Backup and Restore Turn On or Off Remember Preferences for MSA Across Windows 11 Devices


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Remember my preferences for your Microsoft account (MSA) across all your Windows 11 devices you sign in with the same Microsoft account.

When Windows backup is turned on, Windows backs up the settings you choose across all your Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices that you've signed in to with your Microsoft account.

You can back up preferences including 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.

References:

Starting with Windows 11 build 25179, the spelling dictionary will now use a language-neutral word list and Microsoft is trying out syncing this across all devices that use the same Windows account via the Language preferences setting.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25231, the spelling dictionary now uses a language-neutral word list and syncs across all devices that use the same Windows account

Starting with Windows 11 build 25300, the change to sync voice typing settings, Automatic punctuation and Voice typing launcher, across all devices signed in using the same Microsoft account is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. You can toggle this feature via Settings > Accounts > Windows backup > Remember my preferences > Accessibility. This currently only works with Microsoft accounts today with AAD support coming later.

Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 KB5030310 Build 22621.2361, Microsoft is introducing a new Windows Backup app to quickly get your current PC backed up and ready to move to a new PC.

Starting with Windows 11 build 23506 (Dev), you can now configure your backup preferences in second-chance out of box experience (SCOOBE), so your apps, settings, creds, and files are backed up in the cloud just the way you want them. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the data you care about is protected and ready for you to restore from any PC.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Remember Preferences for MSA Across Windows 11 Devices in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Remember Remember Preferences for MSA Across Windows 11 Devices in Windows Backup app


EXAMPLE: Select to restore from device during clean install with Microsoft account

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Option One

Turn On or Off Remember Preferences for MSA Across Windows 11 Devices in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Windows backup on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Do step 4 (on) or step 5 (off) below for what you want.

4 Turn On "Remember my preferences"

This is the default setting.


A) Turn on Remember my preferences. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on Remember my preferences to expand it open.​

C) Check (default) or uncheck Accessibility.​

D) Check (default) or uncheck Accounts and passwords.​

E) Check (default) or uncheck Personalization.​

F) Check (default) or uncheck Language preferences.​

G) Check (default) or uncheck Other Windows settings.​

H) Go to step 6.​

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5 Turn Off "Remember my preferences"

A) Turn off Remember my preferences, and go to step 6. (see screenshot below)​

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6 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Remember Remember Preferences for MSA Across Windows 11 Devices in Windows Backup app


This option is only available starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 KB5030310 Build 22621.2361.



1 Open the Windows Backup app from the Start menu > All Apps.

2 Click/tap on Apps to expand it open, and turn on (default) or off Accessibility, Language preferences, Other Windows settings, and Personalization for what you want. (see screenshots below)

If these settings have been backed up in the past (and some are by default), they will show as Backed up and the toggle switch will be unavailable.


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2 Click/tap on Credentials to expand it open, and turn on (default) or off Remember wifi network and other passwords for what you want. (see screenshots below)

If this setting had been backed up in the past, it will show as Backed up and the toggle switch will be unavailable.


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4 Click/tap on Back up to apply. (see screenshots above)

5 Windows Backup will now start backing up your PC for what you turned on. (see screenshot below)

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6 When finished backing up, you can close the Windows Backup app window if wanted. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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