If you are someone who uses more than one computing devices (desktop PC, laptop or even a tablet), do you often find yourself transferring the same files from your computer to your laptop or tablet?
Microsoft has introduced a sync feature in Windows 8 that allows you to solve this particular problem. Not only that, but it also allows you to sync your PC settings as well;provided that all your devices are running under Windows 8.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how you can synchronize your files and settings in order to get a consistent and familiar environment on each of your device. You can of course choose what you want to sync and discard the rest. Here’s what you can sync in Windows 8:
- Your desktop background, colors, the lock screen, and your account display picture
- The active desktop theme and how the taskbar looks
- Personalization of your desktop’s ease of access features such as the magnifier
- Your language preferences such as the display language and input methods
- App settings that support the synchronization feature
- Internet Explorer’s browser history, bookmarks and sign-in credentials for websites
- Your mouse settings and those of File Explorer
- All your files including photos, documents and programs using SkyDrive.
Sync Windows 8 Settings
In order to sync your Windows 8 settings, you will need to switch to a Microsoft account rather than using a local account. You can then use this account credential to login on any of your Windows 8 computers or tablets. Here’s how to turn on the Sync feature:
- Bring the side menu by pressing Windows logo+I and click
Change PC Settings.
- Once there, navigate to
Sync your settingsto bring the
Sync your Settingsmenu.
- Click the
Sync Your Settings On This PCOn/Off button.
- You don’t have to share all your settings when you turn on the Sync feature; you can select only items you want to share across your windows 8-based devices under
Settings to Sync.
- If you are using a metered connection, which charge you based on your bandwidth consumption you might not be able to sync your settings unless you enable it under
Sync over metered connections.
Sync files in Windows 8
Windows 8 does not only allow you to synchronize your settings but also your files to other computers by taking advantage of Microsoft’s SkyDrive. If you haven’t heard of this service before, it’s a cloud storage service that allows you to share items such as pictures and documents, with others. With SkyDrive, you can basically make all the contents of your computer available when you log on from other computers. Here’s how you can sync your files in Windows 8:
- From the metro interface, click on the
Skydrivetile. You will be presented with three default folders: Documents, Pictures and Public. Choose the appropriate folder or create a new one by right-clicking and selecting
- Once you are inside the folder, right-click and choose
Upload. You can then browse and locate the file that you want to keep in your SkyDrive account and click
Add to SkyDrive.
- If you have multiple file, right-click on each file to select them and click
Add to SkyDrive.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to go through the SkyDrive tile each time, there’s a shorter way you can do that. Here’s how:
- Locate the file that you want to add to SkyDrive and right-click on it to select it.
- Then press Windows logo + C to bring the Charm bar on the right.
- Click on
Shareand then choose to send Using
- You will then be prompted to enter your email address associated with your Skydrive account. Once you are logged in, click on
To access your file on another PC, login with your Microsoft account and click on the Skydrive tile. You should see your files there. Now you have one more reason to upgrade to Windows 8. 😉