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The company also drew some attention back to several privacy-related improvements coming with the Creators Update that were revealed in January. European Union data protection authorities recently said they were "concerned" about the data collection practices built into Windows 10. Here are two screen shots of the choices you will have when the Creators Update becomes available. For example, downloads will have less impact on device performance while they are in progress. "However, when you need more control over the update experience, you will have new choices". Previously, users only had the option of setting "active hours" which were times when updates wouldn't be installed, rather than being able to choose a specific time that they would be.

Finally, when you're notified that there's an update ready to install, there will be a snooze button, which will pause the update for three days. Recently, Microsoft has also appealed to developers to use UWP, saying it is the best way to reach its millions of Windows 10 users. Like its MacOS equivalent, the new feature is implemented through the settings app and allows users to restrict installation of applications as per the source.

Windows users may finally have the option to avoid automatic downloads of software they don't want, which takes up space on computers and in some cases may even cause security issues if those applications aren't consistently updated. But offering more control over this process should help Microsoft strike a balance between intrusive auto-updates and constantly ignored manual updates. Microsoft hasn't publicly responded to European Union regulators, but this new privacy panel will be tested with Windows Insiders before it's rolled out as part of the Creators Update.

Microsoft is now testing an update to Windows 10 that will prevent you from installing apps from outside the Windows Store, MSPowerUser reports.

Vanessa Coleman