Data Doctors: How to synchronize 2 Windows computers

Can you make your Windows computer at home and your office computer look and work the same? You can, but there’s a lot to think about. Ken Colburn of the Data Doctors will walk you through it.

Q: Is there an easy way to make my home Windows computer and my office computer look and work the same?

A: There are obvious benefits, but before you decide to go this route, make sure you are comfortable with the possibility that some of your personal information may be accessed by IT or others in the office. .

Fortunately, you can select what you want to sync, such as its appearance (Theme), passwords, language preferences, “Other settings” such as printer and mouse options, notification preferences and installed apps.

Windows 10 and 11 have the ability to sync many settings, even if your personal computer and your desktop computer are using different versions.

Microsoft account requirement

The key to syncing your Windows computers is to use the same Microsoft account on both computers.

This could be a challenge, depending on the restrictions that have been put in place by your office’s IT department, so check with them before trying to make any changes to how you log in.

If you can use the same Microsoft account on both computers, your settings will sync by default. If you want to remove some of the items that will be synced in Windows 10, you will need to go to Settings -> Accounts -> Sync your settings.

In the “Sync your settings” menu, you can enable or disable all synchronizations or selectively disable Theme, Passwords, Language preferences and Other settings.

In Windows 11, the sync option has been moved to the “Windows Backup” section of the account settings menu.

Once there, clicking on the “Remember my preferences” option will provide you with the same switches as they appear in Windows 10.

Browser sync

For most users, syncing browser settings is usually the most useful from a productivity standpoint.

If you’re using the Microsoft Edge browser, syncing bookmarks, passwords, history, and other options can be accessed by clicking your profile icon and clicking the “Manage profile settings” link. ” in the menu.

When syncing is on, you can choose from seven different features that you want to sync across both computers: Favorites, Settings, Personal Info, Passwords, History, Open Tabs, and Extensions.

If you are using another browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, you will need to sign in to the separate account associated with those specific products.

This also means that if your company’s security settings don’t allow you to use the same Microsoft account to sync Windows, you can still sync your browser settings.

In Chrome, if you click the profile icon in the upper right corner, the profile page will appear with an indication of your current sync status which you can click to change various settings.

In Firefox, click on the menu button (the three lines in the upper right corner) and then on Settings.

Click Sync in the menu options to open the sync settings panel and make sure it’s enabled.

In the “Choose what to sync” dialog box that opens, check the boxes next to the types of information you want to sync.

You will need to check all of these settings on both computers for proper synchronization.

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