Windows privacy tool O&O ShutUp10 is ready for Windows 10 version 2004
O&O ShutUp10 is a long-standing privacy tool for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. The initial version of the program was released in 2015, our first review dates back to 2017 and we have updated it in late 2019. The program has received frequent updates to ensure compatibility with newer versions of Microsoft’s operating system.
The latest version, O&O ShutUp10 1.8.1412, is now fully compatible with Windows 10 version 2004 and can also be run on previous versions of the operating system.
You can run the portable program right after you have downloaded it to the Windows 10 system. Note that you may run it with regular or elevated rights; the main difference is that you get more options when you run it in administrator mode.
The interface of the program has not changed all that much since the initial version was released by the company.
O&O ShupUp10 displays a long list of tweaks in the interface. Tweaks are grouped and each tweak is listed with a description, its current state, and a recommendation; this may be confusing at first but the main takeaway from the listing is that green toggles mean enabled and red that it is not set.
The top bar lists several nice to have features that make working with the program more enjoyable. You can use the search to find tweaks of interest, e.g. type Clipboard to list any tweak that deals with the Windows Clipboard in one way or another.
Actions shows options to apply certain recommendation levels directly. You could select “apply only recommended settings” to turn on all recommended tweaks without going through the entire listing. While that speeds up the process, it is advised to enable or disable tweaks manually instead as you retain full control over the process and know exactly which tweaks are active on the system.
Similarly, you may apply recommended and somewhat recommended settings, or reset all settings to their factory defaults.
Click on the name of a setting to display a description right underneath it. The description explains what a particular setting does and potential issues or limitations that you may experience when you enable the option.
The latest versions, O&O Software released two in June 2020 and one in May 2020, come with a large number of new tweaks and options. You can check out the changelog for the entire list, but here is a selection of new settings that you may find useful (many apply to the new Microsoft Edge browser):
- Disable tracking in the web
- Disable search and website suggestions
- Disable sending info about websites visited
- Disable personalizing advertising, search, news and other services
- Disable preload of pages for faster browsing and searching
- Disable suggestions in Start
- Disable suggestions in the timeline
- Disable showing suggested content in the Settings app
- Disable text suggestions when typing on the software keyboard
- Disable application access to various device features, e.g. motion, eye tracking, or device location.
O&O ShutUp10 is a handy tool for Windows 10 users who want to make changes to the system configuration in regards to privacy. The program is updated regularly and the number of tweaks that it includes is impressive. It will take some time to go through all tweaks manually, but it is in my opinion better than relying on presets to change lots of settings at once.