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How To Manage the Windows 8 Sync Feature

A cool new feature in Windows 8 is the ability to sync your settings between computers and devices that are also running Windows 8. Here’s how to enable the feature and select what to sync between your Windows 8 systems.

As long as you log into your system with your Microsoft ID, the Sync feature in Windows 8 will sync Settings, Internet Explorer 10 (Metro) history and bookmarks, personal files and Apps between other Windows 8 computers.

Set Up Sync in Windows 8

Log into Windows 8 with your Microsoft Account (formerly knows as Windows Live Account). Use the keyboard shortcut Win Key + W. That brings up the Search box with Settings highlighted. Type: sync into the search field.

Then click Sync Your Settings under the search results on the left side of the screen.

Sync Your Settings

The Metro Control Panel opens to Sync Your Settings. On the right, scroll through and toggle on or off the settings and features you want synced with your other Windows 8 machines.

Toggle Sync Settings

Switch from Local Account to Microsoft Account

If you set up a Local Account, it’s easy to switch to your Microsoft Account. From the Charms bar, select Settings.


Then select More PC Settings.

More PC Settings

The Metro style Control Panel opens. Click on Users, then select Switch to a Microsoft Account.


Next sign in with your Microsoft Account email address.

Sign In MS Account

Then enter in your Microsoft Account password.

Sign into MS Account

Now you can go through and set up your Sync options. That’s all there is to it.

Having your settings, apps, bookmarks and more synced between Windows 8 devices makes getting things done a lot easier. You can get right down to business without having to set up each system again from scratch.

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2 Responses to How To Manage the Windows 8 Sync Feature

  1. Alvin B. October 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Apps do not sync with this…. Nor do their settings. It only seems to work with system settings. What the settings page says under apps is “Certain app settings and purchases made in an app”… so basically a developer has to EXPLICITLY support sync (most won’t bother)… and it does not sync installed apps.

  2. hhpierce1 January 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    new user

    Apples genius bar unable to make contacts and calendars update from computer to iPhone & iPad.

    Using – Windows 7, office 2013 with iPhone 6

    Would very much appreciate any suggestions

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