Windows 10: Windows shouldn't be syncing across work and personal devices

Discus and support Windows shouldn't be syncing across work and personal devices in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; I started work at a place last year as IT Manager and was assigned a new Win10 Home laptop to use for work. I sign onto the laptop using a local... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by Winterknell, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. Windows shouldn't be syncing across work and personal devices

    I started work at a place last year as IT Manager and was assigned a new Win10 Home laptop to use for work. I sign onto the laptop using a local account, and I access all work-related Microsoft Office applications using my work email, which has its own Microsoft Office subscription via ActiveDirectory. The machine login is a local account because Microsoft wouldn't accept my work email to create a Microsoft account, I didn't want to proliferate extra accounts, and when/if I leave the job this machine may pass to someone else.

    Recently I bought a new Win10 Professional laptop for my own use, and I used my personal, non-work-related email to sign onto that. My personal email has its own, separate Microsoft Office subscription.

    Let me be very clear, these two email addresses have separate Microsoft Office subscriptions and of the two machines, one is owned by my work and the other by me. They are separate worlds. I signed into Outlook on the personal machine using both addresses for my own convenience and I suspect that when I did this Microsoft unilaterally decided to combine the two machines.

    While setting up the new machine I noticed that it was using my work wallpaper, but I thought nothing much of it at the time ("that's freaky", but I was busy setting up my new toy). Later I added a selection of new wallpaper to the personal machine and then today I noticed that Windows is now using some of those images as wallpaper on my work machine. Obviously there is some unasked-for sharing going on. I went in to disable sync and noticed, first, that under "Your Info" Windows has now assigned my personal email as the email address for the work machine (this is probably how the wallpaper is getting through), and second, that under "Sync your settings" the option is Off but, additionally, is flagged in yellow text "Sync is not available for your account. Contact your system administrator to resolve this."

    Well, guys, I am the system administrator, with control of my employer's ActiveDirectory and Azure environments, and I have no idea how to resolve this. The likeliest option seems to be to create an otherwise useless Microsoft account, but now that Microsoft has crossed the streams there seems no easy way to substitute that account for my personal email on the work machine without performing a factory reset.

    My concerns are

    1. Privacy - my employer deals with sensitive client information; my personal machine, not so much. This junction creates a security hole that might leak personally identifying information of clients should my personal laptop get stolen. I can remove my work email from Outlook on the personal machine, but I suspect that the damage is already done.
    2. Propriety - my wallpaper selections for my personal laptop were made for my own pleasure; some are not appropriate for the workplace, so now I have to worry about having inappropriate wallpaper pop up on my work laptop because of unwanted sharing I did not choose and cannot prevent.
    3. Risk - whoever gets onto this machine potentially has access to my personal Microsoft account, with all the dangers that implies; and by the same token, if they get onto my personal machine, this machine too is at risk.

    So. What should I do? How do I fix this without spending hours on the support line, paying Microsoft to unravel a mess they created?

    Winterknell, Mar 20, 2019

  2. Sync settings-Delete personal Settings from the Cloud?

    Hi All,
    I want to wipe the slate clean so that my Synced PC settings that are stored with my Microsoft Account are wiped clean and can start again from scratch. So yesterday I turned off Sync Settings under Accounts/Sync your Settings on my laptops and then I deleted my personal settings from the cloud.
    However, Today I noticed that in the Edge browser under settings the option to sync your favourites/reading lists/top sites and other settings across windows devices is enabled (not turned off) even though Sync your settings is turned off in Account/Sync Your settings. Does that mean that my favourites/reading lists etc will not have been deleted when I deleted my personal settings from the cloud yesterday i.e they will have immediately synced back to my Microsoft Account? As I described above Sync your settings in Accounts was (and still is) turned off before I deleted the personal settings from the cloud. I haven't turned Syncing back on in my Account settings yet at all.
    Does the On toggle in Edge settings work independently for Syncing Favourites or does it only work if Accounts/Sync Your Settings is turned on first ?
    sportsfan148, Mar 20, 2019
  3. AddRAM Win User
    win 10 upgrade asking for product key

    Just try it through Windows update, you shouldn`t have any issues.

    Excellent question Navy, that`s probabaly why. If not then, as suggested, just use the Media Creation Tool and choose upgrade this PC in Step 3.

    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums
    AddRAM, Mar 20, 2019
  4. Windows shouldn't be syncing across work and personal devices

    Windows 10 infinite restart black screen

    The tutorials provided are just a list of troubleshooting steps. Use only the steps which apply to you.

    Since none of the troubleshooting steps here worked, I'd suggest you do a Clean install.

    AmericanPharaoh, Mar 20, 2019

Windows shouldn't be syncing across work and personal devices