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

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

    How to Turn On or Off Sync Your Settings in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Sync Your Settings in Windows 10

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    When sync is turned on, Windows keeps track of the settings you care about and sets them for you on all your Windows 10 devices that you sign in to with your same Microsoft account.

    You can choose to sync such things as theme, apps, Internet Explorer settings, passwords, language preferences, Ease of Access, and Other Windows settings. If you turn on Other Windows settings, Windows syncs some device settings (for things like printers and mouse options), File Explorer settings, and notification preferences.

    For syncing to work, you need to sign in to Windows 10 with your Microsoft account (or link your Microsoft account to your work or school account) on any device you want to keep in sync.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off sync settings used across all your Windows 10 devices for your Microsoft account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off All Your Sync Settings in Settings app
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Your Individual Sync Settings in Settings app
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Your Individual Sync Settings in Registry Editor





    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off All Your Sync Settings in Settings app

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

    2. Click/tap on Sync your settings on the left side, and do step 3 or step 4 below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Turn Off All Your Sync Settings

    A) Under Sync your settings on the right side, move the slider to the left to turn off Sync settings, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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     4. To Turn On Your Sync Settings

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Under Sync your settings on the right side, move the slider to the right to turn on Sync settings. (see screenshot below)

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    B) If you like, you can now also turn on or off your individual sync settings in Option Two or Option Three below.

    5. When finished, close Settings to apply.






    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Your Individual Sync Settings in Settings app

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

    2. Click/tap on Sync your settings on the left side. (see screenshot below step 4)

    3. If you have not already, you will need to turn on sync settings in step 4 of Option One above first.

    4. On the right side under Individual sync settings, you can turn on or off each sync setting you like. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: By default, all individual sync settings are turned on.

    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Your Individual Sync Settings in Registry Editor

    1. If you have not already, you will need to turn on sync settings in step 4 of Option One above first.

    2. Open the Start menu, type regedit in the search box, and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

    3. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

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

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

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    5. Expand open the Groups key in the left pane, and click/tap on the subkey in the table below for the individual sync setting that you want to turn on or off. (see screenshot above)

    Individual Sync Setting
    Registry Subkey
    Theme Personalization
    Internet Explorer settings BrowserSettings
    Passwords Credentials
    Language preferences Language
    Ease of Access Accessibility
    Other Windows settings Windows

    6. In the right pane of the subkey (ex: Accessibility), double/click tap on the Enabled DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 4)

    7. Do step 8 or step 9 below for what you would like to do.


     8. To Turn Off Individual Sync Setting

    A) Type 0 (number zero), click/tap on OK, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)
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     9. To Turn On Individual Sync Setting

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Type 1, click/tap on OK, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)
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    10. Repeat step 6 if you would like to turn on or off any other of your individual sync settings.

    11. When finished, you can close Registry Editor.



    That's it,
    Shawn

  1.    23 Jun 2015 #1

    Is there a way, via the web, to remove all settings that Windows 10 Preview saves during synchronization from a Microsoft account?

    Thanks

    Bye
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 22,166
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       23 Jun 2015 #2

    Hello Balubeto,

    Yep. You can do what's in the green information box at the top of the tutorial to delete your PC if listed to remove the synced items. Be sure to turn off sync first to prevent your sync settings from just getting backed up again.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    23 Jun 2015 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Balubeto,

    Yep. You can do what's in the green information box at the top of the tutorial to delete your PC if listed to remove the synced items. Be sure to turn off sync first to prevent your sync settings from just getting backed up again.
    The strange thing is that, following the https://www.tenforums.com/redirect-to...FDeviceBackups link, there is no backup device in my Microsoft account.

    When, however, I install a new Windows 10 Preview, I create a local account, I configure it and I turned it into a Microsoft account, my settings will return to the saved settings (where?) two weeks ago.

    So how do I delete these old settings?

    Thanks

    Bye
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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    Thread Starter
       23 Jun 2015 #4

    In that case, double check inside your OneDrive "Files" folder to see if you have a folder named with your MS account's name. If so, open it, and delete all folders named after your PCs inside it. This is where the synced folders are kept.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    23 Jun 2015 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    In that case, double check inside your OneDrive "Files" folder to see if you have a folder named with your MS account's name. If so, open it, and delete all folders named after your PCs inside it. This is where the synced folders are kept.
    By accessing, via web, to my OneDrive account and clicking on File, no folder or file is displayed. Right?

    Thanks

    Bye
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 22,166
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    Thread Starter
       23 Jun 2015 #6

    You can do so from online or on the PC for OneDrive. I'd check online though to make sure in case it's not being synced to your.

    Here's what it'll look like online if you have the folders.

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  7.    24 Jun 2015 #7

    Looking at the picture 4 of the step 4 of this link http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadF...in-windows-10/ , I noticed that the window for data synchronization, which lets choose which data to sync, is never displayed when I step from a local to Microsoft account.

    Why this window does not appear?

    Thanks

    Bye
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 22,166
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16241
    Thread Starter
       24 Jun 2015 #8

    That article looks like it hasn't been updated, but you can turn on and off sync settings at any time using an option in the tutorial on the first page of this thread.

    Did you have any of the folders that I mentioned in my previous post?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  9.    24 Jun 2015 #9

    I believe I have solved: Before pass to the Microsoft account, I have turned off the sync from the OneDrive app and I removed it from starting automatically.

    Thanks

    Bye
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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