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These are the facts straight from Microsoft. Remember, you do not own Win 10, you license it only. So MS can do what they like with it, whenever they like, without notifying you, as long as they deem it best for the optimal performance of THEIR operating system!!
By default Windows 10 Home is allowed to control your bandwidth usage, install any software it wants whenever it wants (without providing detailed information on what these updates do), display ads in the Start Menu (currently it has been limited to app advertisements), send your hardware details and any changes you make to Microsoft and even log your browser history and keystrokes which the Windows End User Licence Agreement (EULA) states you allow Microsoft to use for analysis
Last week changes to the Windows 10 upgrade path mean it is going to become increasingly difficult for any non-techy users to avoid being pushed to Microsoft MSFT +0.00%’s new operating system. But given Windows 10 is better than Windows 7 and Windows 8, why would that be a problem? Because of policies like this…
Speaking to PC World, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore explained that Windows 10 is constantly tracking how it operates and how you are using it and sending that information back to Microsoft by default. More importantly he also confirmed that, despite offering some options to turn elements of tracking off, core data collection simply cannot be stopped:
“In the cases where we’ve not provided options, we feel that those things have to do with the health of the system,” he said. “In the case of knowing that our system that we’ve created is crashing, or is having serious performance problems, we view that as so helpful to the ecosystem and so not an issue of personal privacy, that today we collect that data so that we make that experience better for everyone.”
This backs up detailed data that some had chosen to dismiss as conspiracy theories.
Still, whether or not you agree with Belfiore’s standpoint that this doesn’t invade user privacy, it does seem strange that it has taken Microsoft so long to come clean and admit core Windows 10 background data collection processes cannot be stopped. Instead it gave the impression that turning off all user accessible spying options in Windows 10 settings would provide owners with full privacy – that’s tantamount to spying
To his credit, Belfiore does recognise the controversial nature of this decision and stresses that:
“We’re going to continue to listen to what the broad public says about these decisions, and ultimately our goal is to balance the right thing happening for the most people – really, for everyone – with complexity that comes with putting in a whole lot of control.”
Interestingly Belfiore himself won’t be around to oversee this as he is about to take a year long sabbatical. When he comes back, however, I suspect this issue will still be raging as Windows and Devices Group head Terry Myerson recently confirmed Windows 10 Enterprise users will be able to disable every single aspect of Microsoft data collection.
This comes in combination with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users’ ability to permanently disable automatic updates which are forced upon consumers and shows the growing divide between how Microsoft is treating consumers versus corporations.
So how concerned should users be about Windows 10’s default data collection policies? I would say very.
By default Windows 10 Home is allowed to control your bandwidth usage, install any software it wants whenever it wants (without providing detailed information on what these updates do), display ads in the Start Menu (currently it has been limited to app advertisements), send your hardware details and any changes you make to Microsoft and even log your browser history and keystrokes which the Windows End User Licence Agreement (EULA) states you allow Microsoft to use for analysis.
The good news: even if Belfiore states you cannot switch off everything, editing your privacy settings will disable the worst of these. To find them open the Start menu > Settings > Privacy.
The bad news: despite Belfiore’s pledge “to continue to listen”, Microsoft’s actions (including the impending Windows 7 and Windows 8 upgrade pressure) suggests the company’s recent love for Big Brother tactics is only going to get worse before it gets better…
MS has supposedly issued an update to fix the bad update causing the endless boot loop problem many folks are having. MS do not say how you are supposed to do this new update in a machine that won’t start properly. The fix is currently under scrutiny from the tech world and I will report back with the results. I suggest NOT updating Win 10 until this fix is fully tested. If you have already fallen victim to the endless reboot loop after updating Win 10 the only reliable solution is to do a factory reset and block updates until they prove stable.
A new services agreement from Microsoft states that the company can prevent people from using pirated or “unauthorized third party” software or unauthorized hardware on Windows 10.
“We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices,” Microsoft explains in the agreement. “You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services.”
It’s not entirely clear what the company means by the “unauthorized hardware peripheral devices”. Counterfeit games, meanwhile, represent pirated software, and Windows 10 will have little tolerance for that.
It’s worth pointing out that the terms will not only affect Windows 10 users, but also users of other Microsoft services and software. The terms cover updates to Windows Live Mail, Skype, Maps, the OneDrive and OneNote apps, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Games from Microsoft.
The company further reserves the right to change the terms at any given time, pledging to notify users when it enforces new changes. Users don’t have to specifically agree to the new terms, as Microsoft will consider it an agreement if you use the services once the changes go into effect. As this has already occurred, your continued use of Microsoft services has been taken to mean that you agree to the terms. But if you don’t actually consent to these terms, Microsoft doesn’t leave you with many options: you can stop using the services and close your Microsoft and Skype account. Full article: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/75749/20150812/playing-pirated-games-on-your-pc-windows-10-could-block-them.htm
Users with AMD video cards are flooding Microsoft Forums with complaints about delayed boot-up issues, which are supposedly due to faulty AMD video card drivers. The most common problem is a delayed boot-up issue characterized by a black screen with a mouse cursor during the boot process, wherein users are reportedly forced to wait up to a minute on the same screen, before the login window appears. See more here: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/windows-10-how-fix-black-screen-boot-amd-driver-issues-after-upgrade-1514481
This morning I googled “Windows 10 problems” and received 370 million hits! Thats a lot of reading… There will be many fixes in the coming weeks, I suggest you begin from my earlier Win 10 posts and follow the new posts as I publish them. I will assume you have covered the old material and will not review those issues again unless there are new developments concerning them.
There is a long line of people waiting for the Win 10 upgrade from Microsoft. It can take days for you to get to the head of the line. Even after it starts downloading you must be patient. Remember, it is a large, 3.5Gb sized download.
Here are 2 more issues you need to be aware of when doing the Windows 10 upgrade.
1. After installing Windows 10, Feeling like your Internet Bandwidth is dropping away? Windows 10 is stealing your network bandwidth!!! Your computer running Windows 10 is used BY DEFAULT as part of a peer-to-peer network the same as a torrent to deliver software updates faster to others, each person distributing a little bit of the files across multiple computers and helping everyone download updates quickly. This peer-to-peer sharing method in Windows 10, named WUDO, is using your precious Internet bandwidth, without informing you about it.
To turn this feature OFF, follow these given steps:
See full article here: http://thehackernews.com/2015/08/windows-10-update.html
2. You should be aware of Windows 10’s Wi-Fi Sense feature that lets your friends automatically connect to your wireless network without providing the Wi-Fi password.
Note: I now have wifi again and can check my email in a timely manner.
“This is dangerous,” Esser explained in a blog post, “because it allows hackers to open or create arbitrary files owned by the root user anywhere in the file system. Furthermore, the opened log file is never closed and, therefore, its file descriptor is leaked into processes spawned by SUID binaries. This means child processes of SUID root processes can write to arbitrary files owned by the root user anywhere in the filesystem.”
Basic translation: If exploited, this allows an attacker to easily gain privilege escalation in Yosemite to hijack your Mac computer and take control of your system.