Can't sync background picture

  1. Posts : 54
    Windows 10

    Can't sync background picture

    I have a feeling that this is going to turn out to be a silly question with an obvious answer that I'm missing, but here goes.

    I have a tablet, a laptop and a desktop computer all running Windows 10. I log on to each with my Microsoft account. Each has all of its settings set to sync yet I have a different background picture on each device. Shouldn't I have the same background on each one in these circumstances? And if so, what determines which background takes precedence?

    Thanks in advance for any help.


    Since writing this I have found my laptop has suddenly changed the background to match with the desktop computer, so now it is only the tablet that is out of sync. Very confusing.

    Oh, now the tablet has synced as well. I assume, then, that there must be some sort of delay before syncing takes place. But I still wonder what determines which background takes precedence.
    Last edited by curt jugg; 02 Nov 2015 at 10:46.
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  2. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Home

    Screen Backgrounds out of synch

    I have just experienced this myself, and I suspect there was a change to the OS which suddenly shows the background slides "out of synch" on each device. They used to show the same image, but try as I may I cannot get them back in synch.

    Your "getting back in sych" is probably because you have few images, and the timing in the slideshow has (coincidentally) showed them back in synch again. It will be interesting to see if they stay in synch. That would probably be the case if you turn off the machine when all desktops ARE the same. When startup happens again, then the timed "change of desktop" would all happen together and so all would be back in synch. (I think that is the secret to getting them back in synch).

    My problems started after I disconnected one screen then reconnected it and found a problem in one of my programs not detecting the attached screen. So I performed a "registry clean" (which is always dicey with Windows 10) but that seemed to fix it.

    It was then I noticed that the backgrounds were "out of synch". I tried changing the default folder for desktop images ("C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows") which just shows the normal "logon" image, then changed back to the folder where my slideshow of images are held (Windows 10), all to no avail.

    So I created a NEW folder under "C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper" called "C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\New Windows 10" and copied my files from my existing folder to the new folder.

    I then went into "settings" and "Personalize" and selected a new album for my slideshow (changed it to the new folder via the "Broiwse" button").

    I then shut down (completely) then start again to see if it worked. It did not

    So tI thought perhaps that there is something in the inner workings of Windows 10 that has changed in a recent update
    (I hate that!)

    I did find in my investigations, though, that if you change (under Personalization) the "Choose a fit option to "Span", the same picture will appear on both desktops, with the image "Extended", so the left part of the image is on one screen and the right part of the image is on the other.

    All other settings produce a picture from the set album for wallpapers, but not the same image on both screens.
    It is as though Microsoft WANT the images to be different.

    I finally tried this method

    1. Change you settings via "Settings/System/Multiple Displays" to "Duplicate these displays"
    2. Change your album (if desired) via "Settings/Personalization" to:
    a. Background = Slideshow
    b. Album = (whatever you choose - best to have it as a folder under C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\)
    c. "Change Picture every (whatever you wish but while testing make it 1 minute)
    d. Make the fit "Fill"
    3. Shut down the computer completely then restart.
    4. Go back into "Settings/System/Multiple Display" and change to "Extend these displays"

    Unfortunately that did not work either.

    I will contact Microsoft to see if they have a solution (probably a setting in the registry).
    I will get back to you n due course.

    Last edited by craisin; 08 Nov 2015 at 00:41. Reason: update
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  3. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Home

    Microsoft did not solve anything (just asked me to check my video drivers).

    But I found the answer myself!

    Just change your "choose a fit" to "TILe" and the same picture shows on both screens at the same time!
    Sorry Microsoft...not your fault....I must have just lost my settings when I "fixed" the registry.

    Matters resolved!

    Now that I actually re-read your question, your problem is different to mine since I have connected screens but yours are really synched via the Internet, so will be quite different to my problem.....sorry about that!
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  4. Posts : 54
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your replies, craisin. As you say, your problem is a bit different from mine, but glad you've solved it. And mine seems to have solved itself now anyway.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Home

    Thanks for getting back to me....I think your problem was just slow synchronization (which I have struck with cloud as well.......This matter can now.....RIP
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