How to delete your Windows 8 personal settings from the cloud

Remnants of your Windows 8 sync settings remain in the cloud, even if you turn off sync. We'll show you how to delete your personal settings from Microsoft's cloud servers.

Windows 8 sync settings
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Windows 8 can sync your settings and personal preferences over multiple PCs, as long as you log in with your Microsoft account. It's a convenient feature if you frequently switch between computers, like a laptop and a desktop. If you don't want to sync your settings, you can disable it by going to PC Settings on your Windows 8 PC. However, your sync settings will remain on Microsoft's servers. Here's how to delete your Windows 8 personal settings from the cloud:

Step 1: Disable syncing on every Windows 8 PC or RT device. Display the Charms bar by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + C, or swipe in from the right edge on touch screens. Then, go to Settings > Change PC settings > Sync your settings. Move the slider for "Sync settings on this PC" to Off, which will gray out all the settings below it.

Step 2: Log in to your Microsoft account on the Web, then go to Microsoft's Windows 8 Personal Settings page. Click on the "Remove" button to request the deletion of your sync settings.

Windows 8 personal settings page
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Step 3: At the confirmation prompt, click "Yes."

Windows 8 personal settings deletion confirmation
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Keep in mind that the deletion may not occur immediately. It's possible that the data will remain on Microsoft's cloud servers until the next "scheduled clean-up process."

(Via WinSuperSite)

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Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at



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