[quote=“hogger129, post:14, topic:398011, full:true”]
Disable it in the settings and then lock it down with a tool like O&O ShutUp10 so that Microsoft cannot re-enable it with Windows Update. Either that, or move back to the old versions of Windows like 7 or 8.1, which have less intrusive privacy features. On a side note, surprised Windows 7 is not supporting the newer hardware, even though Microsoft says it receives updates until January 2020.[/quote]Win7 is loosing support in 2020 and 8.1 has so much wrong with it that it’s not a good alternative.
[quote=“hogger129, post:14, topic:398011, full:true”]It really is getting to be where Linux is becoming the only alternative if you value your privacy - until the advertisers and governments figure out a way to get into that platform too.[/quote]Linux is not even a alternative-there so much infighting in Linux Distro they can’t make themselves a good alternative.
[quote=“hogger129, post:14, topic:398011, full:true”]I reverted back to Windows 8.1 as I was having lots of driver problems with my wi-fi in Windows 10, and I haven’t noticed Microsoft re-enabling any of the privacy settings I turned off. I check after every update.[/quote]So far I didn’t have to do like you did - I installed on a Dell 1525 that came with XP, Vista I loaded the Vista drivers and it worked fine in Windows 10x64 Pro. You can find updated drivers on the manufacture hardware site rather then looking at the PC maker manufacture. So one needs to do some homework to find the right drivers to work from the hardware maker before saying it can’t.
[quote=“hogger129, post:14, topic:398011, full:true”]Other than the privacy issues mentioned and the driver problem I experienced, it doesn’t seem like the worst operating system Microsoft has put out. But I don’t see any advantage it gives me over Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell. I really wish Crossover/WINE would step it up and get the more popular Windows apps like iTunes working right so that I can switch to Linux Mint permanently.[/quote]I find it far more advantage over Win8.1 without even using classic Shell. I just remove the Tiles and close the open space and it works just like Windows 7 without even having to use Classic Shell. So your over doing it just to make it more customized - I took the time and effort to learn more on Win10 and how to make it customize to look like Win7 without using 3rd party to just make do what I wanted it to do.