[TWEAK] Unwanted Windows 10 Features
Windows 10 comes with a myriad of new features in the core operating system and in standalone apps bundled with it. They can make Win10 confusing for some users; others are leery of features and apps that seem to invade privacy. If you don’t want a feature or app, you can get rid of it in most cases, but not all. Here are some things that many users don’t want and how to get rid of them...
Removing or Disabling Unwanted Win10 Features
Cortana is either a helpful voice-enabled artificial intelligence assistant or an annoying busybody that listens to everything you say. Here's how to disable Cortana, if you like. Click the Start button, type Cortana, and press Enter. Click the Notebook icon in its left-hand options pane (if it's not already selected), then select Settings from the list. Slide the slider control under “Cortana can give you suggestions…” all the way left to “Off.” Now Cortana is disabled, and all locally stored data she collected about your computing habits is deleted.
The Edge browser is Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer, and the default browser when you first run Windows 10. It cannot be uninstalled, but you can use another browser as your default. Just download Google Chrome or Firefox, open the browser, and find the “make default” button. In Chrome, it’s near the bottom of the Settings main page. In Firefox, it’s on the General tab of the Options page. Open either Settings or Options by clicking the “three bars” icon at the top of your browser’s main screen.
Windows Defender is Microsoft's built-in anti-virus protection for Windows 8 and 10. It's essentially the same as the Microsoft Security Essentials tool that was available for Windows XP, Vista and 7. Third-party lab tests have found that regardless of the name, it's inferior to almost every other Internet security software available. And with so many free alternatives that do a better job of protecting you, it makes sense to turn off Defender, and leave the defending to one of the free antivirus alternatives that I recommend. Doing so will disable Defender.
OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 to facilitate online file storage and collaboration. Storing your files in "the cloud" with Microsoft OneDrive can make life easier if you have more than one computer, if you travel, or if you want to share files with other people. But if you use a different cloud storage tool (such as Google Drive) or you have no interest in cloud storage, you can disable the OneDrive feature in Windows 10. See this guide from Microsoft to Turn off or uninstall OneDrive.
Some apps can be uninstalled easily; by “apps” I mean nagware like “Get Office,” “Get Skype,” and even the “Get Started” tutorial. “Phone Companion,” Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Money, News, and Sports are uninstallable apps, too. So are most bloatware apps installed by your computer’s maker. Just right-click on the app in the “All Apps” view of the Start menu, then select “uninstall” from the dropdown menu.
Turn it Off...
Some Microsoft apps cannot be uninstalled this way. Fortunately, these stubborn apps can be removed with Powershell, a scripting utility built into Windows 10. Launch Powershell by typing “powershell” in the Start menu search box, right-click on the Powershell item that appears at the top of Start, and click “run as administrator” on the dropdown menu. Then copy and paste one or more of the following command lines (shown in bold below) into Powershell’s command-line window and press Enter.
3D Builder: Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Alarms and Clock: Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Calculator: Get-AppxPackage *windowscalculator* | Remove-AppxPackage
Calendar and Mail: Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Camera: Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
Bing Weather: Get-AppxPackage *bing* | Remove-AppxPackage
Voice Recorder: Get-AppxPackage *soundrecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Xbox: Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Telemetry is one more thing in Windows 10 that many users would like to eliminate. In a nutshell, telemetry is the transmission of data about your uses of Windows 10 to Microsoft. A lot of misinformation and FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) surrounds telemetry, but suffice it to say that no personally identifiable information is being sent to Microsoft HQ. Overall, I prefer to leave it on and give Microsoft automatic feedback about what my computer is doing if it crashes (telemetry’s real purpose) so MS can fix bugs.
But if you want to turn off telemetry completely and permanently, here’s how: Type “services” in the Start menu search box. Click on the “Services” app when it appears at the top of the Start menu. Stop the “Diagnostic Tracking Service” in the list of services. Set the “Diagnostic Tracking Service” to “disabled.”
If there anything else you want to tweak, disable, or remove in Windows 10? Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 8 Apr 2016
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