On Windows 10, when you use a Microsoft account, you can sync a number of settings across your devices for a more consistent experience. Some of these settings can include your current theme, passwords, language preferences, and many other settings.
However, before these settings to sync across your devices, they first get uploaded to your Microsoft account (more specifically to your OneDrive account), and each of your PCs will download and apply the settings depending if you have the feature enabled.
If you want to completely disable this feature and you don’t want Microsoft to keep a copy of your settings, or you want to start over with a clean set of preferences, it’s possible to delete the settings uploaded to the Microsoft servers.
How to delete synced settings on Windows 10
In order to delete your Windows 10 settings uploaded to your OneDrive account, you must first disable the sync feature on all your devices connected with the same Microsoft account, and then you can delete your synced settings. Here’s how.
Disabling settings sync
To disable the ability for Windows 10 to sync your settings to the cloud, do the following:
Click on Accounts.
Click on Sync your settings.
Turn off the Sync settings toggle switch.
After completing the steps, repeat the instructions on all your devices using the same Microsoft account.
Deleting synced Windows 10 settings
To delete your synced Windows 10 settings stored in OneDrive, do the following:
Open this OneDrive page.
Sign in with your Microsoft account as required.
Click the Remove button at the bottom of the page.
Click the Yes button to confirm the deletion.
Once you’ve completed the steps, the settings previously uploaded to your OneDrive account will be delete. You can now leave this feature disabled on Windows 10, or you can enable the feature again to sync a fresh copy of your settings.
Although this guide is focused on Windows 10, you can also use the same process to delete your settings if you’re using Windows 8.1.