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Wed Aug 11, 2021, 10:03 PM

Spooky action at close range

I recently bought a Dell XPS 13 laptop. For the setup process, I placed it directly in front of my HP desktop, up & running, which has a beautiful cat pic as desktop background. While setup was running on the Dell, the same cat pic suddenly appeared there as desktop background without any prompt from me.

The HP & the Dell were not connected in any way. Did the Dell's camera somehow activate & copy the cat pic from the HP? Or was it just a stunning coincidence? Or......?

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Lord Ludd Aug 2021 OP
Hugh_Lebowski Aug 2021 #1
Lord Ludd Aug 2021 #2
RainCaster Aug 2021 #4
Hugh_Lebowski Aug 2021 #5
Lord Ludd Aug 2021 #6
Anon-C Aug 2021 #3

Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Wed Aug 11, 2021, 10:06 PM

1. Is this Windows? Did the setup process have you log into your Microsoft account? nt

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 11, 2021, 10:10 PM

2. Yes to both

Both PCs running Windows 10, and I did login to my Microsoft account. Did Microsoft copy the HP pic to the Dell?

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Response to Lord Ludd (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 11, 2021, 11:14 PM

4. Yup

Kinda nice actually.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 03:12 PM

5. More likely is that photo (assuming it's not a 'stock' background pic) is saved to your OneDrive

So both machines are effectively 'sharing' that cloud-saved photo.

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 12, 2021, 09:35 PM

6. Thanks to both

I don't actively deal with the Cloud or OneDrive, so that never occurred to me.

At the time, it did freak me out a little.

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