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Wise owl
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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/17/microsoft_windows_10_upgrade_gwx_vs_humanity/

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest.

GWX subverts a channel intended for one purpose (security hotfixes) for another (advertising); it changes its “attack vectors”, it “conceals itself” kinda like a rootkit; it uses “polymorphic” techniques; and it consistently overrides users' actions and permissions.

 




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Wise owl
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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.

Never10 from GRC: https://www.grc.com/never10.htm




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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.

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Might pay to wait a bit before using Never10

From the author (Steve Gibson)

"This is mostly a simple front-end on a registry editor which
uses Microsoft's own new switches introduced into Windows Update
back last July to gracefully prevent Windows OS upgrading.

I was in too much of a hurry, though, so I made a mistake that
I will correct immediately: I assumed that the July update
additions would NOT be incorporated into all future updates, so
I bundled FOUR versions of that July update into the utility,
for Windows 7 and v8.1 in each of x86 and x64. This made the
utility ENORMOUS by GRC's standards... at 12mb. Then, during
testing, I subsequently discovered that all of the systems I was
testing on already had later versions of the Windows Update
Agent... and that they all therefore knew how to interpret the
registry entries.

So I will immediately be removing the internally bundled updates
from the utility and will ONLY download and install the latest
version from Microsoft if the one presently installed in the
system is too old to understand the registry entries.

In testing this I also discovered that even if Microsoft had
pre-downloaded the 3 gigabyte Windows 10 update, once these
switches are in place, Windows deletes the staged files for us.

And also note that this utility will also remove the switches
to re-enable Windows Upgrade upgrading to Windows 10.

So, I have a bit more work to do, but what's here works nicely,
I believe, even if it is a bit MASSIVE. It will be much smaller
shortly, and we will all be able to recommend it to anyone who
wishes, for whatever reason, to remain with Windows 7 or 8.1."

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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.

Steve has apparently now updated Never10 https://www.grc.com/never10.htm

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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.

Obviously NO does not mean No in Microshaft speak, Windows 10 is an an open invitation for Microshaft to vacum your personal data, no ta!
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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.


X_demob wrote:
Obviously NO does not mean No in Microshaft speak, Windows 10 is an an open invitation for Microshaft to vacum your personal data, no ta!

And the likes of Google don't ..... ?

I guess I must be the only person happy with the upgrades I did on all my Windows 7 kit. As for personal data, if they want to track my surfing, I think they will find it very boring ......

However, I do agree the Windows 10 "upgrade" is a tad aggressive.

 

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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.

I too was getting pee'd off with the reminders. SO instead of suppressing them, on one of my laptops I said "sod it" and did the upgrade. Went perfectly first time - did the "custom install" to stop the personal data tracking and the damn thing works.

Compared with Windows 7 appearance, I find the Windows 10 UI to be akin to a child's handwriting. So, I'm downloading the Windows 7 skin which is much more suited to professional use.

Seph - ( DEFROCKED - My advice is at your risk)

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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.

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You know the one I cannot understand with some people is just their choices. Windows 8 was revealed as a way to merge three platforms into one, people didn't like this and 8.1 was released.

People still hated 8.1 and thus release Windows 10 as a consumer focused released, as a 100% FREE UPGRADE, and everyone STILL hates it. I just don't see why slack can't be given to Microsoft, they've done an awesome job and if you don't want to upgrade, each to their own, but you're missing out on the big improvements.

I can understand the hate in regards to forcing customers but you can't blame them really for trying to outline a free upgrade and try to get everyone onto the latest OS FREE OF CHARGE and away from an OS considered obsolete.

As for the whole "InformationGate" thing with privacy, cut to the chase people and open your eyes. If you valued your data that much, half of the services you're signed up to, you'd cut off years ago. Every company has personal data of yours in some form and just because it was found that Microsoft collects some data from you, everything goes up the wall. Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter the lot.

Use Google Now or a Google account on your Android phone? Collects data through your e-mails to tell you a package has been dispatched. Use Siri on your iPhone? Data is sent back to process and essentially provide you with recommendations.

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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs.

Running Windows 10?

Here's some "light" reading for you. https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/manage/disconnect-your-organization-from-microsoft

(If businesses/companies have to be aware of so much, and to have do so much just to keep their information private from MS, what chance do the "little people" like you and I have?)




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Microsoft accused of Windows 10 upgrade "nasty trick".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36367221

 




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