Windows 10 Privacy SettingsArticle ID = 191
Article Title = Windows 10 Privacy Settings
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 24th July 2019
Article Last Updated = 31st March 2021
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?191
Article Brief Description:
How to configure basic Windows 10 privacy settings and options
Privacy Settings And Recommendations for (virtualising) Windows 10This article is meant as a primer for basic privacy settings that you might want to review/set as desired. Please note that with Windows 10 (unless you're running the Enterprise version) you cannot switch off all telemetry back to Microsoft. Microsoft, also, often change where privacy settings can be found from one update to another. This article is only a primer, a starting point and there may be other more in-depth/technical articles out there on the internet. We've put this article together as we feel it will be useful as a starting point for Mac users that may virtualise Windows for one or two applications that they cannot run on macOS.
This article was written using Windows 10 Pro version 1803
Windows 10 EnterpriseMicrosoft allows Enterprise users to manage connections from Windows operating system components to Microsoft services.
Windows 10Go to Windows/Start menu > Settings >
- System > Notifications & actions > turn OFF "Show me the Windows welcome experience after updates and occasionally when I sign in, to highlight what's new and suggested"
- System > Notifications & actions > turn OFF "Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows"
- System > Notifications & actions > turn OFF "Get notifications from apps and other senders"
- System > Focus assist > turn OFF
- System > Storage > Storage sense > turn OFF
- System > Multi-tasking > Timeline > turn OFF "Show suggestions occasionally in Timeline
- System > Projecting to this PC > set to "Always Off"
- System > Shared Experiences > remove accounts and turn OFF "Share across devices"
- System > Remote Desktop > turn OFF
- Devices > Typing > Typing > turn OFF "Show text suggestions as I type on the software keyboard"
- Devices > Typing > Hardware keyboard > turn OFF "Show text suggestions as I type"
- Devices > Typing > Multilingual text prediction > turn OFF
- Devices > Pen & Windows Ink > Windows Ink Workspace > UNTICK "Show recommended app suggestions"
- Devices > AutoPlay > turn OFF
- Network & Internet > Status > Sharing Options > for all networks (Private, Guest or Public) set "Turn off network discovery" + "Turn off file and printer sharing"
- Personalisation > Start > turn OFF "Show suggestions occasionally in Start
- Apps > Offline maps > Map updates > turn OFF "Automatically update maps"
- Accounts > Your info > do not use a Microsoft account and use "Sign in with a local account instead"
- Accounts > Sign-in options > do not use "Windows Hello"
- Accounts > Sync your settings > turn everything OFF
- Time & Language > Date & time > turn everything OFF
- Gaming > Game bar > turn OFF
- Gaming > Game DVR > turn everything OFF
- Gaming > Game Broadcasting > turn everything OFF
- Gaming > TruePlay > turn OFF
- Ease of Access > Interaction > Speech > Dictate text and control your device using only your voice > turn OFF "Speech Recognition"
- Cortana > Talk to Cortana > turn everything OFF
- Cortana > Permissions & History > turn everything OFF
- Cortana > Cortana across my devices > turn everything OFF
- Privacy > General > turn everything OFF
- Privacy > Speech, inking & typing > turn OFF
- Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback > set to "Basic" and turn everything else OFF
- Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback > Feedback frequency > Windows should ask for my feedback > set to "Never"
- Privacy > Activity history > turn everything OFF
- Privacy > Location > turn everything OFF, set a Default location, clear Location history
- Privacy > App permissions > set as required but specifically:
- Other devices > Communicate with unpaired devices > turn OFF
- Background apps > Let apps run in the background > turn OFF
- App diagnostics > Let apps access diagnostic information > turn OFF
- Update & Security > Windows Update > consider the trade-off of automatic security updates versus Windows Update communication with Microsoft
- Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > configure as required
- Update & Security > Windows Security > Open Windows Defender Security Centre > consider the trade-off of automatic security updates versus Windows Defender communication with Microsoft
- Update & Security > Find my device > turn OFF