How to Troubleshoot Sync settings on Windows 10

How to Troubleshoot Sync settings on Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

Windows 10 offers many features that improve user experience compared to the previous windows version. One of the features that help users is the sync settings.

Sync settings allow users to keep their system preferences and settings across multiple devices. This saves you time manually entering your preferred settings on every device you own.

However, in some cases, sync settings encounter problems, and your settings don’t apply to all your devices.

To help you troubleshoot Sync settings on Windows 10, proceed to the guide below.

Method 1: Turn on Sync Settings

The first thing to do is check if the sync setting is enabled on your computer. To check if it is turned on, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press Windows Key and Click on Settings

Step 2: On Windows Settings click on Accounts


Step 3: On the side menu, click on Sync your settings

Step 4: Make sure to turn on Sync Settings

Step 5: Turn on all the settings that you want to sync on all your devices

turn on sync settings

Method 2: Update Windows

Step 1: Press the Windows key + I

Step 2: Select Update & Security from the menu

Update & Security

Step 3: Select Windows Update from the side menu

Step 4: Click on Check for updates

Check for Updates

Step 5: Wait for the update to finish downloading and Reboot your computer

After rebooting your computer, windows will automatically install the update. This can take about 10-20 minutes, depending on the update size.

Method 3: Run SFC Scan

Your system settings could not be syncing because of corrupted registry keys or missing system files.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X on your keyboard and select Command Prompt (Admin).

Command Prompt (Admin)

Step 2: When Command Prompt open, type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter.

sfc /scannow

Step 3: After the scan is finished a system message will appear. See the list below to guide you on what it means.

  • Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations – This means your operating system doesn’t have any corrupted or missing files.
  • Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation – The repair tool detected a problem during the scan and an offline scan is needed
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them – This message will appear when the SFC was able to fix the problem it detected
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. – If this error occurs, you will need to repair the corrupted files manually. See the guide below.

**Try to run SFC scan two to three times to fix all the errors**

Method 4: Change Feedback and Diagnostics Settings

Step 1: Press the Windows key and Click on Settings

Step 2: On Windows Settings, Click on Privacy


Step 3: On the Side menu, scroll down and find Feedback & Diagnostics

Step 4: On Diagnostic and Usage Data, change the setting from basic to full (recommended)

Diagnostic and usage data in full (recommended)

Step 5: Restart your computer and see if your settings are already synced for all devices

If you are still unable to sync your settings in Windows 10, follow one of these guides to help fix the problem resetting your PC, troubleshooting Bluetooth windows 10, repairing the default gateway is not available, and repairing the system and compressed memory problems.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert on all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. Aside from entertaining at his home theater, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie.