Windows 8 feature exposed which would allow user data to roam

A week ago I posted about a some information obtained from leaked builds of Windows 8 which would allow you to use an email account as a Windows account, which could have the possibility of logging you in on any computer running Windows 8.

Now it appears that someone has uncovered some new options in the Windows 8 Control Panel called Roaming Options, which allows you to choose what data should follow you around when you link an account to an email address. It is most likely the email address would need to be a Windows Live ID, but seeing as any email address can be a Windows Live ID, that’s not such a big deal.

The following information could be chosen to “roam” with you:

  • Personalization – This would be things such as your desktop background and Aero glass color.
  • Accessibility – Your options in the ease of access control panel, and magnifier, on screen keyboard and speech recognition settings.
  • Language Settings – Your language profile, text prediction preferences, and IME dictionary.
  • Application Settings – Application settings and search history.
  • Windows Settings – Taskbar, Explorer, search and mouse settings.
  • Credentials – Wireless network profiles and saved website credentials.

There are two other options under Network options, which allow you to choose whether or not your settings will roam on paid network and on networks with low bandwidth. Not too sure what the first one would be, but it might prevent syncing on 3G and 4G networks, which could cost you quite a bit of money. Then as for the low bandwidth option, Windows might detect whether or not the Internet connection is fast enough to not be a pain in the behind when syncing all the roaming data for your user account.

While this is a rumor, and nothing is set in stone, I can’t help but feel excited. After all, I use two computers: my desktop and netbook. It would be great if all my preferences and other application data would be in sync. Also, if anyone ever bought a new computer, whether it replaces an old one or not, all you would do is log in (either with your Windows Live ID, or you attach it to it) and your data is synchronized on your new computer. Wouldn’t that be nice?

One would assume for the applications themselves, a Windows Marketplace application would handle all of that, simply remembering which applications you own or have downloaded and installed, while Windows itself would sync all application settings. We know absolutely nothing of a Windows Marketplace for the next version of Windows, because what was previously thought to have been a possible “Window 8 App Store” screenshot, turned out to be a fake.

Thanks to the image by Long Zheng at