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Title: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on December 07, 2016, 09:44 AM
This thread is regarding how to disable or remove telemetry from Windows 10.
Hopefully other members can post their views and softwares to remove/disable telemetry.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on December 09, 2016, 09:40 AM
W10  telemetry remover:
List of other SW can be added by other members as well.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: humbert on December 09, 2016, 08:39 PM
Do Not Spy is also pretty good. A great deal of telemetry and spying can be eliminated in the settings and a few tweak using the Group Policy Editor, but with these apps you can do all this at once instead of spending an hour tweaking and tweaking. Even if you're on Windows Home and don't have a Group Policy Editor, making modifications in the registry will work the same way.

Destroy Windows Spying can also delete unwanted Metro programs, and can go as far as to delete all Metro apps except Cortana, which can be easily disabled.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on December 10, 2016, 01:18 AM
Destroy Windows Spying can also delete unwanted Metro programs, and can go as far as to delete all Metro apps except Cortana, which can be easily disabled.
I use all Metro apps like Groove Music (Faster than iTunes ), MSN apps and others.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Certvalue on August 20, 2017, 11:03 AM
i have some doubts on Windows 10 OS. Sometimes in my system it is supported showing some errors some time. Can you please let me know.

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Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: humbert on August 20, 2017, 08:54 PM
i have some doubts on Windows 10 OS. Sometimes in my system it is supported showing some errors some time. Can you please let me know.

I was reading that Windows 10S can only run metro apps. If so then it's garbage, there are very few metro apps that are worth anything. Is your system strong enough to handle Windows Home or Pro? If so then I suggest wiping the drive and installing that.

Since 10S won't do 3rd party apps, the most you can do is go into your settings and disable as much telemetry-related stuff as you possibly can. There's probably many more things you can disable by using the registry editor. You'll find them on Google.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on November 01, 2017, 01:52 AM
i have some doubts on Windows 10 OS. Sometimes in my system it is supported showing some errors some time. Can you please let me know.

I was reading that Windows 10S can only run metro apps. If so then it's garbage, there are very few metro apps that are worth anything. Is your system strong enough to handle Windows Home or Pro? If so then I suggest wiping the drive and installing that.

Since 10S won't do 3rd party apps, the most you can do is go into your settings and disable as much telemetry-related stuff as you possibly can. There's probably many more things you can disable by using the registry editor. You'll find them on Google.
Try this ISO of W10 FCU from Phoenix http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/windows-10-bloatware-free-edition.804247/
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
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Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: humbert on February 06, 2018, 10:33 PM
Vasu: On several occasions I believe you said you upgrade Windows 10 manually. How do you do that? On my lappie for some reason Windows update isn't working. Until I find a fix I want to keep it up to date.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on February 06, 2018, 11:09 PM
Vasu: On several occasions I believe you said you upgrade Windows 10 manually. How do you do that? On my lappie for some reason Windows update isn't working. Until I find a fix I want to keep it up to date.
Grab the iso from techbench adguard https://tb.rg-adguard.net/public.php
Mount and run setup.exe
OR I found Dism++ (https://www.chuyu.me/en/index.html) to be very versatile tool to fix your issue in one go.
Just check WinSxs cleanup, windows update log, Windows update install history and cache and just reboot. Your issue will be fixed. Make sure you create a system restore point before proceeding or even Macrium reflect Image backup for safety reason if you're paranoid about losing imp. files. Its safe though I have tried it w/o any issues.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: humbert on February 07, 2018, 09:30 PM
Grab the iso from techbench adguard https://tb.rg-adguard.net/public.php
Mount and run setup.exe
OR I found Dism++ (https://www.chuyu.me/en/index.html) to be very versatile tool to fix your issue in one go.
Just check WinSxs cleanup, windows update log, Windows update install history and cache and just reboot. Your issue will be fixed. Make sure you create a system restore point before proceeding or even Macrium reflect Image backup for safety reason if you're paranoid about losing imp. files. Its safe though I have tried it w/o any issues.

Thanks for the tip. I had no idea you could simply mount the ISO and reinstall without erasing your files. Is this how you update Windows? In any event it solved the problem. And thanks for DISM although I never had to use it.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on February 12, 2018, 02:13 AM
Grab the iso from techbench adguard https://tb.rg-adguard.net/public.php
Mount and run setup.exe
OR I found Dism++ (https://www.chuyu.me/en/index.html) to be very versatile tool to fix your issue in one go.
Just check WinSxs cleanup, windows update log, Windows update install history and cache and just reboot. Your issue will be fixed. Make sure you create a system restore point before proceeding or even Macrium reflect Image backup for safety reason if you're paranoid about losing imp. files. Its safe though I have tried it w/o any issues.

Thanks for the tip. I had no idea you could simply mount the ISO and reinstall without erasing your files. Is this how you update Windows? In any event it solved the problem. And thanks for DISM although I never had to use it.
Dism++ or Dism is a housekeeping utility for Win 10 to clean older files and Trim W10 Size after every update. After removing everything W10 is just faster and less bloated.
I never upgrade W10, just Clean install everything. I did upgrade only once to get W10 using W7/8.1 license.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: humbert on February 15, 2018, 10:54 PM
Dism++ or Dism is a housekeeping utility for Win 10 to clean older files and Trim W10 Size after every update. After removing everything W10 is just faster and less bloated.

Is it any better than simply using Ccleaner updated with the lastest winapp2.ini file? That's what I use (plus a registry cleaner) and my system runs great. I don't care what anybody says, Windows is notorious at leaving behind garbage and tons of useless registry keys. This is why I believe cleaning is an absolute necesity.

I never upgrade W10, just Clean install everything. I did upgrade only once to get W10 using W7/8.1 license.

You're going to have to make the jump to W10 sooner or later, and especially if you have a relatively new system. I don't procrastinate - I went with 10 and ironed out most of the annoyances.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on February 16, 2018, 09:05 AM
Dism++ or Dism is a housekeeping utility for Win 10 to clean older files and Trim W10 Size after every update. After removing everything W10 is just faster and less bloated.

Is it any better than simply using Ccleaner updated with the lastest winapp2.ini file? That's what I use (plus a registry cleaner) and my system runs great. I don't care what anybody says, Windows is notorious at leaving behind garbage and tons of useless registry keys. This is why I believe cleaning is an absolute necesity.

I never upgrade W10, just Clean install everything. I did upgrade only once to get W10 using W7/8.1 license.

You're going to have to make the jump to W10 sooner or later, and especially if you have a relatively new system. I don't procrastinate - I went with 10 and ironed out most of the annoyances.
I use CCleaner Slim(Trimmed Winapp2.ini), Bleachbit(w/ Winapp2.ini), Dism++, Storage sense to clean out the junk.
Yeah most PCs I have are on W10 Creators and newer version really needs SSD to get acceptable performance from Windows 10.  I have some older lappies with HDD and W10 FCU works like Horse crap.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: humbert on June 20, 2019, 09:34 PM
I use CCleaner Slim(Trimmed Winapp2.ini), Bleachbit(w/ Winapp2.ini), Dism++, Storage sense to clean out the junk.
Yeah most PCs I have are on W10 Creators and newer version really needs SSD to get acceptable performance from Windows 10.  I have some older lappies with HDD and W10 FCU works like Horse crap.

Does Dism++ clean out garbage that Ccleaner misses even with the lastest winapp2.ini file? Also, in Dism++ there's an orange line covering some items. What does that mean?
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on June 21, 2019, 11:57 AM
I use CCleaner Slim(Trimmed Winapp2.ini), Bleachbit(w/ Winapp2.ini), Dism++, Storage sense to clean out the junk.
Yeah most PCs I have are on W10 Creators and newer version really needs SSD to get acceptable performance from Windows 10.  I have some older lappies with HDD and W10 FCU works like Horse crap.

Does Dism++ clean out garbage that Ccleaner misses even with the lastest winapp2.ini file? Also, in Dism++ there's an orange line covering some items. What does that mean?
It means those are Expert mode features which are unsafe for basic users. if you just select what I said earlier (Sxs temps,sxs backups, etc..) which are pretty safe which your OS getting borked.
You can simply go to settings to uncheck Expert mode to revert to default state of Dism++.
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: humbert on June 25, 2019, 09:43 PM
It means those are Expert mode features which are unsafe for basic users. if you just select what I said earlier (Sxs temps,sxs backups, etc..) which are pretty safe which your OS getting borked.
You can simply go to settings to uncheck Expert mode to revert to default state of Dism++.

Is this what you do when you use Dism++ for cleaning?
Title: Re: Windows 10 Privacy Issues
Post by: Vasudev on June 26, 2019, 06:25 AM
It means those are Expert mode features which are unsafe for basic users. if you just select what I said earlier (Sxs temps,sxs backups, etc..) which are pretty safe which your OS getting borked.
You can simply go to settings to uncheck Expert mode to revert to default state of Dism++.

Is this what you do when you use Dism++ for cleaning?
Yes, same as always. The steps are same when you had W10 upgrade issues.