In light of the recent launch of Windows 10. Let it be known that Microsoft has added some abilities to the new Operating System that can potentially comprise user security. Whether it be your personal PC or your entire Network that you are connected to. Also listed below are some tips and recommendations when upgrading to 10.
- Make sure you go to "START > SETTINGS > UPDATE & SECURITY > ADVANCED OPTIONS > CHOOSE HOW UPDATES ARE DELIVERED" and turn off the option under "Updates from more than one place". As by default, Windows 10 has the option "PCs on my local network, and PCs on the internet" checked. Having the Internet option enabled allows users outside your personal network to "Seed" windows updates from your PC. This can be troublesome as it can pose a serious security breach and can also run up your bandwidth cap if you have one. You can also tick the Local option which would make it so that only one PC on your network would have to get the updates and then the rest of your computers on your network would update seed from that single PC. This can be helpful for people with metered connections. (Its a double edge sword folks. Make sure you are using the right side or don't use it at all!)
- I also recommend going into "Start > Settings > Privacy" and looking through all the different categories and turning off apps you do not want to access certain things. IF you have an app called: "App connector" I highly recommend turning this app off in all the sub categories in Privacy. You also want to disable "Let apps use my advertising ID for experience across apps", "Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future", and "Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list".
- I highly recommend disabling WiFi Sense. What is it? WiFi sense is WiFi-Sharing via your private WiFi pass phrase, shared to anyone that is a friend on Facebook, Skype, or anyone you added to your address book. This pretty much opens your private WiFi network to outsiders. Your ISP can also see it as a breach of TOS and can cause some un-needed trouble for you. To disable: "Start > Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi > Manage WiFi Settings" Once there you pretty much just want to turn off every option you see. (Read them as you turn them off) and you also want to tell Windows 10 to forget any WiFi networks you've signed into in the past, just in case it auto connected you to your evil neighbors public phishing WiFi.
*Note this does not give anyone the password, it just allows them to connect to your WiFi without asking for the password.*
Even though Windows 10 is a really nice Operating System. Microsoft had some dirty options buried within the settings menu. Please do not just jump into the OS without configuring it at all! Take your time and read through the options!
TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
POWER USERS: If you would like to block all Ads on your PC, add this information to Windows's Host file: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.txt
This also works on Mac and Linux!
If you do not want to keep your windows.old folder (folder has the old operating system in it in case you need to revert.) Follow this guide from Laptop Mag:http://blog.laptopma...dows-old-folder - This can free up to 20GBs of space on your C:\ drive
I highly recommend grabbing CCleaner and using it to uninstall all the bloatware that comes with Windows 10. Also while your using it, have it clean up your start-up programs and registry entries. Though for metro apps you will need to either go into the store to uninstall or find them in the start menu > right click > uninstall.
*NOTE:* BEFORE YOU RUN A REGISTRY CLEAN, PLEASE FOLLOW THE POPUP AND BACKUP THE REGISTRY! SOMETIMES AUTO CLEANERS CAN CAUSE ISSUES WHEN PLAYING WITH THE REGISTRY!
DISABLING AUTOMATIC RESTARTS:
Go into Start > Settings > Updates & Security > Advanced Options and set the option to "Notify to schedule restart"
Update your anti-virus software if it's anything other than Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials. Some AV software require an Engine upgrade in order to work in Windows 10.
Defragment your Hard Disk before upgrading! "My Computer > Right click 'Local Disk "C:\"' > Properties > Tools > Optimize"
*SSD users!* Make sure you run a TRIM (Windows 8+ can auto detect SSDs and run a TRIM instead of Disk Defrag)
After doing the above and upgrading to Windows 10, run Disk Cleanup. Found in the General Menu next to the Capacity pie chart. Allow the utility to scan the system and once complete, click the option to "Clean up System Files" This can free up 20-30+GB of space from the C:\ drive! You may also want to run Disk defrag again later. (SSD users: TRIM)