Disabling Windows 10 Spying on you

This is not my video, but he goes into much greater depth than I want to type, so give it a look. If you use Windows 10 this is very important info. I also put the link to the program he used to automate the removal.



Nevermind the fact that everyone who does not use 10, but has automatic updates enabled will update to W10 automatically. And the files for it are on people’s HDD already.

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yep, 5 GB of pre-loaded Windows 10.

The best way to stop them spying on you is pulling out your internet! :wink:

Oh no Microsoft is collecting your data… just like nearly all companies do.

7 and 8/8.1 have the same data collecting, it isn’t a big deal.

There are better things from Windows 10 to complain about, just eat your DX12 cereal and be happy.

If you don’t like a thread, don’t post in it.

(Sorry for being off topic.)

When all else fails. Install Ubuntu.


i stop them too, as best i can. And I DO run linux. Windows 8 is a walled garden, on its own hard drive, only used for games.

Hah, nice.

What Linux do you run?

On a more constructive note, it’s actually important people understand what is at play here.

Windows 10 does not “spy” on you in any way that any other operating system doesn’t. MacOS does similar things. Anything branched from Ubuntu will (depending on relation to the Canonical). Your mobile phones when turned on will tell your carrier more information about your day-to-day activities and data usage than anything installed on your computer.

This is something that was suggested by the media given how easy it is to rag on Microsoft (and don’t get me wrong, understandably so - they’ve made plenty of mistakes in the past) compared to any other company. Commercial / mainstream media is driven by profits, and profits are guaranteed by newspapers being sold, and in the case of the Internet, page hits / clicks. Making an article about Microsoft doing something Dumb™ will inevitably draw in more hits than complaining about a specific distro of Linux doing something similar. The same goes for EA, or Ubisoft, vs. pretty much anything other developer or publisher in existence. Popular controversy sells better than targets the consumer base has never heard of.


Windows 10 can and does report to Microsoft about various levels of statistics, most of which can be turned off. Windows 8 had a similar set of software, Windows 7 had a similar set of software, and the origins of this in modern terms started I think with Vista when they started to really work on the kernel architecture.

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft made the mistake (?!) of making this obvious to the user. This also comes with a new suite of services and reporting strategies that consolidate the Windows platform, cross-platform (so, XBox One, etc). Newer stuff that does the same stuff as older stuff.

Some of the optional stuff you’ll never need, and you can disable during the installation process. Marketing ID, sharing information with partners, etc. You can disable all of this. Microsoft have also patched Windows 10 to make these options cleaner and more easily-available.

There is only one part of the “surveillance” that you can’t disable, and that’s because it counts as basic metrics that Microsoft use to inform themselves of what updates you need through Windows Update. Even then I think there’s a way to turn this off, but it has side-effects wrt. Windows Update (as in, it can break it).

We live in a connected age of cloud-distributed updates and services. Microsoft is doing no different to Valve, Apple, EA, Cisco, , BT, Sky, and so on, and so forth.

Do you have the right to be concerned about how much data is being collected? Absolutely. But you can turn most of it off, and it isn’t accurate to call it “spying”. If there is ever a direct threat to someone’s well-being or private data, I’d be one of the first to shout about that, too.

Let’s stop the fearmongering, please. Let’s spread information and awareness, instead of pessimism and worry.


Interesting and well written post @Gorbles. If you wouldn’t mind though, I’d like to summarize it for many users.

Ahem… Ahem…

Windows isn’t looking in to your porn folder gentlemen, your naughtiness is safe.



You only have one? I like to be organized

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Name all of them the same thing. Shuffle them up. Open them at random.

Kinder surprise of smut.

A “Kinker Surprise” so to say.

(I’ll stop the puns now.)

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This thread took a turn.

I am pleased.

I have a lot of friends in real life that like to complain about privacy issues while they facebook on their android device…


3 PM Facebook post.

“Facebook is giving our info out to COMPANIES?!”

5 PM Facebook posts.


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That is not exactly true. Since Amazon is disabled by default in newer versions of Ubuntu. That’s why I uninstall it (Not for privacy reasons. Just because I don’t use it.)

It’s true that it happened. Canonical changed it - but the only reason I somewhat trust them is because people can look at he code and see what’s going on, just as was done to find it to begin with.

The point is you need to pay attention and not just trust any Linux distro just because it’s Linux. It HAS happened, and it WILL happen again.

well written @Gorbles. However:
I disabled all “phoning home” in windows xp, 7, and 8 as well. I know its not a new thing. And I use linux mint, technically. It doesn’t much resemble it anymore, with everything I’ve done to it.
I run a custom rom on my phone, rooted. But as someone said, you expect it on you phone. its not like a desktop. My desktop is a safe haven, with all my work on it. You don’t put things on a phone you want the world to know. Like facebook. That said, I have a ■■■■ ton of anti-spy software on it.