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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
    Published by Category: User Accounts
    25 Nov 2019
    Designer Media Ltd


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


    When Sync settings is turned on, Windows syncs the settings you choose across all your Windows 10 devices that you've signed in to with your Microsoft account.

    Notes
    • Sync settings also works if you sign in with a work or school account linked to your Microsoft account.
    • If Sync settings isn't available on your device, your organization might not allow it.

    The settings you choose to sync are also saved in OneDrive (cloud).

    You can choose to sync your theme, passwords, language preferences, Ease of Access, and Other Windows settings 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 a complete list of settings that Windows can sync, see Windows 10 roaming settings reference.
    • Theme - desktop background, user tile, taskbar position, etc.
    • Passwords - Windows credential manager, including Wi-Fi profiles
    • Language Preferences - spelling dictionary, system language settings
    • Ease of Access - Narrator, On-screen keyboard, Magnifier
    • Other Windows Settings - see Windows Settings details

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off sync settings 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






    OPTION ONE

    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)

    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10-turn_off-sync_settings.jpg

    4 To Turn On Your Sync Settings

    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)

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

    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10-turn_on-sync_settings.jpg

    5 When finished, close Settings to apply.






    OPTION TWO

    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)

    By default, all individual sync settings are turned on.


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

    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10-individual_sync_settings.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    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

    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10-individual_sync_settings_registry-1.jpg

    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
    Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer settings BrowserSettings
    Passwords Credentials
    Language preferences Language
    Ease of Access Accessibility
    Other Windows settings Windows
    Start Menu layout StartLayout

    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)
    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10-turn_off.jpg


    9 To Turn On Individual Sync Setting

    This is the default setting.

    A) Type 1, click/tap on OK, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)
    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10-turn_on.jpg

    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. Posts : 278
    Windows 10
       #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 Computer

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,770
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #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. :)
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  3. Posts : 278
    Windows 10
       #3

    Brink said:
    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 Computer

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,770
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #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.
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  5. Posts : 278
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       #5

    Brink said:
    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 Computer

  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,770
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #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.

    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10-onedrive-1.jpg

    Turn On or Off Sync Settings for Microsoft Account in Windows 10-onedrive-2.jpg
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  7. Posts : 278
    Windows 10
       #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 Computer

  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,770
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #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?
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  9. Posts : 278
    Windows 10
       #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 Computer


 
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