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How to remove your Windows 10 account sync settings from the cloud

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Windows 10 Wallpaper (Image credit: Microsoft)

If you log in to Windows 10 using a Microsoft Account, you likely also take advantage of Windows 10's built-in syncing functionality, which takes some saved settings, colors, and wallpapers and stores them in the cloud for automatically applying to other Windows 10 devices when you log in to them, as well.

This syncing functionality was first introduced in Windows 8 and is still in use today in Windows 10. But if you're tired of all the settings that are synced to every device you log in to and want to start afresh, here's how you can go about doing that.

The best time to do this is if you're clean installing Windows 10 or setting up your account on a new PC for the first time. If you don't want your old settings to sync over to your new PC or install, just follow this guide and remove your old sync settings from Microsoft's servers. This will give you a clean slate when logging into your new PC or Windows 10 install, with the default Windows 10 wallpaper and everything.

How to remove Windows 10 account sync settings

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Head to
  2. Sign in to your Microsoft Account.

  1. Select the Devices tab at the top of the page.

  1. Select More actions under one of your listed devices.
  2. Select Remove cloud backup of personal settings from all devices in the drop-down menu.

  1. Read the instructions presented on this web page, and make sure you have either signed out of your Microsoft Account on your PC or turned off sync settings.

  1. Select Remove.
  2. Select Yes.

Your account sync settings will then be deleted from Microsoft's servers. You should now be able to start fresh with your Microsoft Account sync settings, including wallpapers and more.

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Zac Bowden
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  • Does anyone know if Cortana notebook can be accessed from the cloud or if Cortana devices ui can be accessed from the cloud
  • Interesting. Some of my sync settings don't work at all, while others sometimes only intermittently work. For example Edge favourites have completely stopped syncing for over a year now. I've tried "resetting" Edge (deleting files from hidden folders and rebooting), to no avail. The last suggestion from MS was to switch to a Local Account and back to a Cloud account. But that meant having to migrate most of my docs from one user profile to another and perhaps reinstall most of my apps. Intermittently Timeline stops syncing. And the whole synced color scheme, theme thing works only about 50% of the time. I usually just give up and manually install the same theme on all 3 of my devices. Perhaps I'll try wiping it all out, using this How To, waiting a couple of days, and starting over. Actually love the idea of syncing, just wish it actually worked.
  • I booted my laptop which I hadn't used for quite a while. In the meantime I had added and reorganized my Edge Favorites. Back it went to the previous state. Disastrous!
  • Edge favorites stopped working for me on phones 2 years ago. It chooses which of my other devices it wants to work on and when it works it just adds an additional folder instead of syncing and combining 2 of the same folders. So if I use 3 devices and each device has a MS folder in favorites, it will just add another MS folder to whatever other device it syncs to. I have upwards of 5 or 6 of certain folders on each of my devices with the favorites split up between all of the folders. It's pathetic.
  • Yeah, I would say syncing has not been bulletproof for me. Personally, I would love for the to add in sync for Start Menu settings. Would be so awesome if every PC I logged onto had same start experience.