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Different Syncing Options Available in Windows 8

June 10th, 2013 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Content

Windows 8 has got a lot of synching features. There is promise that Windows 8.1 will have more, but, for the time being, let’s focus on the current synching features available. Make no mistake, each of this synching options can be disabled or enabled manually, depending on your requirement:

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App Settings

In this category, you will be able to sync settings of only certain apps and the purchases made inside those apps. This is limited to the Modern apps and you can only sync the ones for which the developer of the apps lets you to.


Through this, you can personalize the settings for the new Start screen and the Modern environment as well. This includes account picture, background, colors and lock screen image. If you enable this, you need to set up the Modern environment only once. Your settings will appear on each of the other PCs where you log into. Similarly, the changes you made in one PC after logging in will appear in the rest as well. Through desktop personalization option, you can personalize desktop appearances such as desktop theme and taskbar configuration too.

Ease of Access

You will be able to sync accessibility settings through the same, including those for magnifier and narrator.

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Through this, you can sync passwords for certain websites, networks and even for HomeGroup networks. These settings however only sync to the PC you use when you enable “trust your PC” option. This is like enabling a two-factor authentication on the website of Microsoft.


You can sync your Internet Explorer settings through Windows 8. The history details, favorites and other browser data can be shared between the Windows 8 computers. For other browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, you will have to use the built-in synching features of those.

Apart from the aforementioned ones, you can sync language, file explorer application, mouse settings and many more as well.

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