Gone are the days when users had to change every little setting on every laptop, notebook or desktop computer they owned. Windows 8.1’s OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) sync keeps you going your desktop background, mouse settings and more can be used on multiple devices. It makes the Windows experience easier than for users with multiple devices.
Here’s how to turn on syncing of SkyDrive settings in Windows 8.1.
Before we begin, it’s important to note that this tutorial is exclusive to Windows 8.1, the free update available for Windows 8 users in the Windows Store. Go to the Windows Store and look for a title asking you to upgrade to Windows 8.1. If you can see the header, perform the upgrade first and then continue from where this tutorial started. Typically, the upgrade takes about an hour.
Press the Windows key on your keyboard or, if it’s touchscreen, the Windows button at the bottom of your device’s screen to go to .
Open the Charms Bar. Touch users should place their fingers on the right edge of the screen and slowly slide their fingers to the left. Mouse and keyboard users should place the mouse cursor in the upper-right corner of their screen. Tap or click Charm.
Tap or click the option.
Inside the control panel, tap or click the option in the left menu. Third option from above.
tap or click.
Tap or click each switch to enable each type of sync.
Every user who logs into Windows 8 using a Microsoft Account will see that the Start Screen appearance and any personalization settings they have made have been synchronized. A list of installed apps and apps you own is also synced by default. So are your Internet Explorer favorites, browsing history, and Desktop settings.
Windows 8.1 does not sync your signature and passwords until your device is authenticated. Usually this happens during the initial setup process, but users can also click the verification option under the Passwords button if they haven’t verified their device.