically fix some syncing problems.

    warning   Warning
    You will not be able to sync your settings if you sign in to Windows with a local user account. You will need to use a Microsoft account to use to sign in to Windows with instead.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off your Sync Settings in PC Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off your Sync Settings in Registry Editor







    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    To Turn On or Off your Sync Settings in PC Settings

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below depending on what Windows you have.


    2. In Windows 8 and Windows RT, open PC settings, and click/tap on Sync your settings on the left side.

    A) If you have not already, then you will need you will need to click/tap on the Trust this PC link on the right side to add this Windows 8 PC as a trusted PC before you will be able to sync with your Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

    B) Go to step 4 below.

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    3. In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, open PC settings, and click/tap on OneDrive on the left side. (see screenshot below)


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    A) Click/tap on Sync settings on the left side of "OneDrive". (see screenshot below)

    B) If you have not already, then you will need to click/tap on the Verify link on the right side to add this Windows 8.1 PC as a trusted PC before you will be able to sync with your Microsoft account.

    C) Go to step 4 below.

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    4. Do either step 5, step 6, step 7, or step 8 below for what you would like to do.


    5. To Turn On Sync Your Settings

    A) On the right side under Sync settings on this PC, move the slider to the right to turn it on, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshots below step 3C and below)

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    6. To Turn On or Off to Back up Settings that Aren't Synced

    A) In Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, under Back up settings on the right side, move the slider to the right (turn on) or left (turn off) for what you want, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 3C)

    7. To Change Sync Settings

    A) If you have not already, do step 5 above.

    B) On the right side you can move the slider to the left (off) or right (on) for each individual sync setting to what you want, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshots below steps 3C and 5A)

    8. To Completely Turn Off Sync Your Settings

    A) On the right side under Sync your settings, move the slider to the left to turn it off, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: This will gray out all sync settings.

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    9. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.






    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
    To Turn On or Off your Sync Settings in Registry Editor

    1. Press the + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SettingSync\Groups


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    4. Expand open the Groups key, and click on the subkey for the sync setting that you want to turn on or off. (see screenshot above)

    Registry Subkey Sync Setting Description
    Accessibility Other settings -> Ease of Access Narrator, Magnifier, and more
    AppSync App settings -> Apps The list of apps I've installed
    BrowserSettings Other settings -> Web Browser My favorites, open tabs, home pages, history, and settings
    Credentials Other settings -> Passwords My sign-in info for some apps, websites, networks, and HomeGroup
    DesktopTheme Personalization settings -> Desktop personalization My themes, taskbar, high contrast, and more
    Language Other settings -> Language preferences Keyboards, input methods, display language, personal dictionary, and more
    PackageState App settings -> App data My settings and purchases within apps
    Personalization Personalization settings -> Appearance My colors, backgrounds, lock screen, and account picture
    StartLayout Personalization settings -> Start screen My Start screen tiles and tile layout
    Windows Other settings -> Other Windows settings File Explorer, mouse, printers, and more

    5. In the right pane of the subkey (ex: Accessibility), double/click tap on the Enabled DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

    6. Do step 7 or 8 below for what you would like to do.

    7. To Turn On Sync Setting
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Type 1, click/tap on OK, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. To Turn Off Sync Setting

    A) Type 0 (zero), click/tap on OK, and go to step 9 below. (see screenshot above)

    9. Repeat step 5 if you would like to turn on or off any other of your sync settings.

    10. When finished, you can close Registry Editor.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Nice tutorial, thanks.

    Will this sync the settings from the CP to the new install of the RP?
    Will clean install the RP over the CP.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dave,

    Thank you.

    Sorry, but no. It only added the user picture back for me after signing in with my Microsoft account when doing that. It will only sync if it's a currently running installation with a Microsoft account.
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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Thought it might be an easy way to have all the same settings, no problem will change them as I use it.
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    Yeah, that would be nice. Maybe in the future.

    UPDATE:
    Microsoft says that Sync will be fully operational by the time Windows 8 is shipped. Hopefully so.
    Last edited by Brink; 01 Jun 2012 at 18:13.
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    Windows 8.1

    How to do hard reset on Windows RT 8.1 Surface 2 tablet?


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yeah, that would be nice. Maybe in the future.

    UPDATE:
    Microsoft says that Sync will be fully operational by the time Windows 8 is shipped. Hopefully so.

    Hello sir, how can I completely reset my Windows RT 8.1 Surface 2 back to completely original factory settings, theme, etc.? I would like to make my tablet look as if it's brand new again. Here's my problem and I am practically praying that you can help me solve it!

    I tried to do a full reset through my settings but when everything was done, my old start screen configuration was still there. I would like to completely wipe any backup settings and everything associated with my tablet. I made some mistakes and I would just like to completely reset it as if it is factory new. Please help me with this.

    Another issue of mine involving Skydrive is, when I went to this link: https://skydrive.live.com/ and went to Manage Storage -> Device Settings, I erased my laptop and tablet's settings profile from there. Now I want to re-sync my devices (separately from one another) and when I go back there, no devices are shown. But in my settings I have syncing turned on for both devices.

    I have a Windows 8.1 laptop and for some reason it synced my laptop's start screen onto my tablet. I would just like to set up my tablet as a new PC and erase all of my synced data with my tablet (maybe even laptop) and start from 0. I basically want to not have my pc and tablet sync settings with one another but I would, however, like to use Skydrive's storage app with both of them. My customization on my 15" laptop just doesn't look good on my 10.1" tablet you know what I mean? The tiles end up looking very unorganized..

    The main issue is that my RT 8.1 keeps syncing with my laptop's start screen even though I chose the option to set up a new device when I initially set up my tablet. I would just like to have these two devices separate.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by AGorrila; 03 Nov 2013 at 03:03.
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    Hello AGorrila, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like you may have mistakenly checked the "Sync my Start screen layout" option when setting up Windows 8.1.

    Turning off syncing the Start screen in the settings in this tutorial should stop that.


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    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8.1


    Wow that makes perfect sense! The only problem is though, when I reset my tablet and go through the installation again, this option of setting up my tablet as a new pc does not even show up :/ It showed up the very first time I used my tablet but never again since. Lol should I just return my tablet and get it again cuss this is crazy?! Thanks for replying so fast man I finally have a source of support!
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    Other than turning off your sync settings on one of the PCs (ex: tablet) that you don't want to be synced, you could use a separate Microsoft account on each PC.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Other than turning off your sync settings on one of the PCs (ex: tablet) that you don't want to be synced, you could use a separate Microsoft account on each PC.
    Ok, but what if I reset my tablet in the future and I would like my start screen that I custom organized back? Wouldn't that stop my Surface 2 from saving it's full configurations to the cloud? I want my PC and my Tablet to save and upload to the cloud all of their settings and not to sync with one another. Please let me know if I can do that, thank you sir.
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