This post will contain the basic information needed to make Windows 10 better.
You may want to read over this article BEFORE upgrading to Windows 10 as some of these settings can be changed as you are upgrading.
How To Obtain Windows 10
First we will cover how to get Windows 10 if you don’t have the upgrade icon in your system tray or if it has yet to download/notify you of your upgrade.
You can now head over to Microsoft’s website and grab their latest Media Creation Tool (32 bit) (64 bit) from their Windows 10 site to download and create media to upgrade to Windows 10. Note: Your PC must be running genuine and activated Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. This media creation tool also works if you are running some older preview build of Windows 10 Technical Preview upgraded from genuine Windows 7 or 8.1.
Once you have installed or upgraded to Windows 10, you can then begin updating your drivers (if needed) and begin customizing your settings to further protect your privacy and to make sure your defaults are set to what you want. Note: If you have an issue with Windows Update overriding your driver updates, Microsoft has released a tool labeled “How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10“.
If you want to protect your privacy, I recommend using a local account instead of using a Microsoft account. This will disable syncing and possibly the store.
The first settings we will change will be the Privacy options. We need to go to Settings then Privacy.
If you see “Some settings are managed by your organization”
Then you will need to go to Settings, Privacy, Feedback & Diagnostics
And change Diagnostic and usage data to Enhanced, like in this image.
Once that is done you can go back to the top option and continue down the options on the left. Your choices here will come down to what you want to allow and disallow. This will be based on your own personal choices. Just go through each section on the left and make your choices based on what information you would like to share and which you don’t.
Cortana is a big feature in Windows 10 but it also uses a bit of CPU power and does not use your data cautiously. You can disable Cortana and still use search as a local PC search.
Peer-to-peer Update Sharing
The next things you will most likely want to do is disable peer-to-peer sharing of updates over the internet. If you are like me and have a monthly bandwidth limit, this is a must. Go to Settings, Windows Update.
Choose Advanced Options.
Then choose “Choose how updates are delivered”
If you have more than one computer on your network, I recommend choosing the “PCs on my local network” option.
For now, I suggest to disable it by going to Settings, Network and Internet, WiFi and then look for Manage WiFi Settings. From there you can disable WiFi Sense.
Sorry no screenshots as I don’t have WiFi in my Virtual Machine.
Keep checking back as this post will be updated over time with all the latest information I can find.