Windows 10X has anti-theft protection feature

Windows 10X includes anti-theft protection to prevent others from resetting and reusing the device.

Windows 10X anti-theft protection
Windows 10X anti-theft protection

Windows 10X is a new variant of the desktop version of Windows 10 designed for single-screen devices to compete with Chrome OS, and among the new visual elements and improvements, Microsoft is also planning to include a new security feature to prevent others from reusing your device.

The feature is called “anti-theft protection,” and it has been designed to stop anyone from resetting the device to make it their own. When enabled, you must provide your credentials before you can erase the content to reset the device to the factory default settings.

Anti-theft protection is available on Settings > Update & security, and it’s disabled by default, which means that it is up to you to set it up. It can also be controlled from the web since it is connected to your Microsoft account, but the feature doesn’t seem fully functional at the time of this writing.

Although this is a useful feature to protect your device, this is not the only anti-theft feature since Windows 10X also comes with “Find my device,” which allows you to find the device’s physical location with the option to lock it remotely from your Microsoft account online.

Windows 10X is expected to launch in the coming months, but it’s not clear when exactly it will happen. This is also a new version that will come pre-installed on new devices, and it won’t be an operating system that you will have access to upgrade existing devices running Windows 10.

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