With the fairly recent passing of the deadline for the free upgrade to Windows 10, I had a lot of concerns about the my privacy, and about Windows 10 automatically getting in my way! After a bit of searching, I did find and use a really handy program that will deactivate lots and lots of annoying features, and disable automatic information gathering for Microsoft!
It’s called O&O ShutUp 10 – Really, really handy! No install even needed, just run the .exe file and you’ll instantly get the opportunity to disable automatic information gathering, block Cortana’s reporting on your searches, and allows you to turn ‘basic’ information sending to None. Gosh, it is good! Get it, now!