Windows 8 syncs your settings across multiple PCs

By on October 3, 2011
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Sign in with Windows Live ID and that’s it.

Signing in with your Windows Live ID on Windows 8 will allow you to carry over your settings to multiple PCs. Think of it like Firefox Sync, but implemented throughout the OS.

The syncing of these settings is limited to how your Metro UI looks, and login credentials of various apps and programs that you have on different PCs. To give you a better idea, here’s what Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky wrote:

- Associate the most commonly used Windows settings with your user account. Saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. Your PC will be set up just the way you are used to!
- Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs.
- Save sign-in credentials for the different apps and websites you use and easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time.
- Automatically sign in to apps and services that use Windows Live ID for authentication.

Obviously people will be concerned about security issues for having this syncing feature across multiple computers, including work and home. Well,  there are multilayered security measures which will be taken to ensure your data is protected. For instance you will first need to authorize the new computers you use by providing “proof of your identity”. There will obviously be multiple secret answers and other detailed info like your phone numbers, etc. to verify your identity. Sort of like how you’d verify your answers to  a bank when getting assistance on the phone.

Obviously these security measures are taken in instances of new computer usage, and if you ever lose your password. Despite all of these safeguards if your account is still hacked, your Windows Live ID will go into a “compromised” state. However, you can always access your PC after logging in with Windows Live using your old password, just that you’ll have to go through the “recover my password” procedure online.


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