How to Troubleshoot Sync settings on Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

Windows 10 offers a ton of features that improve user experience compared to 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 on manually entering your preferred settings on every device you own.

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

To help you in troubleshooting Sync settings on Windows 10 proceed to the guide below.

Method 1: Turn on Sync Settings

The first thing to do is to check if sync setting is actually 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

Method 2: Update Windows

Step 1: Press Windows key + I

Step 2: Select Update & Security from the menu

Step 3: Select Windows Update from the side menu

Step 4: Click on 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 size of the update.

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).

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

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 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)

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