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Windows 10 is a free upgrade to current Microsoft customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.  I love Windows 10.  It’s a great windows 10 data collectionblend of Windows 7/8 and offers some big improvements for gamers (I’m a huge pc gamer).  The one thing I don’t love is the all “spying” or data collection capabilities of Windows 10.  I do realize they’re giving us this free upgrade and the “free” part is supplemented via the data collection aspects of the operating system.

If you’d like to turn off the data collection capabilities of Windows 10 here’s how.

First let’s start with the Privacy settings:

  1. Click Start (the Windows icon at the bottom lower left)
  2. Click the Privacy.  In Privacy you have the option of turning off certain data collection features.  You can turn off all of them or choose which to turn off.
  3. Click General (on the left)
  4. Turn off the following items in General:
    • Turn off (slide left) – Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps
    • Turn off (slide left) – Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future
    • Turn off (slide left) – Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list
  5. Click Location on left:
    • Turn off (slide left) – Location
    • Click the Clear Button to Clear history on this device
  6. Click Camera:
    • Turn off (slide left) – Let apps use my camera
  7. Click Microphone:
    • Turn off (slide left) – Let apps use my microphone
  8. Click Speech, inking, & typing
    • Click Stop getting to know me
  9. Click Account Info
    • Turn off (slide left) – Let apps access my name, picture, and other account info
  10. Click Messaging
    • Turn off (slide left) – Let apps read or send messages (text or MMS)
  11. Click Feedback & diagnostics
    • Click Windows should ask for my feedback and set it to Never
    • Under Diagnostic and usage data click Full (recommended) and set it Basic
  12. Click Background apps on the left and turn off any background apps that you don’t want to run in the background.

If you want to disable ALL data collection the follow the steps below:

  1. Look down at the task bar, right next to the Windows Start Button.  In the Search the web and windows box type services.msc.  Press enter and then OK.
  2. Scroll down to the service Diagnostics Tracking Service.  Double click it.  On the Startup type click Automatic and set it to disabled.  Click Apply.  Click Ok.
  3. Next we’re going to disable the service dmwappushsvc.  Double click it.  On the Startup type click Automatic and set it to disabled.  Click Apply.  Click Ok.
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