Backup and Restore Enable or Disable Sync Apps and Preferences for Microsoft Accounts in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to "Remember my apps" and "Remember my preferences" in Windows Backup for all Microsoft accounts in Windows 11.
  • Remember my apps
    Windows will remember the apps you have installed and help you restore them from Microsoft Store on your new devices. This setting is not available for work or school accounts, and Windows does not remember your apps for work or school accounts.
  • Remember my preferences
    You can back up preferences including accessibility passwords, language, and other Windows settings. If you turn on Other Windows settings, Windows also syncs some device settings (for things like printers and mouse options), File Explorer settings, and notification preferences.
You can disable Windows sync settings on the device to prevent all Microsoft accounts on the device from being able to turn on Remember my apps and Remember my preferences.

Local accounts do not support Remember my apps and Remember my preferences.

References:

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable "Remember my apps" and "Remember my preferences" for all Microsoft accounts.



EXAMPLE: Enable or Disable "Remember my apps" and "Remember my preferences" for Microsoft accounts

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Enable Sync Apps and Preferences for Microsoft Accounts

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_sync_apps_and_preferences_for_Microsoft_accounts.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Experience\AllowSyncMySettings]
"value"=dword:00000001

3 Disable Sync Apps and Preferences for Microsoft Accounts

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_sync_apps_and_preferences_for_Microsoft_accounts.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Experience\AllowSyncMySettings]
"value"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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