Debotnet

Debotnet is a free and portable tool for controlling Windows 10's many privacy-related settings and keep your personal data private.

The Windows 10 default privacy settings leave a lot to be desired when it comes to protecting you and your private information. Whenever I set up a new computer or update a current setup for my family or job, I always carefully go through the privacy settings for each install, making sure to lock it down to make it as private as possible.

Windows 10 has raised several concerns about privacy due to the fact that it has a lot of telemetry and online features, which send your data (sensitive and not) to Microsoft and can't be disabled. Most of it seems pretty legit stuff when telemetry is set to basic. If you don't trust them, Debotnet can help you to prevent Windows 10 from sending your data to Microsoft.

Intro of Debotnet

The most important features at a glance 

  • Disable telemetry and online features, which send your data (sensitive and not) to Microsoft
  • Choose which unwanted functions you wish to disable
  • Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-in Apps 
  • Debotnet will show you what it's doing. You have full control, because the executing code can be viewed in a simple text editor
  • Debug mode. E.g. the Test mode lets you see which values are twisted in registry or commands executed
  • Simple scripting engine for adding custom privacy rules
  • Scripts updated on GitHub
  • Support for Ninite service, which allows you to download and install more than 70 popular apps for Windows.
  • Download Windows 10 ISO files using Microsoft Media Creation Tool with command line switches and also through MCT Wrapper
  • Integration of custom PowerShell debloating scrips, e.g W4RH4WK / Debloat-Windows-10, Sycnex / Windows10Debloater etc.
  • Download deprecated Windows apps, e.g. Classic Calculator
  • Modern and familiar UI, with theme support
  • Small footprint. No installation required (Portable)
  • Open Source (GPL-3.0)

Debotnet's main tools and database are not hard-coded. It is based upon simple .DS1 files which define exactly which registry keys, files and or/services should be disabled, blocked, deleted etc. and preserved by the program.

Here is an example of a script file (plain text files saved as .DS1 file type) 

[Info]
ID=Disable Telemetry
Ver=1.0
Desc=As you use Windows 10, Microsoft will collect usage information. All its options are available in Settings -> Privacy - Feedback and Diagnostics. There you can set the options "Diagnostic and usage data" to Basic, Enhanced and Full.\n\nTo disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, run the following script.
Dev=Mirinsoft
DevURL=https://www.mirinsoft.com
WinVer=Compatible with Windows 10
Evaluation=Recommended
EvaluationColor=009e5e

[Code]
Task1=Run,net stop DiagTrack,STDOUT
Task2=Run,net stop dmwappushsvc,STDOUT
Task3=Try,query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection" /v AllowTelemetry,STDOUT
File1=Reg,add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection" /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f,STDOUT

Debotnet requires Windows 10 including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Choose one of the download links below

Debotnet (from GitHub) | Scripts | Documentation | FAQ | Icons for Media

Info! The development of Debotnet was discontinued. 

If you are interested in continuing to maintain the project, you can do so. I have released the Source Code of Debotnet. The project was compiled with Visual Basic 6. It will not be everybody's cup of tea, but I had fun with it anyway and it worked well. You can read the whole background story here.

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