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Comment Re:Photoshop / Lightroom anxiety (Score 1) 426

Doesn't matter what other OSes are doing. That does not make it OK for Microsoft to sucker people into getting a "free" crippleware update that sneaks in all sorts of spyware and advertising.

Cortana cannot be uninstalled and even when "disabled", it still spies on you. At least on my phone, I can and do run a custom AOSP build, sans Google crap.

Comment Re:Good for them. (Score 1) 249

You can uninstall Cortana (among a number of other obnoxious "features") completely via PowerShell, but Windows 10 still phones home with far more information than it lets on.

I would have happily paid full price for a real upgrade that has all snooping and Metro stripped out and that lets me do manual updates. I guess I'll be sticking to Windows 8.1 until support stops in 2023.

Comment Re:And so it begins (Score 1) 296

I can see that happening, along with whatever else Microsoft decides that they want to monetize/hold ransom. That has got to be the reason the rollback feature only works for a month. Once they have you, they have you and can push whatever updates or change whatever settings that they want on your PC. Disabled snooping? A new silent, background update that you can't disable will turn it back on without your knowledge.

Comment Re:Installed but reverted (Score 1) 272

I had a similar experience. What worried me the most was just how much information Microsoft wants to gather and how many options you have to shut down in order to protect your privacy. I'll be keeping my eye on Windows 10 in hopes that it improves but currently I don't feel it's ready for anything more than testing purposes. So for now, I'm back safe and sound on Windows 8.1 like you.

Comment Re:I've had issues with the Win10 NVIDIA drivers.. (Score 1) 317

Well, whatever they want to label it as now it's still optional.

The reason it's probably buried is to keep your average person poking around and messing with things that they don't understand. I think the automatic update changes will be a good thing for most people while those of us who know how will still be able to stop them.

Comment Re:It isn't stable yet... (Score 1) 172

The PC I used Vista on was an Acer Aspire 8930 which has a Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz, 4GB DDR2 RAM and a Geforce 9600M GT with 512MB GDDR3 VRAM. It originally came with Vista Home Premium SP1 and later updated to SP2. Never had a single serious problem with it, stability or performance-wise.

When I installed Windows 7 on the same PC, I didn't see a difference other than having to remove the pinned items from the taskbar and resizing it back down to "normal" size. That's why it felt like Vista SP3 to me.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.