O&O ShutUp10 is a tiny portable tool which makes it easy to tweak Windows 10's many privacy settings.
Launching the program displays almost 50 options, organised into various categories: Security (telemetry, wifi sense, DRM), Privacy (Cortana, input personalisation, app permissions), Windows Update (disable peer-to-peer updates, disable automatic updates) and more. These aren't always clearly described, but clicking any item displays more details on what it does.
There are options to disable only the worst offenders (turn off telemetry, peer-to-peer updates, keep Windows Update and SmartScreen), turn off everything, or tweak individual settings.
ShutUp10 offers to create a system restore point before it makes any changes, useful if your tweaking breaks something important and you need an "undo".
There's also a separate option to restore Windows 10's default privacy settings, which might also be handy if they're generally messed up and you'd like to start again.
- New Category “Microsoft Edge”
– Disable websites saving protected media licenses on my device
– Disable SmartScreen Filter
– Disable Flip Ahead
– Disable Tracking in web
– Disable suggestions for searches and websites
– Do not optimize web search results on the task bar for vocal output
- Downgrading the following settings to “critical” because some users had problems logging into Windows when the setting was enabled
– Don’t show last user on the lock screen
– Fade-out ID of the logged-in user on the lock screen
- Available in German, English, French, Italian, and Russian
– Language will be automatically selected based on settings in Windows
- Minor bug fixes