DoNotSpy11 for Windows 11 is now available

Martin Brinkmann
May 25, 2022
Windows software

The developer of the popular privacy tool DoNotSpy10 released DoNotSpy11 for Windows 11 on May 24, 2022. The tools give users control over more than 140 privacy related features on Windows devices.

We reviewed DoNotSpy10 in 2015 when it was released for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. We found it to be a good tool to adjust Windows settings related to privacy quickly and efficiently. We did not like the included adware offer back then, but this is a thing of the past as it is no longer included.

DoNotSpy11 uses the core of the Windows 10 application. In fact, it supports Windows 10 and 11 systems alike.  The interface is identical, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, considering that users will feel right at home. It is streamlined and easy to use.

First thing you need to do is download the latest version of the application from the developer website. Windows 11 may throw a SmartScreen warning on first run; the developer states that it is thrown because the application is not signed.

All available tweaks are listed in the main interface. Tweaks are sorted into categories, and a search is provided that helps you filter the large list.

When you select a tweak, a description is provided that may provide additional information on the functionality of the feature that it controls.

Checked tweaks are enabled on the device already. Each tweak has a color assigned to it that provides safety information. Blue tweaks are safe to use, red tweaks not recommended for the majority of users. Orange tweaks have info text that provides explanation, and gray colored tweaks highlight changes since the last time the app was started.

DoNotSpy11 supports the manual creation of a system restore point via the Actions menu, but it will also display a system restore point before any changes are made.

As far as differences to DoNotSpy10 are concerned, there are some. DoNotSpy11 detects Office and will display Office-specific tweaks in the case of detection. The following Office-specific privacy tweaks are supported in the current version:

Tweak added: Office: Disable First Run Movie
Tweak added: Office: Disable Customer Experience Improvement Program
Tweak added: Office: Disable Feedback
Tweak added: Office: Disable Sending Personal Information
Tweak added: Office: Disable Telemetry
Tweak added: Office: Disable Connected Experiences That Analyze Content
Tweak added: Office: Disable Connected Experiences That Download Online Content
Tweak added: Office: Disable Additional Optional Connected Experiences
Tweak added: Office: Disable In-Product Surveys
Tweak added: Office: Block Signing Into Office
Tweak added: Office: Disable LinkedIn Features

Several Windows 11 specific tweaks are also available. Users may disable Search Highlights, Windows Spotlight on Desktop, or the display of Files in Explorer. You find the full changelog on the developer's website.

Closing Words

DoNotSpy11 is a well designed privacy application for Windows. It supports the latest Windows 10 and 11 builds, and is regularly updated with new tweaks.

Now You: do you use privacy applications to tweak your operating systems?

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  1. Mystique_r4 said on May 26, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    A few years ago there was some controversy with this developer, I do not recall what it was but there was something. I do believe I recall there being PUPS in the installer.
    Of course Norton is not very reliable also so there is that.

    1. G said on May 30, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks :o)

  2. G said on May 25, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Norton nukes this file as soon as I download it. Says there is an “Insight Network Threat” Also says the website it comes from is untrustworthy.

    1. Dave said on May 26, 2022 at 7:02 am

      The problem is in the first word of your sentence.

      1. gregrte said on May 28, 2022 at 11:25 pm

        Could you elaborate?

  3. John G. said on May 25, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    I expected a portable version too, however there is not one. Thanks for the article! :]

  4. Anonymous said on May 25, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Thanks. Its good to turn off even more Windows Experience. With the switching off of needless background processes my laptop is gradually running cooler than it was the day Windows 11 was installed.

  5. FREEEEEEEEDOM! said on May 25, 2022 at 8:39 am

    It’s sad when you have to protect your already proprietary Operating System from spying on you.

    Choose free and open source software like Linux or BSD.

    1. Trey said on May 25, 2022 at 9:43 pm

      Unfortunately the chasm between Linux apps and Mac/Win is like trading your car for a moped. Not realistic for most people.

      1. There are alternatives said on May 26, 2022 at 2:21 am

        Liening Windows VS Linux to trading down from a car to a moped is a bit of an exaggeration although I admit there are some programs for Windows where there are no replacement for Linux, but before dooming out Linux check with the following site to find comparable programs.

    2. :-) said on May 25, 2022 at 8:05 pm

      There are tons of software that only run on Windows, therefore some people can’t fully exclude Windows from theirs lives at this time.

      1. Tony said on May 25, 2022 at 11:24 pm

        For most people, however, Linux will do just fine.

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