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    Default New Features in Windows 10 - what does "on" and "off" mean

    Like everyone else with Windows 10, I have received a pop-up which identifies about 5 new specific privacy features. The descriptions are not too bad, but they have got default settings, which you can change. Defaults are all off, except for sending info to m/s. Now, that leads me to believe that "on" is enabling. However what you decide is unclear. If it is unclear to me and I do some tutoring in software, etc, then it must be very unclear to many of our older, less technically aware, in SeniorNet !

    What is the story please ?
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    Default Re: New Features in Windows 10 - what does "on" and "off" mean

    Which setting or settings in particular are referring to Misty?

    I've just updated my machine to the new "Creators" update and I've pretty much turned everything off apart from things like Skype needing access to my camera and the only reason I did that is because I use Skype quite a bit. I've basicaly denied apps access to;

    location data
    notifications
    run in the background
    camera / microphone etc.

    Basically if I don't use the app it gets a "denied" and anything to do with sharing information which may be remotely sensitive is also summarily disabled as well.

    There's a whole lot more but I wil spare you the details.

    My rule of thumb is turn it off unless something stops working properly such as apps etc.

    I don't use anything from the App store apart from Netflix and I have removed all the "standard" tiles pinned to the Start Menu when Windows 10 was installed.

    I have only had one issue occur post update which was the Control Panel automatically closed after I opened it. A quick Google search revealed that this happened to some users when the 1607 update was released as well and had to do with MS drivers replacing existing ones causing some sort of issue. The fix was to re-install my old drivers and this got rid of the issue.

    The devices in question were Intel HD Graphics 3000 and IDT High Definition audio. The update also dropped the drivers for my Fingerprint scanner and those drivers had to be re-installed as well. Bar these hiccups the update when smoothly... only time will tell how good.... or bad it really is.

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    Default Re: New Features in Windows 10 - what does "on" and "off" mean

    Is it this that you are talking about Misty?

    https://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content...57844aacd2.jpg

    There is also a new addition in the Microsoft online account to view and delete some of the collected data

    Just go here and sign in to see

    https://account.microsoft.com/privacy#/

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    Default Re: New Features in Windows 10 - what does "on" and "off" mean

    Yes, bevy, that is exactly what I am talking about. Interesting that in your image all the switches are shown as "on", whilst the one I received only had one button on, that is mainly why I was wary. Usually these organisations try to lead you down a certain path. Thanks also, chief, all interesting and useful info.
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    Default Re: New Features in Windows 10 - what does "on" and "off" mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Misty View Post
    Yes, bevy, that is exactly what I am talking about. Interesting that in your image all the switches are shown as "on", whilst the one I received only had one button on, that is mainly why I was wary. Usually these organisations try to lead you down a certain path. Thanks also, chief, all interesting and useful info.
    Official story is here https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexp...trols-for-you/

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    Default Re: New Features in Windows 10 - what does "on" and "off" mean

    Ah, "n", .............. so much to digest ! Thanks, I think ?
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