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.
It's like having to opt-out of being punched in the face.
That is a very apt description of opt-out in general.
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.
Magic Actions is even better for YouTube.
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.
It appears there's no notion of "optional" updates anymore
there's a checkbox buried deep in system settings to prevent drivers from getting upgraded
Not to mention that Windows has long had the ability to capture the screen by pressing PrtScr to save the screen to the clipboard and in Windows 8 you can press Win+PrtScr to write out the screen directly to an image file.
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.
I don't disagree that Windows 7 was basically Vista with a slightly improved taskbar, but it would be SP3 since Vista actually had an SP2. I never used Vista RTM, but I did use SP1 and SP2 for three years and had no problems with them.
Bile duct cancer.
You got that right. An long time friend of mine died from cancer this year.
I can't help but be optimistic that a breakthrough in cancer treatment is on the horizon.
My favourite reference is in the tomacco episode where Homer goes to a general store called "Sneed's Feed & Seed (Formerly Chuck's)".
It's not exactly backward compatibility, but Atari VCS games could be played on the ColecoVision if you had the adapter for it.
The point made was that there will be a product key involved. They have to send you that, and they only do that if you preview 10 with a Microsoft account. That being the case, it's a simple matter for then to store which keys went with which account.
Clean installs are irrelevant. Being a local user is irrelevant. If you buy or are given anything online that needs activating with a unique key, it's its origin can always be traced back to you.
Uh, no. You don't have to provide any self-identifying information to create a Microsoft account and local accounts aren't accessible by Microsoft.
Sorry, but you fail. Try again.
Still, I wish FF6 would get a remake.