Lastly, choosing the customize settings install versus the express settings install provides access to security and privacy settings. Reading over these settings and modifying them during the upgrade process allows more control over how activities are shared, what kinds of WiFi networks are connected to automatically, and if your device gets and shares Windows updates with other computers on the Internet. Yes, you read that correctly, whether or not your computer connects with other computers to share updates.
Accessing Customizable Settings when Upgrading to Windows 10
Access the customizable settings early in the Windows 10 upgrade process from the "Get Going Fast" screen. Instead of selecting the express settings, click the "Customize Settings" link in small print in the bottom left corner of the page.
At each Customize Settings screen, disable any of the options as desired. By default all settings are enabled. When all options have been appropriately modified, click "Next". Once the last customize settings screen is configured, click Next and the install process will continue. Listed below are the categories of options presented in the Customize Settings windows and what each one does.
- Let contact and calendar details be sent to Microsoft for speech and typing.
- Let typing and inking data be sent to Microsoft.
- Let apps use your advertising ID across apps.
- Let Skype connect you to friends in your address book.
- Let Windows apps request your location including location history as well as send this data to Microsoft and trusted partners for Find My Device features.
- Let your device automatically connect to suggested open hotspots.
- Let your device automatically connect to networks shared by your contacts.
- Let your device automatically connect to any hotspot to see if paid WiFi is available.
- Let your device send full error and diagnostic information to Microsoft.
- Let SmartScreen services protect against malicious content and downloads loaded by Windows browsers and Store apps.
- Let your browsing data be sent to Microsoft for the purposes of page prediction to speed up browsing in Windows browsers.
- Let your device get updates from and send updates to other computers on the Internet to speed up app and Windows updates.