Windows 10: How best Sync (local) User Accounts across devices NOT using MS Cloud?

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  1. IanBJ Win User

    How best Sync (local) User Accounts across devices NOT using MS Cloud?


    Hi folks,
    In a Home/Small Office context I'd like to be able to synchronise my User Account info (UID, Username, Password, etc.) across several (Windows 10 and W7) laptops, a NAS, etc. but NOT by using Microsoft Accounts or One Cloud, or indeed any off-site solution. Installing an Active Directory Server (like a business/ enterprise setup) seems overkill and fiddly to maintain. Any advice/suggestions please?

    I know I could use Microsoft's Windows 10's Sync features using MS Account users - but I really don't want to share my details/data with Microsoft!!!

    Many thanks...

    :)
     
    IanBJ, Mar 10, 2020
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  2. Kari Win User

    Local Acct user and MS account user - sync them or merge them


    If the local account is the one where you have most of your personal data, this is how I would do it:

    • Sign in to your Microsoft account
    • Copy all documents, pictures and other personal data from Microsoft account's user folders to corresponding folders in user Public (contents of MS account Documents folder to Public Documents folder and so on)
    • Sign out from Microsoft account
    Notice that above steps are only required if Microsoft account user folders contain data you want to keep. If its user folders are empty or do not contain anything worth saving, you can skip the above steps. Continue from below.

    • Sign in to the local account
    • Delete the Microsoft account (Option One in this tutorial)
    • Switch your local account to a Microsoft account (tutorial)
    • Copy the data backed up from old Microsoft account to Public folders to new Microsoft account in corresponding folders

    That's it. Using the Public folders as temporary storage you will have none whatsoever file owner / permission issues later on.
     
  3. chideock Win User
    Local Acct user and MS account user - sync them or merge them


    Thank you. I will give it a try later today and post my results.

    Got to it sooner than I thought.
    Your method worked perfectly.

    Thank you
     
    chideock, Mar 10, 2020
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  4. How best Sync (local) User Accounts across devices NOT using MS Cloud?

    Local account installation question


    I'm fairly certain that Skip this step was available in 10.0.130 - the workaround in Step 20 (back button) is no longer required.

    The currently known, as of 10.0.130, ways to create a Local account sign-in are
    • Skip this step at the MS account creation phase
    • No Internet connection during the install
    • static IP (post# 2 by Fragment) - New (to me anyway)
     
    Slartybart, Mar 10, 2020
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