Windows 10 – Tips & Tricks

Initially published on August 5th, 2015 but updated on August 11th, 2015.

Although Microsoft Edge which was previously codenamed Project Spartan should be faster, safer, user and developer-friendly, you may consider navigating with Internet Explorer as long as some missing features have not been implemented.

  1. With Administrator privileges, go to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer” to create one new shortcut on :

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -private http://www.google.com"
  2. Right Click on this brand new shortcut then pin it to the home page

lusrmgr.msc (local user manager group) is the Microsoft System Console (MSC) used to manage accounts and groups.

  1. Go to Group then select the one you would like to assign to an account (e.g., Administrators) by double-clicking on it.
  2. Add the selected account then confirm.

  1. Open the “Start Menu” and select “Settings”, then click “Updates & Security”,
  2. Make sure “Windows Update” is selected in the left-hand navigation pane, then click “Advanced Options” in the main pane,
  3. Choose “how updates are delivered”,
  4. Using the options on this page, you can disable P2P updates completely and rely on Microsoft’s servers.

source: Brad Chacos

Once the system has been installed:

  1. Change Privacy Options: Open the “Start Menu” and select “Settings”, then click “Privacy” and disable everything, unless there are some things you really need including:
    • Let’s apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps,
    • Turn on SmartScreen Filter to check web content (URLs) that Windows Store Apps use,
    • Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future,
    • Let website provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list,
    • Open left-hand navigation pane “Location” then switch it off,
    • Turn-off Speech, inking and typing,
    • Never send any feedback to Microsoft and minimize diagnostic to basic (except for Windows Insider)
    • Switch-off all other options (camera, microphone, account, calendar…) as per your convenience.
  2. Go back to “Settings”, then if not already done, disable P2P updates (see Q3),
  3. Click on “Windows Defender” in the left-hand navigation pane and turn off “Cloud based Protection” and “Sample submission”,
  4. Go back to “Settings” and select “Network and Internet”, then “Manage WI-FI Settings” to finally turn off both switches. This will disable Wi-Fi Sense,
  5. Click on the “Search bar” (on the right side of the “Start Menu”), select “Settings” then disable both options. This will limit Cortana accesses.
  6. Create a local account if your are not already doing it and disable the account synchronization.
  7. Finally, disable Telemetry (see Q5).

Open a command prompt as Administrator then enter the following commands which will set the diagnostic option to basis for everyone incl. Windows Insider Accounts and disable both “Diagnostics Tracking Service” and “dmwappushsvc” :

sc delete DiagTrack
sc delete dmwappushservice
echo "" > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection" /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Restart your workstation.

Open a command prompt as Administrator :

Get-AppxPackage -User [USER_NAME]
Remove-AppxPackage [PACKAGE_FULL_NAME]

source: Korben


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