I’m going to show you how I upgraded to Windows 10 and kept my Windows 7 install. I alluded to this method earlier. Although not tested this should work for Windows 8.1 too.
I searched the Windows 10 EULA and I can find nothing that restricts this but I’m not a lawyer either. Continue reading »
Yeah, I know Win10 fires up a lots of services. Lots of folks are in a hurry to disable services. I get it. Back in the Windows XP days this could make a big difference. With todays wicked fast PCs and Win10s fantastic memory management, this is no longer the case. Continue reading »
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.
As an old network guy, “TweakHound don’t do no Homegroup”. My home network is a mixed mess of Windows 7, openSUSE, Linux Mint, and Win10. These all interact via a standard Windows workgroup.
I’ve found Windows 10 workgroup networking to be a little wonky (to be kind).
Here are a few tips that have made my home networking easier: Continue reading »
I get a few emails a month about dual / multi-booting, hosed bootloaders, “my X hardware doesn’t work with Z operating system”, “my X program doesn’t work with Z operating system”, etc. While I certainly understand there are folks who want direct OS/hardware interaction I believe far too many people choose to dual-boot when they don’t have to.Continue reading »
This cleanup method will create a cleanup task that you can run whenever you like. It differs from the disk cleanup utility found in your menu or search (cleanmgr) in that it has far more options. Continue reading »