For reference i do not think of the telemetrics in windows 10 as spyware, but i see it commonly called that. Regardless its annoying, so its in here as well
Taking control of windows updates has become much easier thanks to third party utilities, no more need registry hacks or hidden away settings - one program rules them all.
^Russian forum where the creator posts his changelogs
^English discussion forum/thread/links
^English downloads seem to be kept here for now
Use this wonderful tool, change automatic windows updates in the bottom left to disabled. That's it, and you're now able to pick and choose what downloads you want to download, and you don't have to install them right
These updates are genuine updates from microsoft, its merely changing the user interface. There is no risk of faulty or infected updates.
The next great and humorously titled program you need is O&O's "Shut Up10"
As their own page states:
This one's rather simple to use, although can be more confusing in practice. You simply toggle windows 10 features - including windows defender - on and off. Green means "safe" (off) red means "on" (windows default)
Changes are applied immediately, but may not take effect until a reboot. I recommend caution with this one, and not just blindly changing settings - disabling windows update here will stop the other tool from working, for example.
^Spybot AntiBeacon seems to be specialised towards cutting out unwanted external communication.