Securing and Optimizing Windows 10

Security has been a concern since the first day Windows 10 was launched. Microsoft reports lots of information about you back to itself. They are trying to keep up with Google in the data collection space. So they made Windows 10 into a giant piece of spyware and launched it for free. Additionally Microsoft loads lots of bloatware on all Windows 10 installations.

I recommend running regular security apps but also it is important to lock down Windows 10 (and lock out Microsoft). Below are the steps to remove excess Win 10 apps and secure your computer from Microsoft’s spyware:

 

FIRST – Remove Bloatware:
Remove excess Win 10 apps with this script by running it in powershell. The script is written to keep store and calculator. Other apps can be added to the exception list. Microsoft will not allow an uninstall of certain apps and for that I use ccleaner. This the powershell script to quickly remove lots of Win 10 bloatware:

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage | where {$_.Name -notlike “*Store*|*calculator*”}

Also Ccleaner can help removes Windows 10 apps. I’ve never had issues with Ccleaner but some have reported issues with Windows after running ccleaner.

For more information on removing Windows 10 apps visit: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4689-apps-uninstall-windows-10-a.html#option4

 

SECOND – Disable Telemetry, Cortana and Contact Support:
Secure Windows 10 – Disable Telemetry (this is prevent certain info going back to Microsoft and improve OS load times):
Step 1: Settings -> Privacy, I turn everything, in every category, off.

Step 2: In Settings -> Privacy, Microsoft limits control over Feedback & Diagnostics, not allowing you to totally turn it off. To turn off run gpedit.msc and go to:

Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Data Collection and Preview Builds> Allow Telemetry

Set to Disable. (at one time there was an option 4, disable which has since been removed by Microsoft)

If you are a Win 10 home user, then:

A. Open Registry Editor. (run regedit)
B. Go to the following Registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection

Note: If you do not have this Registry key, then you can just create it.

C. Ceate a new a 32-bit DWORD value with the name AllowTelemetry and set it to 0.

 

Secure Windows 10 – Remove Contact Support From Windows 10 and the Start Menu:

http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-uninstall-and-remove-contact-support-in-windows-10/

 

Secure Windows 10 – Remove Cortana:

A. For Windows 10 Pro users; run gpedit.msc and navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search. Locate the “Allow Cortana” setting in the right pane and double-click it. Set to Disable and click OK. Restart for this change to take effect.

B. For Windows 10 Home users; run regedit and go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search. Create a wew > DWORD (32-bit) Value and calle the value “AllowCortana”. Double-click it and set the value to “0”. Reboot for this change to take effect.

 

Disclaimer: running gpedit.msc and regedit makes substantial changes to your computer. Do at your own risk and we take no responsibility for your actions or the outcome on your computer.

 

mpasatieri posted at 2016-9-24 Category: General News, OS