So I have two Windows 8 VMs. I want to set one's theme to blue/black colors and the others to red colors.

The reason I want these different is that I will be using the VMs simultaneously. One is 32 bit, and the other is 64 bit. I want to have an immediate indication of which VM I am on so that I don't make mistakes where I'm on the wrong machine.

When trying to change the theme, Windows and it's magical syncing changes it across every computer I have running Windows 8. How can I tell Windows not to do this?

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    Do you have to use a MS live account? Can you create separate local accounts? Apr 17, 2013 at 16:56
  • @BradPatton I use a MS live account. I can create separate accounts, but I'd strongly rather not since theme stuff is the only thing I don't want to sync
    – Earlz
    Apr 17, 2013 at 17:00

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You can configure what is synced on the PC Settings screen.

For Windows 8:

  1. Windows + I to get to settings
  2. Select Sync your settings.
  3. Set Personalize to Off to not sync the background.

For Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings (Start->Settings or Windows + I)
  2. Select Accounts
  3. Select Sync your settings
  4. Turn Theme off
  • In case you find the instructions unclear: 1) Windows+I 2) PC settings down at the bottom 3) Search sync 4) select sync settings 5) you're welcome.
    – tmj
    Oct 4, 2015 at 17:05

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