Microsoft’s Windows 10 keylogger, how to get rid and the Creators Update changes afoot

It’s something that’s been around ever since the initial Windows 10 preview started infiltrating early adopters’ PCs - the Windows 10 keylogger. That’s maybe too emotive a title for it, but Microsoft is still capturing every single keypress tapped out on your keyboard.

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Microsoft uses the information to help inform their Cortana assistant, also storing everything you say and scribble using Windows’ Ink feature. They state that sending information on what you type to Microsoft will help “improve typing and writing in the future.” 

The fact they’re storing all this data has been highlighted once again by a reddit post covering the topic, but it’s straightforward enough to ditch. There is though no suggestion of any nefarious uses the big M are putting all your logged data towards, so there’s really no need to panic.

Keeping track of what you’re typing/writing/talking about to your PC all feeds into the rise of the virtual assistant, but if the thought of your machine and/or Microsoft remembering everything you’ve ever asked it then there are steps you can take to make sure it goes no further than your home.

Windows 10 general privacy settings

Just nip into the settings screen from your start menu and in the initial ‘General’ settings screen uncheck the ‘Send Microsoft info about how I write…’ box, along with any other you think might bug you. If you choose to use Cortana when you installed your operating system then in the ‘Speech, inking & typing’ section you’ll need to swallow the discomfort you might feel at upsetting your PC and press the ‘Stop getting to know me’ button.

Cortana's getting to know you...

You can also set this up at the point of install by selecting the ‘Custom Install’ option, but it’s worth going back in to check out your privacy settings each time you install a major (or sometimes minor) Windows update as Microsoft has a habit of fiddling around with your settings.

There’s also some changes afoot with the Creators Update which is coming very soon, along with new Game Mode and Beam features.

New Creators Update privacy settings

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build, 15063 (rs2_release), has changed around the privacy settings and where they live. It looks like, from the Creators Update release, that all the logging of your keypresses will be under the Cortana umbrella of ‘Getting to know you’.

You will have to entirely disable Cortana’s voice activation stuff in order to ditch the keylogger-like antics of Windows 10.

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llubtoille Avatar
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8 Months ago

I'm probably blind and biased by memory, but WinXP was the peak where controlling my computer was a bit like molding clay, the user had all the control to make something beautiful or make a mess.

Win10 feels like captaining a fairly autonomous ship where most of the crew are lying to me. Nothing really goes wrong, but I don't feel like I'm at all in control.

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Dave James Avatar
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8 Months ago

Love that analogy!

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0V3RKILL Avatar
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8 Months ago

I hear ya man and I agree. but for some people that have no clue of what their doing it is a blessing, my old man for example...his windows 10 still going somewhat healthy. enough to do what he does and I installed it ages ago lol

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Dave James Avatar
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8 Months ago

To be fair it's pretty good for people who do know what they're doing. As someone who's constantly ripping out and replacing components, and entire platforms, I'm always hugely impressed how robust Windows 10 is when it comes to just getting on with booting up again and sorting out new drivers without bothering you.

There really is a lot to like about it, however nanny-ish it can sometimes get :)

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0V3RKILL Avatar
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8 Months ago

of course, anything good for the nOOb pc users is always even better for the hardcore user

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g.poubelle Avatar
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8 Months ago

"If Microsoft are going to capture every keypress then make sure it’s on a great board. "

I guess next time I forget a password I can just give Microsoft a call.

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