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#1 George P

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:02

Hey guys, I've got two systems running windows 8, my desktop and a hybrid tablet from Samsung. On my desktop I have over 100 different wallpapers set to cycle through once a day, but the tablet only managed to sync with the first 20 and won't get the others. Any ideas?


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:09

Copy the 100 wallpapers to the tablet? Maybe the sync is limited to how many it can send over

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:11

Copy the 100 wallpapers to the tablet? Maybe the sync is limited to how many it can send over


Maybe? I dunno, that will be the last resort really.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:09

Maybe? I dunno, that will be the last resort really.


Yea, tablets are best not filled up with things you shouldn't need in the first place

Could try it as a test, then set the walls to rotate every 10 seconds to see if it goes past 20, if it does, you could report it to MS, could be something they overlooked / easily fixed with an update

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:27

Hmm, I usually just keep them stored client side but if you don't want to do that I guess you could get round that with a kind of adhoc skydrive system!

#6 OP George P

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 13:07

I think the problem might be that the different themes got mixed up, there's the theme I have set on the desktop as always, then on the tablet there's a synced theme that shows up. I'll mess with it a bit more tomorrow but I think if both systems are set to synced theme it probably got stuck in some loop and never made it past the top 20 in the list.

I'll update when I figure it out more.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 13:39

Ok, after messing with it more I ran into two issues, for some reason the changes I made on my desktop didn't sync over to the tablet but the changes on the tablet synced over without a problem. I think this has something to do with the order of sign in between systems. That is that because my desktop stays on 24/7 and I'm not signing in and out of it often compared to the tablet that the sync follows whatever the newest change is on the system that has the newest login at the time. Or maybe all the desktop theme changes got out of whack and it just blocked them from the desktop though they kept going through fine on the tablet back to the desktop.

Anyways, what I then tried was to move all 100 wallpapers to the tablet and set them up to cycle like I originally did on the desktop. I had set the desktop to some other temp theme with one wallpaper etc. After I made the change on the tablet I waited for it to sync over to the desktop. Once it did I went in to see the settings and found out that once again only the top 20 images had synced back to the desktop and not all 100. This seems to be the limit set to how much data can be synced over. I decided to stop desktop side theme sync on both but keep the rest. Now I just set each to cycle through all the wallpapers on their own independent of each other.

I didn't expect MS to have some type of limit set on the settings sync size but that's what it looks like. This is minor though, I'm sure I'm in the minority here and most people stick with one or a few wallpapers and not 100+ like I do.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 14:35

Give them an email about it, they might not know

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 17:19

Hey guys, did either of you get any further on this topic? Windows 8 only syncs the first 20 wallpapers between my machines too.

I have tried manually copying them all into the default wallpaper roaming folder. Windows 8 deletes them except the first 20.

I have tried putting my wallpapers into another folder, and pointing the theme to look there. Windows 8 reverts to the default roaming folder.

The only workaround I have found is to disable personalisation synchronisation, which isn't exactly ideal.

Has anyone else found a way to get around this limitation?

Thanks in advance,
NimbusTLD

#10 bettywhite

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:06

hi,
i think that might be the limit upto which it can sycn walpapper.