Install on laptop - how to avoid sync with Windows 10 apps on desktop PC?


tfwul

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Installed Windows 11 from USB (media creation tool) onto my laptop, formatted C-drive.
All goes well.
However, at the very end it seems Windows 11 tries to sync with the desktop apps: I get a bunch of 'empty white' icons.
Even the existing icon of Microsoft Edge is renamed to 'Microsoft Edge (Copy)'

Obviously I can delete all that, but how to avoid this in the first place?

I only want OneDrive to sync.

Thanks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-5820K 3.6GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus X99-Deluxe
    Memory
    32GB (DDR4-2133)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1150
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Dreamcolor HP Z27x
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB, 1TB, WD HDD's
    PSU
    Corsair RM650
    Case
    Corsair Obsidian 750D
    Keyboard
    Das Keyboard 4 Pro
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort 6000
    Internet Speed
    800Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Default)
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
.... it seems Windows 11 tries to sync with the desktop apps: I get a bunch of 'empty white' icons. ... I only want OneDrive to sync.

Welcome to Eleven Forum.

Open Settings and go to Accounts > Windows Backup. You can choose what to sync there. Mine is greyed out because I'm not using a Microsoft account.

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Thanks. Frankly, I wished I did nót install Windows 11 on my laptop. I believe there has not been a kind of warning that it will affect Windows 10 setup. After booting my Windows 10 desktop PC, 20 (!) of the 42 desktop icons are gone. Will post a separate thread on that.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-5820K 3.6GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus X99-Deluxe
    Memory
    32GB (DDR4-2133)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1150
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Dreamcolor HP Z27x
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB, 1TB, WD HDD's
    PSU
    Corsair RM650
    Case
    Corsair Obsidian 750D
    Keyboard
    Das Keyboard 4 Pro
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort 6000
    Internet Speed
    800Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge (Default)
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
I think you will find that it's a One drive issue not W11.
One drive will replicate your "desktop" icons and if you delete them from your laptop, it will also delete them from the "desktop" of your PC.
I found that out the Hardway.
If you look at the thread, I have created about removing icons from my laptop you will see potential ways to avoid this problem. I had no orphan or
blank icons,Screenshot 2023-01-22 103523.jpg
but I'm pure W11 Pro.
I'm about to try removing desktop from PC and laptop.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro (23H2)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Strix 550A -AM4
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nividia 2600
    Sound Card
    On board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Hard Drives
    2GB NVME, 2GB SSD x 2
    PSU
    650W
    Cooling
    Air
    Internet Speed
    1GB
    Browser
    Edge and Chrome
    Antivirus
    Total AV
    Other Info
    Also have LT using W11 pro and 23H2
  • Operating System
    W11 Pro (23H2)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5900
    Motherboard
    Nvidia 1030
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD RX550
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    TV/ Monitor
    Hard Drives
    Crucial 50GB NVME
    2x 12TB Seagate spinners.
    2TB WD spinner
    PSU
    650W
    Cooling
    Air
    Internet Speed
    IGB
    Browser
    Edge and Chrome
    Antivirus
    Total AV
    Other Info
    Its my Server / occasional user.
    The 12TB drives use Stablebit Drivepool :)

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