Windows 10 roaming settings reference

The following is a complete list of all the settings that will be roamed or backed up in Windows 10.

Devices and endpoints

See the following table for a summary of the devices and account types that are supported by the sync, backup, and restore framework in Windows 10.

Account type and operation Desktop Mobile
Azure Active Directory: sync Yes No
Azure Active Directory: backup/restore No No
Microsoft account: sync Yes Yes
Microsoft account: backup/restore No Yes

What is backup?

Windows settings generally sync by default, but some settings are only backed up, such as the list of installed applications on a device. Backup is for mobile devices only and currently not available for Enterprise State Roaming users. Backup uses a Microsoft account and stores the settings and application data into OneDrive. If a user disables sync on the device using the Settings app, application data that normally syncs becomes backup only. Backup data can only be accessed through the restore operation during the first run experience of a new device. Backups can be disabled via the device settings, and can be managed and deleted through the user’s OneDrive account.

Windows Settings overview

The following settings groups are available for end-users to enable/disable settings sync on Windows 10 devices.

  • Theme: desktop background, user tile, taskbar position, etc.
  • Internet Explorer Settings: browsing history, typed URLs, favorites, etc.
  • Passwords: Windows credential locker, including Wi-Fi profiles
  • Language Preferences: spelling dictionary, system language settings
  • Ease of Access: narrator, on-screen keyboard, magnifier
  • Other Windows Settings: see Windows Settings details

Edge browser setting group (favorites, reading list) syncing can be enabled or disabled by end users through Edge browser Settings menu option.

Windows Settings details

In the following table, Other entries in the Settings Group column refers to settings that can be disabled by going to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings > Other Windows settings.

Internal entries in the Settings Group column refer to settings and apps that can only be disabled from syncing within the app itself or by disabling sync for the entire device using mobile device management (MDM) or Group Policy settings. Settings that don't roam or sync will not belong to a group.

Settings Desktop Mobile Group
Accounts: account picture sync X Theme
Accounts: other account settings X X
Advanced mobile broadband: Internet connection sharing network name (enables auto-discovery of mobile Wi-Fi hotspots via Bluetooth) X X Passwords
App data: individual apps can sync data sync backup sync backup internal
App list: list of installed apps X backup Other
Bluetooth: all Bluetooth settings X X
Command prompt: Command prompt "Defaults" settings sync X
Credentials: Credential Locker sync sync password
Date, Time, and Region: automatic time (Internet time sync) sync sync language
Date, Time, and Region: 24-hour clock sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: date and time sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: time zone X language
Date, Time, and Region: daylight savings time sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: country/region sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: first day of week sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: region format (locale) sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: short date sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: long date sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: short time sync X language
Date, Time, and Region: long time sync X language
Desktop personalization: desktop Theme (background, system color, default system sounds, screen saver) sync X Theme
Desktop personalization: slideshow wallpaper sync X Theme
Desktop personalization: taskbar settings (position, auto-hide, etc.) sync X Theme
Desktop personalization: start screen layout X backup
Devices: shared printers you've connected to X X other
Edge browser: reading list sync sync internal
Edge browser: favorites sync sync internal
Edge browser: top sites [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: typed URLs [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: favorites bar settings [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: show the home button [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: block pop-ups [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: ask me what to do with each download [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: offer to save passwords [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: send do not track requests [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: save form entries [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: show search and site suggestions as I type [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: cookies preference [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: let sites save protected media licenses on my device [1] sync sync internal
Edge browser: screen reader setting [1] sync sync internal
High Contrast: On or Off sync X ease of access
High contrast: Theme settings sync X ease of access
Internet Explorer: open tabs (URL and title) sync sync Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer: reading list sync sync Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer: typed URLs sync sync Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer: browsing history sync sync Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer: favorites sync sync Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer: excluded URLs sync sync Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer: home pages sync sync Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer: domain suggestions sync sync Internet Explorer
Keyboard: users can turn on/off on-screen keyboard sync X ease of access
Keyboard: turn on sticky yes (off by default) sync X ease of access
Keyboard: turn on filter keys (off by default) sync X ease of access
Keyboard: turn on toggle keys (off by default) sync X ease of access
Internet Explorer: domain Language: Chinese (CHS) QWERTY - enable self-learning sync X Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - enable dynamic candidate ranking sync X Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - char-set Simplified Chinese sync X Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - char-set Traditional Chinese sync X Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - fuzzy pinyin sync backup Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - fuzzy pairs sync backup Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - full pinyin sync X Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - double pinyin sync X Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - reading auto correction sync X Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - C/E switch key, shift sync X Language
Language: CHS QWERTY - C/E switch key, Ctrl sync X Language
Language: CHS WUBI - single character input mode sync X Language
Language: CHS WUBI - show the remaining coding of the candidate sync X Language
Language: CHS WUBI - beep when 4-coding is invalid sync X Language
Language: CHT Bopomofo - include CJK Ext-A sync X Language
Language: Japanese IME - predictive typing and custom words sync sync Language
Language: Korean (KOR) IME X X Language
Language: handwriting recognition X X Language
Language: language profile sync backup Language
Language: spellcheck - autocorrect and highlight misspellings sync backup Language
Language: list of keyboards sync backup Language
Lock Screen: all lock screen settings X X
Magnifier: on or off (master toggle) X X Ease of access
Magnifier: turn inversion color on or off (off by default) sync X Ease of access
Magnifier: tracking - follow the keyboard focus sync X Ease of access
Magnifier: tracking - follow the mouse cursor sync X Ease of access
Magnifier: start when users sign in (off by default) sync X Ease of access
Mouse: change the size of mouse cursor sync X other
Mouse: change the color of mouse cursor sync X other
Mouse: all other settings X X
Narrator: quick launch sync X Ease of access
Narrator: users can change Narrator speaking pitch sync X Ease of access
Narrator: users can turn on or off Narrator reading hints for common items (on by default) sync X Ease of access
Narrator: users can turn on or off whether they can hear typed characters (on by default) sync X Ease of access
Narrator: users can turn on or off whether they can hear typed words (on by default) sync X Ease of access
Narrator: have insert cursor following Narrator (on by default) sync X Ease of access
Narrator: enable visual highlighting of Narrator cursor (on by default) sync X Ease of access
Narrator: play audio cues (on by default) sync X Ease of access
Narrator: activate keys on the touch keyboard when you lift your finger (off by default) sync X Ease of access
Ease of access: set the thickness of the blinking cursor sync X Ease of access
Ease of access: remove background images (off by default) sync X Ease of access
Power and Sleep: all settings X X
Start screen personalization: accent color (phone only) X sync Theme
Typing: spelling dictionary sync backup Language
Typing: autocorrect misspelled word sync backup Language
Typing: highlight misspelled words sync backup Language
Typing: show text suggestions as I type sync backup Language
Typing: add a space after I choose a text suggestion sync backup Language
Typing: add a period after I double-tap the spacebar sync backup Language
Typing: capitalize the first letter of each sentence sync backup Language
Typing: use all uppercase letters when I double-tap shift key sync backup Language
Typing: play key sounds as I type sync backup Language
Typing: personalization data for touch keyboard sync backup Language
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi profiles (only WPA) sync sync Passwords
Footnote 1

Minimum supported OS version of Windows Creators Update (Build 15063).