One of the Cloud’s Silver Linings

31 Oct

One of my favorite features of Windows 8.1 is the way it uses the cloud. Windows makes use of your Internet connection in ways that previous versions did not. If you wish, you can configure it to automatically save any of your files on-line. This allows you to easily access them from anywhere on any of your computers. Plus, those files are backed up on-line so they’re not at risk if something untoward happens to your computer.

It’s also possible to back up your settings: your Start screen arrangement, all your customizations, your Internet favorites, your apps, etc. Recently I acquired a new computer and, while setting it up, I simply entered the same User ID that I used on the old computer. Once it finished doing its thing, all was just as it was on the old computer. I was pleasantly surprised at how many settings and preferences were backed up and then automatically restored.

This can be useful if you have multiple computers in your life. They can all be synchronized so that you don’t have to reorient yourself when going from one computer to another. You can then “take your computing experience” with you wherever you go.

Backing up the settings is also pretty handy if you need to refresh your computer to solve a problem—all the settings and customizations are stored on-line and downloaded when needed.

To make this happen:

  • On your primary computer, go to the Settings charm and select “Change PC settings”.
  • Select “OneDrive”.
  • Select “Sync settings”.
  • At the very bottom of the list of settings that appears, look for “Back up your settings for this PC” and set it to “On”. On your secondary computers, leave this setting turned off.

Now, whenever you are running one of your other computers, it will match the settings on the primary one. It’s just that simple!

Your trusty Techspert,
John B.

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2 Responses to “One of the Cloud’s Silver Linings”

  1. chucktravis1 October 31, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    I took “Edit your photos like a pro” on a Holland America cruise.

    I enjoyed it so much, when I came home I bought an HP touch screen.

    However, I cannot find the Photos app.

    Can you tell me how to find it?

  2. Jack Cummings October 31, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    You need to advise folks that OneDrive will not backup documents that contain #, etc in the file name

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