|Posted on August 27, 2015 at 5:20 AM|
Windows Updates to Hide to Avoid Telemetry or Windows 10 Upgrade
Posted by: Timothy Tibbetts on 08/23/2015 09:53 AM
Here are the main gripes about Windows 10:
1) It shares your personal information by default. Windows sends Microsoft everything you say to Cortana. It also collects your name and nickname, your recent calendar events, the names of the people in your appointments, and information about your contacts. You can turn it off, but it will take 13 privacy screens to do so.
2) It borrows bandwidth from your personal internet connection. It's a feature called Windows Update Delivery Optimization, and it's actually a potentially brilliant way to help Windows 10 users update their PCs faster by connecting to millions of different people instead of just Microsoft. But Microsoft isn't upfront with customers about it. To turn it off, you'll have to navigate to a submenu ("Choose how updates are delivered") of a submenu ("Advanced options") within the settings app.
3) It can share your wireless password with your friends. It is a new feature call WiFi Sense. Microsoft enables WiFi sense by default on Windows 10, it doesn't share your networks by default -- you have to choose to do that.
4) Even if you disable data sharing, it will still send info to Microsoft. Even if you disable Cortana and bing searches, typing anything in the start menu will send info to Microsoft.
5) It can scan for counterfeit games. "We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices."
There’s been a lot of discussion about Telemetry in Windows as well as avoiding the Windows 10 upgrade. Here is the list of service bulletins we compiled and what they do. It should be noted that even when not installed, they may appear again so this will require some effort on your part. Most people will simply not bother with this but it's great information for any tech to have at their disposal or simply for research purposes.
If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.
Thanks Matrix Leader for putting together this list of service bulletins.
Here is a list of applications that prevents Windows 10 spying on you:
Please be advised that you use the above software at your own risk!