Even before Windows 10 first became available back in 2015, concerns about privacy and the operating system have gotten play on different tech sites and in forum comments. Initially, it seemed as if Microsoft avoided addressing those concerns and stayed quiet, choosing not to get specific about privacy on their new OS. This, of course, ramped up users’ concerns and it was up to Microsoft to work on addressing those concerns. That resulted in Microsoft creating a new, extensive privacy portal that contained a statement from CEO Satya Nadella, as well as information about the data Microsoft collects. Microsoft’s privacy approach is based on six principles as laid out by Satya Nadella in his letter about privacy: Control – We will put you in control of your privacy with easy-to-use tools and clear choices. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Windows 10 comes with a couple of features built into the operating system that lets you easily install a fresh clean copy of Windows 10 to remove OEM clutter or to simply reset your current installation to resolve ongoing system issues. I previously shared with you details about the Refresh Tool for Windows 10, which downloads clean install media for your Windows 10 system, then installs a clean copy of Windows 10 without the extra OEM software and settings overlays — you know, things that can clutter up a Windows system straight out of the box. This week, I want to tell you about the other option that comes in Windows 10 called Reset this PC. This option is similar to the Refresh Tool, except it uses the installation media provided by your device manufacturer, which is normally stored on a recovery partition on your system, and it will also contain all of those OEM programs and other helper tools that are typical on most OEM systems. Call it clutter, bloatware, or junk but it is integrated into the recovery media so it gets reinstalled each and every time you reset your system back to its original out of the … Read More
Move over, Internet Explorer: Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows Ten-town. Although IE is still around — the shortcut is buried in the Start menu under Windows Accessories — Microsoft clearly wants Windows 10 users to adopt Edge as their favorite new browser. After all these years, Internet Explorer has grown long in the tooth, especially compared with rival browsers such as Google Chrome. Edge is a more streamlined browser, one that dispenses with the menu bar, favorites list, and other items that clutter up the screen. But as the new kid on the block, Edge might feel alien to longtime Windows and IE users. The lack of toolbars and other familiar features can be off-putting. In some ways, Edge is also a work in progress. Whereas IE supports virtually all types of extensions and add-ons, Edge currently handles only a select few. You can still install and use Firefox and Chrome in Windows 10. However, you may just want to give Edge a whirl to see if you like it or at least can grow comfortable with it. And one way of getting comfortable is by tweaking the browser with your favorite features and options so it works the … Read More
At my office, I’ve been rolling out Windows 10 machines to replace our older Windows 7 models. In installing these Windows 10 machines, I’ve found several tweaks and adjustments that make my machines behave more nicely and ensure I’m not bothered by apps I don’t want or need. As I’ve said before, the key thing anyone running Windows 10 Home version needs to do is upgrade to Windows 10Professional. This is the easiest step of this process. Of course, you need to purchase a Windows 10 Professional license if your machine came with Windows 10 Home version. This can be easily done from inside the system section of your Windows 10 Home machine: Merely scroll to the about section, click on change product key or upgrade your edition of Windows, and launch the wizard to upgrade to Windows 10Professional. It will take a bit of time to upgrade the computer to the professional version, and it requires a reboot. Once you have upgraded to the professional version, there are a few patching changes I’ll urge you to make. First up: Go into Settings: Update and Security, and then click on Advanced options. In this section, choose to defer feature upgrades so that … Read More
For years, a basic tenet of computing security has been to set up two accounts on all Windows systems; one an administrator-level account that provides full rights to a system and system management, and the other a standard user account that has fewer privileges. In Windows 10, you can still set up a second “standard” account for better security (limiting what malware might do on your system), but the operating system’s use of MS and local accounts makes the process more complicated. Here’s how it works.
Microsoft just threw a big press event in New York today, and it might make Apple users nostalgic for Mac’s golden days. The presentation gave a detailed roadmap for the next Windows 10 release and then showed off some stunning new hardware.
More so than any previous version of Windows, Win10 is an evolving operating system. Each new update brings forth new features and user-interface changes. And that’s especially the case with the Anniversary Update.
Here’s what you should know about the changes in Win10’s Wi-Fi settings, plus how to review and manage a bit of what Microsoft knows about you.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU) has many worthy enhancements — such as scheduled updating and reboots — but some the changes can be simply annoying. For example, Microsoft has made Cortana a hard-to-remove fixture in Version 1607, and other native apps are hard to remove. But there are ways to do so — and make other customizations to the Win10 desktop. Some of these changes work with both Win10 1511 and Win10 AU.
Microsoft made Windows 10 Version 1607 (aka the Anniversary Update or AU) available this past Aug. 2. But, over four weeks later, the upgrade hasn’t shown up in Windows Update on any of the Win10 systems at my office and home.
In my Aug. 4 Field Notes column, I stated that it was good that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update was rolling out over several weeks. Based on feedback from readers in the Windows Secrets Lounge, the update went well for some but certainly not all. If you like the latest thing, upgrading to Win10 1607 right now might be a case of “Be careful what you wish for.”