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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.

Personalize

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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Passwords

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.

Browser

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.

I use Windows and thankfully, there is an active community of Windows users who customize almost everything about it, from the default apps to the desktop themes. Microsoft obviously doesn’t recommend this, but just like Windows 7, the desktop can be themed if you are using Windows 8 as well. In this article, the focus will not only be on changing the theme’s colors, but, I will try to show you how you can change the desktop theme in itself.

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The different desktop themes for Windows 8 include desktop backgrounds and icons which you can use if you wish. These don’t only change the desktop colors, but the look of the windows buttons can also be altered. You can even tweak appearances of different interface elements such as checkboxes, buttons, menus etc.

Out of the box, Windows 8 doesn’t support third party desktop themes, just like Windows 7. So, some system files need to be patched first. Well, this is not as tough as you may think, you just need to download a program called UltraUXThemePatcher and run the same. After the same finishes running, you need to reboot the system.

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Now, the third party themes should be downloaded. These files finish with .theme file extension. Now, locate this folder in your system: C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. You need to place the theme files inside this directory. If you have done it correctly, these will be appearing right in the standard theme window. Just right click on the desktop and select Personalize to see the installed themes. Double click on any of the themes (You will find these under the section Installed Themes) and the same will be applied to your desktop.

Remember, some themes include icons and system modifications. You need to install these separately and a read over the readme file of the specific theme will give you a better idea.