There is a new feature in Windows 10 that records the user activity in order to provide the users better experience. In the user activity history, it stores the websites that were open in the Microsoft Edge web browser, the apps that you have been using and the services running in your Windows PC. By storing the user activity history, it helps you get back to the same websites and apps the next time you use your Windows PC. Furthermore, if you are using a Microsoft account, then it may also store this user activity on Microsoft servers so that you can jump pack to the same websites and apps on any Windows PC that you sign-in using your same Microsoft account credentials.
If you do not like the idea of Windows storing your activity on the local device or on Microsoft servers, then you can disable this feature using these steps:
- Press the hotkey Win+I to open Windows settings. You can also click on Start icon and then click on the cogwheel icon to open Windows settings.
- In the settings, select the Privacy category and then select Activity History from the left side.
- Uncheck the settings labeled Store my activity history on this device and Send my activity history to Microsoft.
- Scroll down a little and click on the Clear button to clear all of your activity history that was already stored on your device.
This is it, from now on, your activity history will no longer be stored on the local hard drive or on the Microsoft servers. The drawback of disabling this feature is that you won’t be able to quickly jump back into whatever you were doing in the last session of Windows. But the advantage is more privacy and unnecessary recording of your user history in your own PC.