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Remember the Windows 10 Spying Debacle?
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Post# 861701   1/13/2016 at 20:51 (827 days old) by washer111 ()        

It also turns out the Windows 7 and 8 *MAY* have received updates that allow this to occur as well - although the story is more complicated than just an automatic update, it seems.

This article explains the removal of said updates:

And this one, which explains the story without as much bias (I think, anyway):

If its removable, fine. If its a simple act of "disabling" something in Control Panel or the Registry - I wouldn't trust 'it' and would rather implement firewall rules to ensure Windows 7/8/10 cannot "phone home" to Microsoft. The only way you can really tell if the off switch works would be with network connection analysers.
To be honest - I don't see any need for this sort of activity to take place. There are plenty of other means Microsoft can check up how their OS is working in the wild.

Speaking of Windows 10 - It ended up on my Father's computer, thanks to the idiotic "GET WINDOWS X" prompt that behave more like malware or a virus than anything else. In an episode of frustration, he allowed it to proceed.
Well - the system still works but takes an eternity to actually work. And Windows seemed to forget what the default printer was, but caught on after we printed a document to it... Then it proceeded to jam up the print queue attempting to print to a software printer Windows uses... Obviously finding the print queue has to be different and far more difficult than Windows 2000, XP or 7 - and Control Panel isn't even one continuous application, its now split into a "Metro App" and the other part chucked into the traditional control panel.

UGH. I took a bite and didn't like the taste. I'm spitting it out again.

These experiences make me wonder sometimes whether anyone actually bothers to test their products before releasing half-baked and lumpy!

Post# 861727 , Reply# 1   1/14/2016 at 00:28 (827 days old) by dartman (Portland Oregon)        

Built a new box and decided to plop win 10 64 Pro on it. Seems OK to me so far, turned off most of the extra crap, layout is different but some of it actually makes sense once you get used to it.
Main issue I have right now is the video driver crashing and resetting itself but there are registry tweaks that help.
I still also have my other win7 64 ultimate box beside it to continue running Windows Media center and let me figure things out and swap things around between them.
Main thing that ticks me off is they dropped media center and my HD HomeRun Prime needs it to run its 3 tuner networked cable card setup.
There is a hacked media center from 8.1 that works but haven't tried it yet seeing how old box works fine still.
Most of my old programs seem to work, it boots fast, and so far has never had a full BSOD like my 7 box does occasionally, the video driver craps out, it makes a error sound, then resets itself and everything continues working.
You can tweak or hack it to do or not do just about anything you want. I killed the XBox crap and may kill some more unneeded stuff that wastes resources I never use too, it has a lot of extra stuff built in.
I haven't really ran anything yet that shows how much faster it, plus my new I7 980 6 core is, but the video stuff I do seems pretty quick.
Google is your friend, do some searching and you should be able to kill, do, or make it look, any way you want.

Post# 861761 , Reply# 2   1/14/2016 at 05:33 (827 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I wait at least a few days after release and Google all the issued updates by KB# to check what they're about.  By then a tech discussion somewhere will have reported which are OK and which are questionable to be avoided.

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