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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 01:31

How to turn off Windows 10’s requests for your data


Windows 8 wanted access to various bits of your data, and Windows 10 wants even more, so how do you turn this off?

If you’ve ever set up Windows 8, 8.1 or now Windows 10, you come across a screen wants to know if you want to set up your computer with ‘Express settings’, or if you want to customise them.

If you choose to customise those settings, you can turn off personalisation, so that Microsoft won’t ‘personalise your speech, typing and inking input by sending contacts and calendar details, along with other associated input data to Microsoft’.

You can turn off the ability for Windows 10 to ‘send typing and inking data to Microsoft to improve the recognition and suggestion platform.’

You can turn off Windows 10’s ability to ‘let apps use your advertising ID for experiences across apps.’

You can also turn off Windows 10’s ability for Windows and apps to request your location and location history.

On the next page of settings, you can turn off Windows 10’s ability to use ‘Smartscreen’ to ‘protect against malicious content and downloads in sites loaded but Windows browsers and Store apps,’ as well as turning off ‘page prediction’ which pre-loads pages in your browser.

Turning off Windows 10’s ability to ‘automatically connect to suggested open hotspots’ is also wise, especially given Microsoft’s warning that ‘not all networks are secure.’

There are more things you can turn off, too - including secret settings that are a bit more hidden.

All of these things can also be turned off after you have installed Windows 10 - which is good to know if you’ve already installed it and didn’t turn these things off.

Windows 8 and 8.1 has many (but not all) of the same settings switched on, and these can also be turned off at any time.

Slate Magazine has all the details on the switches you want to turn off, and why, so for more information, and to see various images and an easy guide on what to do, please click here.


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