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Microsoft is now providing a time and date that your PC will auto-upgrade to Windows 10 [Update]
And yes, Windows 10 does upgrade without making you agree to a EULA. It happened at work last week and the guy to whom it happened couldn’t find his files again.

You can't turn off Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Cortana, the personal digital assistant that replaced Windows 10’s search function and taps into Bing’s servers to answer your queries with contextual awareness, no longer has an off switch. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana. Refusing to download the Anniversary Update is not an option. You can delay it, but since Windows 10 updates are mandatory for home users, you’ll eventually receive the update. You can also take a few steps to limit Cortana's reach on your system. First, head to Start > Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing. Now click on Stop getting to know me and then select Turn off. This effectively makes Cortana deaf to the sound of your voice as well as blind to your typing history and—for stylus wielders— handwriting patterns. It also turns off system-wide dictation.

With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy: EFF A Deep Dive

August 2016 Windows 10 update stops webcams working Soon after Windows Update 1607 was distributed in early August, many people started reporting webcam problems to Microsoft via its support site. The trouble affected both webcams connected via USB cables or on the same network and meant either that footage could not be streamed, or that images froze after a while. The problems even affected webcams working with Skype and Lync - both companies owned by Microsoft.

The Ultimate Windows 10 Secrutiy Guide - Security Guide @heimdalsecurity #cybersecurity #Windows10 security

Microsoft tweaks TCP stack in Windows Server and Windows 10

Prevent DOS

Additional Registry Entries, information about registry entries (also called registry values) that can be used in addition to the Group Policy settings you define for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.

TCP keepalives for TCP/IP for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista are disabled by default.
Countermeasure: Configure the KeepAliveTime entry to a value of 300000 or 5 minutes.

Just how easy it is for anyone to get your SSN
Social Security Death Master File, free Sorted by birth date, and by number. This is a privately owned genealogy website using a purchased copy of the Social Security Death Master File.

Windows 10 upgrades will cost money after July 29 2016

not true

you can still
get it for free

You can still get Windows 10 for free with this trick
The software giant has introduced a "free upgrade offer extension" for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who use assistive technologies.

While, technically, the free upgrade offer for the general public has ended, Microsoft has introduced a loophole with this extension that lets anyone get Windows 10 for free.
All you need to do is download an EXE file from Microsoft's hidden away accessibility site, and the Windows 10 upgrade will commence without any checks. Microsoft says it has not announced an end date for the upgrade extension, and the company will make a public announcement when it plans to remove the free Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users.


For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who have resisted the move to Windows 10 it means the upgrade prompts will disappear. Third-party apps have allowed many to disable the notifications, and system administrators can kill the process for business machines.

Download Windows 10 build 14352 ISO 2016 Hacking Tutorials
Start menu & Action Center In this new flight, Microsoft isn’t introducing significant changes on the Start menu, but there is a new tweak. When you open Start, Microsoft has changed the label from 0-9 to # for the group of apps which names begin with a number.



Windows 10 free upgrades on July 29, but don’t worry: “As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29, but we want to clarify that that deadline will *not* apply to customers who use assistive technologies.”

How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade It’s now possible for your computer to be updated to Windows 10 without your explicit content.

Windows Lifecycle Support you neet to read the fine print.

Support for Windows 7 untill 2020, get the service pack
After doing a bit of research and querying the list I decided to go with 7 and download 10 while it's still free for possible later use. My primary concern is privacy and auto updates. I always had major problems after major updates with XP and Vista. 10 Pro gives you options that the home version doesn't but you still have to update eventually. Like OK Google, Cortana is spyware. I'd rather run Windows 95 than volunteer that much data. If privacy and update issues are eventually addressed to my satisfaction, I'll update to 10. If not, I'll consider Ubuntu or some other OS.

The latest chips from Intel or any other manufacturer won’t be supporting the older versions of Windows, so Windows 10 will only work on latest PCs.

A simple tool to disable Windows 10 upgrade and recover up to 6GB of disk space

If you are within 30 days of the upgrade and do not like it, you can roll back to your former operating system.
CNET or PCWorld will give instructions how. CNET has fewer advertisments. And if you happen to have had Win8, that **is** still supported. You will NEVER be able to leave the O/S you roll back to. Definite drawback.

If you choose to upgrade then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don't love it."

3/10/16 Windows deploys a trojan horse
Microsoft has been very aggressive on getting Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10. The company has introduced a "Get Windows 10" system tray icon, moved the upgrade to "recommended" category in Windows Update, and even initiated the OS download automatically. The latest trick is almost comical -- KB3139929 is an actual security update for Internet Explorer, but it also deploys a trojan horse, KB3146449, which is an advertisement generator for Internet Explorer. On computers not joined to a domain, it adds a blue banner when a user opens a new tab, saying "Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10".

Update KB3156421 slows down Windows 10 PCs/Laptops. Microsoft itself has announced yesterday that the latest cumulative update comes with a known bug that makes several PCs very slow once it is installed on Windows 10. Fortunately, there’s a possible fix if your PC is affected.
The simplest way to fix this slowdown issue caused by the update is to simply disable Cortana. In order to disable Cortana, click in the Cortana search box to bring up Cortana. Then open the Notebook and hit the Settings button. Move the slider under “Cortana can give you suggestions, ideas, reminders, alerts and more.” to “Off”. However, if still want to continue using the personal assistant on your computer, there’s still no fix available for the moment.

Windows Security Update for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB3087985)

What Is The $WINDOWS.~BT Folder On My Hard Drive?

Microsoft starts downloading Windows 10 automatically through windows 10 update



Windows 10 holdouts

Uninstall Windows Updates KB3068708, KB3022345 and Fix Errors

How to get started with windows 10


Fix windows 10
By default, Windows sends a lot of your information to their servers sometimes without asking you to opt-in. Follow this guide to fix Windows 10 and restore your privacy.

Microsoft has officially released a brand new build of Windows 10, Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 14279

Windows 10 Spyware - No More
Dec 7, 2015 By enabling a few outbound firewall rules you can virtually defeat Microsoft's data gathering. Beat them at their own game from within Windows 10.



ubuntu on Windows 10

Restoring Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 - you have options!

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