Monday, June 13, 2016

Ten things to turn off in Windows 10 as of 2016

Summary from article at end of this post.  To get to various options, follow the tabs / screens.  Some links explain more detail as a reference.  This is a quick summary to make it more handy to run thru the settings for a new install, or a system which has not been adjusted.

Update sharing outside your house
Settings > Update & security > Advanced options > Choose how updates are delivered

Advertising ID
You can turn this off by going to Settings > Privacy > General > Let my apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps (turning this off will reset your ID).

Start menu ads:
Settings > Personalization > Start > Occasionally show suggestions in Start.

Notifications (select and turn some off)
Settings > System > Notifications & actions and turning off things like Show me tips about Windows

Cortana "getting to know you".  another privacy leak to the mothership.
Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing and clicking Stop getting to know me.

Review Background Apps:
Settings > Privacy > Background apps

Disable Lock screen (where prudent)
Lock Screen
Select which syncing you want
Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings. You can turn off all settings syncing

Visual effects in interface:
System > Advanced system settings. Under the Advanced tab, go to Performance and click Settings

Select update policy:
Settings->Updates and Security->Advanced Options  Automatic Updates

Original article 2016

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