How to Disable Windows 10’s “Getting to Know You” Feature

Dave LeClair 08-02-2016

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If you don’t want Windows 10 to be able to get to know you, you just need to turn off the aptly named “Getting to know you” option.

First, go the Settings app on your Windows 10 device. Now, click on Privacy, followed by Speech, inking & typing. Click the button labeled Stop getting to know me, then click Turn Off on the pop out that appears.


Keep in mind that in doing this, you’ll be turning off dictation, Cortana How to Make Cortana Forget That Bing Even Exists If you love using Cortana but hate using Bing, here's an easy way to redirect all Cortana searches away from Bing! Read More , and you’ll be getting rid of everything your computer knows already, so if you change your mind and turn it back on later, you’ll be starting from scratch.

Do you prefer that your PC knows about you for the sake of convenience or do you prefer to keep it private? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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Related topics: Microsoft Cortana, Windows 10.

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  1. Anonymous
    February 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    My computers are tools, not friends. They don't need to "know me". And in all honesty, it isn't the computer that wants to get to know about you, it's Micro$oft. The more they learn about the user, the more information they have at their disposal to monetize.