Microsoft has started to push-out its eagerly-anticipated Windows 10 Creators Update.
The blockbuster operating system update will gradually roll-out to users across the globe – a precautionary measure to ease the strain on Microsoft's servers on release day.
However, those who download and install the new software should pay close attention during installation.
According to technology blog TomsHardware, the manual upgrade process will reset your privacy settings back to their default values.
During the upgrade process, Microsoft will show you the various privacy settings available in Windows 10 Creators Update, with a short description of each setting that explains how the data will be used and how it could benefit the end-user.
However, reports suggest that by default – Microsoft will tick all of the checkboxes in this panel.
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Users are welcome to trawl through and untick anything they are uncomfortable with, but they need to pay attention during the upgrade process.
Those who blindly click Next during the set-up could accidentally reset their data collection settings to the system default.
So, regardless of any changes made within the settings panel on your previous version of Windows 10, the PC will begin to siphon your data again.
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Installed with default settings, Windows 10 encourages users to share their location and provide full diagnostic data, so that Microsoft can fix any issues and improve the software for future releases. The default settings also enable smart voice assistant Cortana and specify that users would prefer targeted advertisements, rather than generic one-size-fits-all ones.
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Those who do reset their settings can change them at any time by heading to Start > Windows Settings > Privacy.
This new privacy panel is part of a wider push from Microsoft to become more transparent with its users about data collection.
Marisa Rogers, Head of Windows and Devices Group Privacy Office, said: "We are committed to helping ensure you have access to even more information and can review and delete data we collect via the Microsoft privacy dashboard.
"This month, we will bring voice data to this dashboard, so you can review the data we have which improves Cortana’s ability to naturally respond to your requests as your personal digital assistant."
Although users now have much more granular controls over their data – including voice data for Cortana – Microsoft still thinks you should leave the toggles as is during the set-up process.
Head of Windows and Devices Group Privacy Office, Ms Rogers said: "We believe the recommended settings will provide you with the richest experience and enable important Windows 10 features to operate most effectively."
But added: "In future updates, we will continue to refine our approach and implement your feedback about data collection and privacy controls."
Windows 10 Creators Update is available now for those who are willing to manually download and install the latest operating system.
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Windows 10 Creators Update ships with a number of new features.
Microsoft has included a new mode optimised for intensive PC gaming session, dubbed Game Mode.
There are also a number of features that help to bridge the gap between Windows 10 gamers and their counterparts on Microsoft's Xbox platform.
Windows 10 Creators Update also includes an all-new Paint 3D app which makes it easier than ever to build and create 3D models and items.
Paint 3D offers a simple way to get in to 3D modelling, with a number of pre-set models alongside customised options, all of which can be shared online and even printed in to real-life.