Seems that something in the O&O Shutup10 setting I was using and recommended to folks was making Win10 not find updates. We got it sorted out. I’ve adjusted the guide accordingly and I apologize if this caused anyone any issues. Continue reading »
Microsoft has released OPTIONAL updates for Windows 7 & 8.1 that address upgrade issues to Win10. Obviously, if you don’t want to upgrade to Win10 you don’t need them. Recommend you hide it too. Continue reading »
I had done a few clean installs on my main rig but was waiting for TH2 for my “final”. This PC had previously been a dual-boot Windows 8.1 / Window 7 PC. I had upgraded 8.1 to Win 10. Continue reading »
Authors note: This story appeared all over the web overnight. As near as I can figure Ed Bott is the original source. “Journalists” often don’t source or barely source their information anymore. Many of them choose to just rewrite the original article without adding anything and post it as their own work. Disgusting.
Windows 10 Privacy Settings Page 1 – Intro, Windows Insider Program, Use A Local Account Page 2 – Windows 10 Built-In Privacy Settings Page 3 – Telemetry, Cortana Page 4 – Wi-Fi Sense, Update & Security Page 5 – Windows Defender, Services, Microsoft Browsers Page 6 – Apps To Tweak Privacy Settings
Windows 10 does a lot of communicating with Microsoft servers. Many people find this to be somewhere between an annoyance to an outright invasion of privacy. Some folks suspect it’s even worse than that. For its part, Microsoft steadfastly insists that they do not invade your privacy, that any information sent back to Microsoft is “anonymous”, and that it is for your own good. I will leave it up to you to decide.
This section will show you your privacy options, the settings I use, and 3rd party apps that can help you configure your settings.
It should be noted that turning off some settings can hamper the ability of some built-in and Microsoft Store apps to function properly. Since I don’t use these things I haven’t run into a single issue.
Windows Insider Program
This is a neat program for those that want updates before everyone else or Geeks that live on the bleeding edge. It also sends the maximum amount of data back to Microsoft. If privacy is a concern, then don’t use this.
Description from update: “Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.“
I still do computer work as a side job. One of my pet peeves is seeing stuff stored on the desktop. I’m not talking a couple of files for a few days, I’m talking docs, pics, pdfs, mp3s, videos, etc. I see dozens and dozens flooding the desktop. It’s chaotic and ugly. It makes backups harder too. Need to use System Restore? All the files on your desktop will be gone! Put your stuff in the folders they belong in!