How to Disable or Limit Sync in Windows 8 – Guiding Tech

We have already seen how a user can switch to a Microsoft online account from a local account in Windows 8 to sync the settings between devices. When I tried the account syncing myself by installing a dummy Windows 8 as a virtual machine, I got all my settings synced in no time. All my personalization, apps settings and even the passwords were synced to the virtual machine.

Syncing is good, but I prefer to draw a line on the elements that can be synced among the devices. In this article we will see how you can disable or limit Windows 8 sync and control the data that’s being synced between your connected devices.

Limit or Disable Windows 8 Sync

Step 1: Press Windows+I  hotkey to open Charm Bar settings and select the option Change PC settings here. This will open the Windows 8 Metro Settings on your PC.

Change Pc Settings

Step 2: In the Metro Settings, navigate to Sync your settings on the left sidebar to open Windows 8 sync settings page.

Sync Your Settings

Step 3: If you want to completely disable the Windows 8 sync feature, you can simply toggle the Sync settings on this PC option  from on to off and apply the settings.

Sync On Off

If you are looking forward to keep the sync on but limit the stuff that is synced between the devices, navigate to Settings to sync option and choose the elements you would like to disable the syncing for. There are many elements you can control in here. Simply click the mouse button on the on/off key to enable or disable the syncing.

Sync Settings

Step 4: If you are using a metered connection to save your bandwidth, you may choose whether you would like to sync the settings while you are working on a metered connection.

Metered Connection


So that was how you can disable or limit the syncing between the devices. The main purpose of limiting the syncing is not to save bandwidth or hard disk space but to improve security by limiting certain settings to a single device.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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