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DoNotSpy10 4.0

Control Windows 10's privacy settings

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 08 April 2018
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Downloads To Date: 657
Developer: pXc-coding
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DoNotSpy10
Control Windows 10's privacy settings

DoNotSpy10 is a free tool which makes it easier to see, tweak and adjust many Windows 10 privacy and telemetry settings.

The program requires installation, unfortunately, and the free edition will by default install extra packages as well. Fortunately you can avoid these, just as long as you're paying attention, clear the relevant checkboxes, click "Skip", "Decline" or whatever else the installer requires.

The DoNotSpy10 interface is very straightforward. It displays 50+ settings in a single list, each with a checkbox. You can select or deselect any of these, and apply all your changes with a click.

If you're unsure what a setting means, clicking it displays a help message. That's a good idea in theory, but in practice many of these messages tell you little more than the original setting. Clicking "Disable App Notifications" tells you "this tweak disables all app notifications", for instance, while clicking "Disable Sensors" explains that "this tweak disables the Sensors features". Gee, thanks.

The program does at least try to highlight settings which probably shouldn't be changed, such as "Disable Automatic Windows Updates", by displaying them in red or orange. There aren't many of these, though, and although everything else is supposed to be displayed in green, they were blue on our test system.

What you can't do here is apply a group of settings all at once ("Default", "Turn the safe options off", "Turn everything on"), unlike some of the competition.

Once you've figured out what you want to do, clicking "Apply" enables optionally creating a restore point, before updating your system settings.

What's new in 4.0?

General: Added Support for the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (RS4)
Tweak added: Advertising: Disable Third Party Suggestions
Tweak added: Apps: Disable Access to Documents
Tweak added: Apps: Disable Access to File System
Tweak added: Apps: Disable Access to Pictures
Tweak added: Apps: Disable Access to Videos
Tweak added: Privacy: Disable Activity Feed
Tweak added: Privacy: Disable Publishing of User Activities
Tweak added: Privacy: Disable Upload of User Activities
Tweak added: Privacy: Disable Windows Spotlight
Tweak updated: Apps: Apps: Disable Access to Tasks
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Account Info
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Calendar
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Camera
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Contacts
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Email
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Location Info
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Messaging
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Microphone
Tweak updated: Apps: Disable Access to Phone Call History
Tweak updated: Updates: Disable Windows Update Sharing

Verdict:

PXc-coding gives easy access to lots of privacy settings, but there's little help on what these involve, and no easy way to apply a group of settings at once.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

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The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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