One major thing that will come as a relief to the everyday PC user is the new privacy and Windows Update controls that come with the Creators Update. These new controls aren’t as expansive as we’d like, but they’re a step in the right direction for giving the user more control over Windows 10. Follow along and we’ll show you all of the new controls you can manage.

Privacy Settings

For the privacy advocate, the Creators Update is nice because there’s a little more transparency as to what Windows 10 is logging and tracking. And, with three new options you can manage in the Settings > Privacy menu, you sort of have control over what they’re tracking. For example, you can turn off targeted ads or “Relevant Ads” (the very top option in the above image). It’s as simple as clicking on the slider to turn them on and off.

Starting with Location, you can turn it off, but this means you’ll lose access to location-based services, such as weather apps, directional apps and so on. But, it also stops sending Microsoft location data once you turn it off.

By turning off Speech Recognition, you lose access to using services like Cortana, but you also stop sending Microsoft voice input data. By turning off Diagnostics, you stop sending diagnostic data to Microsoft. Turning off Tailored experiences with diagnostics data stops Microsoft from tailoring “relevant tips and recommendations” to you.

You can actually go through the list on the left pane and manage all of the data that Windows 10 collects by categories.  When you’re actually updating Windows 10 to the Creators Update, Microsoft lets you review your privacy settings all in a single list (as seen above). However, that list is the same thing as editing your privacy options in Settings > Privacy, it’s just a more condensed list that you can review real quickly before updating.

Of course, Microsoft won’t let you turn everything off. The company claims it still needs some user data sent to it to keep things “safe and secure.” Still, this is a good start.

Closing

By following the above information, you should be able to take just a little bit more control over your privacy when using Windows 10. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily stop Microsoft from collecting all of your data, but it does limit the data collection.