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Check the time zone
If you live on the West Coast, you can ignore this one. For everyone else, keep reading.
On a clean install of Windows 8, you're never given a chance to set your local time zone. Instead, the system defaults to Pacific Time. When you boot up for the first time, make sure you go into PC Settings and adjust this setting so it matches where you live.
Connect your domain and Microsoft accounts
Using a Microsoft account (formerly known as Windows Live ID) is the best way to ensure that settings stay in sync. It also allows you to log on to services like SkyDrive without having to enter your credentials.
For home and small business users, you can do this at setup. If you're signed in with a Windows domain account, you need to go through one extra step.
From PC Settings, click Users and follow the prompts to connect your domain account to a Microsoft account. You can decide on this screen exactly what you want to sync.
Confirm your PC as a trusted device
Certain sensitive settings (like passwords for local servers and websites) sync only between "trusted PCs." In addition, you can use a trusted PC as a management console.
Designating a PC as trusted requires a second security factor in addition to your password, typically a phone (where you can receive a code as a text or voice message) or an alternate e-mail address.
From PC Settings, click Sync Your Settings and look at the top of the list. If your device isn't yet trusted, you can click a link to begin the process.