Windows 10: Addressing new “features” and disabling unnecessary utilities

The arrival of Windows 10 was greeted by many, and the new OS seems to be rock solid. Having used it for about 4 days now, there are definitely some things that need to be addressed: Forced Windows Updates, Forced Windows defender (which by itself is not a very good program), etc.


Drastic Change # 1: Forced Windows Updates

In Windows 10, you no longer have that option of disabling updates (if you are in a non-networked PC). Now, this may seem counter productive to disable updates, but automatic updates have broken quite a few things in the past.

The new updates window

Updates-2The new Windows update forces updates on you, and the “defer upgrades” button does absolutely nothing

Drastic Change #2: Forced Windows Defender usage

The new Windows defender does not let you turn it off permanently (Well, not easily). Microsoft explicitly states in the program that if it is off for a while, they will turn it back on again. Because screw you and your superior antivirus/antimalware programs.

Windows DefenderThankfully though, there IS a way to turn it off via Group Policy editor, which can be accessed by typing “GPedit.msc” into the windows search bar. From there, go to Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender and double click on “Turn off Windows Defender”. You will be presented with the following screen.

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Select Enable and press ok. Restart your computer and Windows Defender will be off. From there on, you can install your favorite AV program. I personally use Malwarebytes as it has the best reputation in the industry.

Annoying program in the background: One Drive/Skydrive

One Drive/Skydrive is Microsoft’s own cloud storage solution, tied to one’s Hotmail/Outlook account. However, not everyone uses their mail service and therefore One Drive/Skydrive is useless for them. The One Drive app runs in the background normally and you have to manually close it each time. Thankfully again, you can disable it completely by going into Gpedit.msc again from the start menu, Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive and double clicking on “Prevent the usage……OneDrive” like the screenshot below (Make sure to select Enable on the prompt and pressing OK!).

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That’s about it for now, let me know what you think! If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to comment below.

One thought on “Windows 10: Addressing new “features” and disabling unnecessary utilities”

  1. Jackal2 says:

    Thanks for the removal of defender tip. I hate that useless program.

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