Removing Unwanted Bloatware
As we all know, windows 10 comes with a lot of bloatware. Here are a few tools that will help you take the bloatware off your new PC.
PC Decrapifier is a great tool: https://www.pcdecrapifier.com/
Revo Uninstaller is another great tool that will help you out: http://www.revouninstaller.com/start_freeware_download.html
PowerShell: Get-AppxPackage -allusers | Remove-AppxPackage
There are some setting in Windows 10 that need to be changed so that maxim privacy is assured.
Shut Up Windows 10 a great must have tool : https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10
Before going through all of the next part, Shut Up 10 does the following for you. This is just in case you wanted to know more technical information.
Disable “Telemetry” –
Start > Run > Services.msc
Find, stop and disable:
Open an elevated command prompt and copy and paste these lines:
echo. >%programdata%\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl cacls.exe "%programdata%\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl" /d SYSTEM
Disable Onedrive –
To disable OneDrive to prevent it from showing up in File Explorer (requires W10 Pro): search > gpedit.msc > computer configuration > administrative templates > all settings > double-click “prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage” > click “enabled” > click OK. Change will be applied the next time you open File Explorer or maybe reboot
Wi-Fi Sense –
What it is: Wifi-sharing via your private wifi passphrase, shared to anyone that is your friend on facebook, skype, or anyone you have added in your address book.
Why you should disable it/remove it: beside the obvious security risks in making your personal home wifi open to anyone, your ISP may consider this a breach of TOS and then you in a lot more trouble.
How: open the Start menu and head to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi settings. In here, you basically want to disable every option you see, as well as tell Windows 10 to forget any Wi-Fi networks you’ve signed into in the past.
you also need to dive into your actual router’s settings and give your network a new name with “_optout” at the end. For example, a network called “WiFiSenseUgh_optout” wouldn’t be stored by Wi-Fi Sense, while one that’s just called “WiFiSenseUgh” would be usable with Microsoft’s sharing feature.
- add TakeOwn to the context menu or (use takeown from the command line).
- Navigate to C:\Windows
- Create folder SystemApps.bak
- Use Takeown to gain ownership of
- (gain ownership of anything else you want to move)
- Cut/Paste the folder(s) from SystemApps to SystemApps.bak
- When the “Permissions” pop-up appears… switch to Taskmanager
- Kill SearchUI.exe process
- Switch back and give permission to move the folder.
The folder is now in SystemsApps.bak – and you can simply move it back if the need arises.
First disable it, then uninstall the Cortana app.
Disable it in the search settings:
1> Click the search icon/box in the bottom left 2> click the gear on the left bar 3> Click off next to Cortana/Web Searches