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How to disable Windows 8's deep cloud integration, piece by piece

Ian Paul | March 26, 2014
Microsoft provides granular control options that let you pick and choose which cloud-friendly features to utilise.

But we're not done yet. Now go back to the main SkyDrive menu and tap or click on File storage. Turn off the slider that says "Save documents to SkyDrive by default" to prevent your files from being automatically saved to the cloud.

Now, go back to the main SkyDrive menu again and choose Camera roll. Select the radio button that says "Don't upload photos." Also make sure the slider that says "Automatically upload videos to SkyDrive" is turned off. These photo settings largely apply to tablet owners and the few PC users that like to take a lot of snaps with their Webcam.

Privacy

But it's not just Microsoft's cloud hooks you have to worry about. Modern UI apps can also ask for data about you and your PC. Let's dive into these settings by opening the Settings app again and selecting Privacy > General.

Here you can control what third-party apps can access including your account info, "advertising ID" for personalized ads, and auto suggestions as you type.

Whatever you decide to turn off on this page, I would highly recommend leaving the SmartScreen Filter turned on just in case an app ever tries to direct you to a malicious website.

Now go back to the main privacy menu and this time select Location. Turn the slider off that says "Let Windows and applications use my location." Alternatively, you can choose to limit specific apps from accessing your location. Just keep in mind that without location services available, apps for weather, news, and maps may not be as convenient to use as they once were.

 

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