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I haven't yet switched to W10 but I have heard the concerns about privacy (I thought I had seen some of those issues here at the Pit so pardon me if this duplicates another's post).

 

This article address's these to some extent and may be helpful

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/bitwise/2015/08/windows_10_privacy_problems_here_s_how_bad_they_are_and_how_to_plug_them.single.html

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It appears that manually turning things off does not seem to help for pirvacy

http://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/

 

O&O software would like to help you tell Windows 10 to shut up

http://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NL2262-weblink&utm_campaign=oonewsletter2262

Edited by Joe C

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far as i can see o&o software doesn't shut off anything that you can't do in the win10 os, it just places all those settings in 1 place to make things slightly easier for you.

 

it doesn't stop the windows from still sending data to it's servers even when you have turned everything you can off, be that with win10 settings or using the o&o software.

 

so as far as i'm concerned there is no such thing as privacy or control for anyone who decides to install win 10,

 

:b33r:

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There's maybe a few options for those who wish to stick with Windows and attempt to keep their privacy.

 

http://bgr.com/2015/08/28/windows-10-features-spying-windows-7-8/

 

Personally, I won't be making the upgrade to 10. I didn't really mind 7 so much (family members use 7), it was definitely an improvement from Vista. But now having a machine that runs 8.1 (and my sister's new laptop also has 8.1), Windows is just a nightmare! I can't force others to do so, but I will be making permanent switch to Linux at this point.

 

It's very clear to me that using Windows is a sure fire way to surrender one's privacy of everything to some crazy lunatic people who wish to force everyone to live by their set standard.

http://anonhq.com/windows-10-free-upgrade-threatens-destroy-us/

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There's maybe a few options for those who wish to stick with Windows and attempt to keep their privacy.

 

http://bgr.com/2015/08/28/windows-10-features-spying-windows-7-8/

 

Personally, I won't be making the upgrade to 10. I didn't really mind 7 so much (family members use 7), it was definitely an improvement from Vista. But now having a machine that runs 8.1 (and my sister's new laptop also has 8.1), Windows is just a nightmare! I can't force others to do so, but I will be making permanent switch to Linux at this point.

 

It's very clear to me that using Windows is a sure fire way to surrender one's privacy of everything to some crazy lunatic people who wish to force everyone to live by their set standard.

http://anonhq.com/windows-10-free-upgrade-threatens-destroy-us/

The same NSA Anti-Privacy software in 10 is now being pushed through Win Update to Win 7, 8, and 8.1.

 

Quote from Cosmic Ocean at [email protected], Number Crunching, Win 10 Yea or Nay Thread:

 

"Add these two to the recently re-quoted list::

 

KB3075249 - adds telemetry points to consent.exe (sends your UAC decisions back to HQ)

KB3080149 - UTC update for "down-level" devices (??? whatever that means. It's a 16mb update and modifies a LOT of files), but also, it says right on the MS page that it adds telemetry and tracking to help with the upgrade process.

 

My friend that just decided to go back to 7 from 10 asked for a list of KBs to keep an eye out for, and I dug through several pages of this thread and came up with this list:

 

KB2952664

KB2976978

KB2990214

KB3021917

KB3022345

KB3035583

KB3044374

KB3068708

KB3075249

KB3080149

 

I think one or two of those are for 8.1, but have a 7 equivalent with a different number as well. But as far as I know, that's the most-complete list to avoid that I can come up with at the moment. I might be missing one or two, but I think that takes care of the bulk of them.

 

Edit: I think I just found another one or two:

KB2957026

KB2977759

KB3065987

KB3075851

 

I think that just about completes the list. Some are 8/8.1-only, some are 7-only, if that wasn't simple to understand in my previous wording."

 

 

NOTE: Some of the above are Win 8/8.1 only and some are Win 7 only.

 

 

TL

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UPDATE:

 

The O&O software seems to work. I just recently completed a Cumulative Update for Win 10 which required a reboot of the laptop. Upon reboot and login, I went back into Win Update and checked settings there. The O&O restrictions were still in place. Cortana also remained disabled by O&O.

 

I will keep monitoring dad's new laptop with Win 10 Pro and the O&O security software installed. If things change, or Win Update gets around O&O, I will let you know.

 

 

TL

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There is actually a way to completely kill off all telemetry in Windows 10, it can be done from the registry editor. I have done it to 2 Windows 10 computers. I am not going to post the procedure as I do not want to be responsible for someone making a mistake.

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