Disable Privacy Settings in Windows 10

For my first post, in my actual fully-functional blog, I wanted to post one of my more popular videos (although popularity is still difficult to determine) and explain how to disable privacy settings in Windows 10. More specifically, where to find the privacy settings and how to disable both the popup feedback questionnaires in Windows 10 as well as limiting data collection.

I have a step-by-step list following, however, if you prefer to watch me walk through, here’s the video:

Process Steps

This steps begin from the Windows 10 desktop.

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Click “Settings”
  3. Click “Privacy”
  4. Click “Feedback & Diagnostics” in the left pane (towards the bottom)
  5. Option: Feedback frequency / Windows should ask for my feedback
    • Never – my recommendation
    • Automatically – Microsoft’s recommendation
    • Other Options: Always, Once a day, once a week
  6. Option: Diagnostic and usage data / Send your data to microsoft
    • Basic – my recommendation
      The basic information only includes the application that crashed, the error code and other non-identifiable information that can help trace down the crash and help to develop updates meant to fix the crash, if possible
    • Enhanced
      This option sends everything that Basic sends, but also sends statistics on your usage such as which apps you use, how long you typically use them, and basic memory states (without any identifiable information, as per their website).
    • Full – Microsoft’s recommendation
      Not only is this option selected by default, but it also sends a lot more information that just the Basic and Enhanced. This option sends system files and/or memory snapshots which can be used to entirely trace down the issue, however, it may include information you personally don’t want sent over the internet. Depending on what applications you had running at the time of crash, it could include information such as your banking details, personal and identifiable information, social security numbers, account logins and passwords, and much more.
  7. Close the settings window

That’s it, your privacy settings are configured to exactly how you want them. Now, unfortunately, Windows doesn’t provide the option to never send diagnostic and usage data, which would be ideal, but (as a programmer) it is nice to receive thorough enough bug reports, which is what is sent with Basic, to provide quicker and more efficient fixes and patches.

Keep an eye out for more information I may post in the near future! 🙂

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