FYI: Here Are Ten Windows 10 Default Settings You Might Want To Immediately Disable

These 10 default features and settings can be disabled. Here’s how and why you may want to

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Windows 11 may be on the way, but more than 1 billion people are still using Windows 10 — and many have no idea about the default settings that collect information, make you see more ads and notifications and may be slowing down your device. (It will be free to upgrade to Windows 11 if you’re already using Windows 10 — here’s how to download Windows 10 free if you haven’t already. And here’s how to tell if you can upgrade to Windows 11.)

If you’re a Windows 10 user, you’ll want to spend just a few minutes looking into these default settings, and potentially turning them off, for the sake of privacy, speed and convenience. Here are eight settings that are turned on by default that you can disable in Windows 10. (You can also check out the top Windows 10 tips and tricks, and how to troubleshoot common Windows 10 problems.)

File-sharing updates

A feature Windows 10 added is an optimized update delivery system, which lets you download updates from other Windows 10 computers over the Internet (not just from Microsoft’s servers). The catch, of course, is that your computer is also used as an update-sharing hub for other Windows 10 users.

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