Useful Windows 10 settings changes

This is a collection of tweaks and links to articles about useful settings changes in Windows 10. If you don’t understand the implications of changing these settings, it’s best not to change them.

Windows 10 download link: Download Windows 10

Group Policy tweaks

  • Disable Windows Defender – Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender (see: Turn off Windows Defender in Windows 10)
  • Disable Windows Firewall – Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Windows 10 privacy settings

Disable Windows 10 keylogger

From an elevated command prompt (Windows key + x):

sc delete DiagTrack
sc delete dmwappushservice
echo "" > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl

hosts file to block known Windows 10 telemetry domains

# Start of Microsoft block
127.0.0.1 a-0001.a-msedge.net
127.0.0.1 a.ads1.msn.com
127.0.0.1 a.ads2.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 adnexus.net
127.0.0.1 adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 ads.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ads1.msads.net
127.0.0.1 ads1.msn.com
127.0.0.1 az361816.vo.msecnd.net
127.0.0.1 az512334.vo.msecnd.net
127.0.0.1 choice.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 choice.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 compatexchange.cloudapp.net
127.0.0.1 corp.sts.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 corpext.msitadfs.glbdns2.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net
127.0.0.1 df.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 diagnostics.support.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 fe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
127.0.0.1 feedback.microsoft-hohm.com
127.0.0.1 feedback.search.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 feedback.windows.com
127.0.0.1 i1.services.social.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 pre.footprintpredict.com
127.0.0.1 preview.msn.com
127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1 redir.metaservices.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 services.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 settings-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 sls.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
127.0.0.1 sqm.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 statsfe1.ws.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 statsfe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net
127.0.0.1 statsfe2.ws.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 survey.watson.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 telemetry.appex.bing.net
127.0.0.1 telemetry.appex.bing.net:443
127.0.0.1 telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 telemetry.urs.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 vortex-win.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 vortex.data.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 watson.live.com
127.0.0.1 watson.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 watson.ppe.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 watson.telemetry.microsoft.com
127.0.0.1 watson.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net
127.0.0.1 wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com
# End of Microsoft block

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Last updated: 02/09/2015

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