There’s a handy little program, can’t remember it’s name but I believe it’s from the same people that make spybot, it removes all of those annoying, invasive and pointless apps and background processes Microsoft insists you have so they can gather better marketing and user data (yay?), and it automatically stops new updates from resetting these back to win10s defaults (seriously why have Ms not gotten sued over this crap yet? Or have they?).
Remember the “hey everyone gets win10 free if you update now” debacle?
I had a netbook that would have been crippled by win10 minimum requirements, and I kept saying no everytime I booted up. Then they changed the side that yes and no were on after people had gotten declining down to muscle memory, luckily I spotted this. I know of two friends parents who got caught out by this and it bricked their system. Microsofts helpline recommendations? Update your system spec or buy a new laptop.
Then they changed the choices to “yes” or “yes but schedule it for another day” with a tiny little hidden option down the bottom for “no”.
They even fired their entire windows team at one point during its development because they had ethical problems with what Ms wanted to do with their new OS’s and consoles (remember how awful XB1 was going to be?)
This was in the height of data gathering, before Snowden came out about NSAs backdoors and collusions with large tech company’s and while it was known to some before all this about browsers and websites gathering user data for third parties (which you had to go far out of your way to turn off) it was a long time before countries and governments brought in regulations to make companies be transparent on the data they’re gathering and who they are sharing it with.
That’s the unfortunate thing about regulations, shit has to really hit the fan before they’re brought in, and it’s a slow process. Take motor vehicles for example, it took many lives before regulations like seatbelts being required in all cars was a thing etc.
Sorry, feeling very anti corporation today XD some of my rambles are half remembered nonsense facts but you get what I mean.