Windows 10: Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 241
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       16 May 2016 #40

    Brink said: View Post
    Odd. That message at the top of the sync your settings page usually means that you are using a local account. It wouldn't hurt to double check using the tutorial below to see if your account may have been switched to a local account.
    The screen shots below, show I am signed with my MS account. Now I can't switch back to my local account until the synch process completes. the other local account I created as a test.

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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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       16 May 2016 #41

    Odd. If it continues, you might see if switching your Microsoft account to a local account and switching it back to a Microsoft account afterwards may toggle syncing to work properly.
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  3.    04 Jun 2016 #42

    What does it do when you check Sync other windows settings?
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  4.    07 Jul 2016 #43

    Is it possible to force a Win10 machine to push all it's settings to OneDrive so that all other computers would then pull these down and apply them?

    I wondered if changing the registry settings in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SettingSync\Groups might do this.

    The reason is that some of my IE11 Favorites just never sync with my other laptops that use the same Microsoft Account.

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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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       07 Jul 2016 #44

    Hello WinFan,

    IE11 favorites are suppose to be included with the Internet Explorer settings sync setting when turned on. I have noticed that it can sometimes take a while for changes to sync though.

    If you like, you could also manually back up your favorites to OneDrive, then manually import them to IE11 on each PC as needed.
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  6.    08 Jul 2016 #45

    I routinely backup my entire profile (incl Favorites folder) just in case OneDrive sync goes pear-shaped. But manually importing Favorites from a "primary" Win10 machine to my others is not a good idea, because additions, deletions & changes to Favorites are not synchronised.

    Hence my desire to "force" the Favorites on a "primary" machine into OneDrive and have them synced down to all other machines. Thereafter, I hope that changes on any machine will sync to all the others.

    Make sense?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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       08 Jul 2016 #46

    You could move your "%UserProfile%\Favorites" folder using the method in OPTION TWO of the tutorial below to inside your OneDrive folder. Afterwards, repeat on all other PCs to move their Favorites folder to be the one OneDrive. This may serve as a workaround for you.

    User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  8.    15 Sep 2016 #47

    Does this Sync for example sync my laptop if i have to reinstall Windows or does it only works across Windows Phones, Surface, etc.?
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  9. Posts : 23,601
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       15 Sep 2016 #48

    Hello LM2007,

    If you use the same Microsoft account when you clean install Windows 10 on the same PC, then yes it'll sync back your settings.
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  10.    15 Sep 2016 #49

    Will enable it again then, thanks.
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