Using a lot of data with Windows 10?

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If you have Windows 10 and seem to use lot of data here's some tips might help you:
Click your Start Button —> Settings (or press Windows Key + i  to bring up Settings) In Settings, click on Privacy. In the Privacy dialog click on “Background apps”

In the Background apps dialog you’ll fine 20 or more background apps. You’ll also find that most or all of them are turned on for no good reason. For instance, if you don’t use the alarm clock, timers or stop watch features of Windows 10 – turn off Alarms & clock. Don’t worry your clock will not disappear from your taskbar. Turning off Calendar, won’t take away your calendar when you click on your clock in your taskbar. Anything you leave turned on will drain power and will make your computer less efficient and (I think) slower. Both EB and I had some abnormally high CPU and RAM usage going on – until we shut off most of these background apps. And you can’t go wrong. If you shut off something you need, you can turn it on as fast as you turned it off.

The more background apps you turn off the less power your computer will use. You might see an increase in available RAM and a decrease in processor cycles (CPU cycles) and those are good things – especially if you want your computer to run like a rabbit instead of a tortoise carrying a 50-pound sack of sugar.

Try turning off as many background apps as you can and see if that doesn’t perk up your sluggish Windows 10 computer.



By the way I don't have Windows 10 yet. This is from newsletter.
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Posted 3 years ago

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Prfgadget

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QUESTION:
Have you seen anything similar for Win 7 and  Win 8 ?
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HMC1940

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No Haven't seen anything like this for Win 7 or 8. But think Win 10 uploads things as they like and uses more data.
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Prfgadget

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OH WELL,,,,it was just a thought.

Thank You !
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Michael Bogle

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Shut off cortana and anything else that could eat your data.
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Calvin G.

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Thank You! I'm about to buy a whole new system with windows 10, and needed to know this...what I DON'T like is Windows 10 has some gaming thing in it...which I will NEVER use...guess I could uninstall that when I'm settled into using the new puter.
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You'll also want to take a look at the following link:

http://merabheja.com/internet-data-usage-in-windows-10/

P.S. In addition to those action items, establishing a local account rather than using a Microsoft account simply avoids many of the data usage issues those on limited data plans experience.

When finishing setup of a new computer, there's an option to skip using a Microsoft Account and the ability to create a local account. If you wind up initially using a Microsoft Account, you can create a local account later on as described here:

http://www.groovypost.com/howto/create-local-account-windows-10/
 
Finally, exercise care when you first power on the new computer (don;t connect to the internet, wait until the free zone if applicable or take it to the library or other place with free access). If the lights dim once you set it up, that's just Windows 10 performing all of  its automatic updates and chewing into your data until all of the above actions can be taken    
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Good information for windows 10 or any o/s, remember if the application is enabled and running in the background that it is residing in RAM and reducing your available RAM for other processing.  Generally speaking, if you have a new computer with a minimum of 6 G of RAM these apps will not really adversely affect you.  But if you have an older computer that you upgraded to Windows 10 then you should consider turning many of the apps off.