Windows 8: User account roaming settings over Windows Live Cloud revealed

By Tom Warren, on 27th Apr 11 2:34 pm with 10 Comments

Microsoft’s Windows roaming Cloud settings have been revealed.

The software giant was rumored to be including cloud syncing in Windows 8 when a number of confidential slides leaked last year. Forum users at MyDigitalLife uncovered a control panel item for “Roaming Options” under User Accounts. The Roam Options allow users to roam the following items:

  • Desktop Wallpaper
  • Aero Glass Color
  • Ease of access control panel
  • Magnifier
  • On screen keyboard
  • Narrator
  • Speech recognition settings
  • Language profile
  • Text prediction preferences
  • IME dictionary
  • Application settings and search history
  • Windows Taskbar settings
  • Windows Explorer settings
  • Windows Search settings
  • Windows Mouse settings
  • Wireless network profiles
  • Saved website credentials

The settings appear to sync to Microsoft’s Windows Live Cloud network when users link their Windows Live profile to a Windows 8 account. Microsoft has also included two roaming options to enable roaming on paid and low bandwidth networks. Long Zheng points out that Windows 8 appears to have the ability to distinguish between networks that charge for data, such as 3G networks, and those that have limited bandwidth.

Windows 8 roaming settings

  • trashoner

    you mean language profile.

  • Eingoluq

    So that means, if I have a Windows 8 tablet, changes to settings made, will roam to my Windows 8 desktop.

    And all these little leaks are starting to kill the anticipation for me. I’m sure later this week we might see another reveal. Hmmm I call zune media being default or xbox live integration

  • Keno Butler


  • w1ngnut

    Wow! Amazing!

  • scrolless

    I’m wondering if Microsoft will implement the History Vault to have similar options for home users to easily ‘roam’ locally between devices in their home network.

  • Tim Smith

    This is something I’ve wanted for a long time.

  • Isaac Barrett

    This is awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds awesome!

  • Avatar X

    The implementation of the dream that was originally started by the Live Framework and Live Mesh will be realized thanks to Windows 8 and the new Appx model.

  • Adam Haider

    This is possibly the greatest thing any Windows power-user could want. Paul Thurrott continually mentioned that his dream for Windows 8 would be to sign into using his Live ID and it would log him in with all his customisation settings, files and programs from the cloud. I do hope we could see this dream come true. :-)