How exactly does Sync Settings for Windows devices work?

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    How exactly does Sync Settings for Windows devices work?

    My situation is that I only have the one device..a laptop. I only use a Microsoft Account and dont wish to set up a Local Account at all, so when clean installing the OS, as soon as Windows set up has completed, the first thing I do before making any changes is to go into Settings/Account/Sync Settings and turn off the Sync toggle. I have always thought that this ensures that no personal settings are saved in the cloud. Is my thinking correct here ..OR.. Do settings such as the WiFi network password and Desktop wallpaper theme get synced to the cloud automatically anyway because Windows turns on Syncing by default and these settings will be synced before I get the chance to turn off the Sync toggle.
    If so..Do you guys just leave the Sync toggle On and not worry about it..even if you only have one Windows device signed in with a Microsoft Account?
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    M$ collects data and link to your M$ account to offer you something you may want to buy. It is how they make money.
    If you want privacy you should set your account to local.
    Why do you need or want to use a Microsoft Account?
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  3. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
    Thread Starter

    Its just my personal preference. It would be easier to leave the Sync Settings toggle ON (default setting)...providing it doesnt cause issues when buying a new replacement laptop and setting up Windows 10 on it for the first time. For example a previous laptop set up that had a Dell wallpaper background theme. You then get rid of the dell laptop replacing it with an ASUS laptop. Naturally you wouldnt want the Dell Theme on your new ASUS laptop
    Last edited by sportsfan148; 19 Apr 2021 at 06:25.
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