The deadline for installing Windows 10 as a free upgrade is July 29. You may have heard Microsoft made it free because Microsoft sees it as a tool to gather information about you so they may sell it for profit. So it remains, nothing is rarely ever free and there always seems to be a catch. When upgrading, follow these steps to minimize Microsoft’s snooping into your life.
When upgrading, you will first be given the option to customize your installation settings. If you go too fast, you’ll miss it. The customize settings is in small text at the bottom left. Choose that.
Next you will be presented with these screens. Make the choices shown below.
You don’t want Cortana.
Be sure to choose your default apps yourself.
After upgrading, download, install, and run ShutUp10 choosing the recommended settings:
Finally, to reclaim your start button you can get this utility. 30 day free trial. Its only $5:
Overall I think Windows 10 is a decent operating system provided you set it up correctly and minimize Microsoft’s spying.