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    Windows 10 wonít stop talking to Microsoft, even if you tell it to

    More on Windows 10 and "Privacy""

    It seems that Windows 10 won’t stop talking to Microsoft, even if you tell it to ...

    Here's a sample of the text in the following article:

    "Windows 10 seems to transmit information to the server even when OneDrive is disabled and logins are using a local account that isn't connected to a Microsoft Account. The exact nature of the information being sent isn't clear"

    See the full article here:
    Last edited by petesmst; 2015-08-14 at 04:15. Reason: Added link
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    The remainder of the paragraph which you did not include - "it appears to be referencing telemetry settings—and again, it's not clear why any data is being sent at all. We disabled telemetry on our test machine using group policies."

    The article says that what they see seems pretty innocuous. Microsoft says that when you opt out personal information is not sent. You can choose to believe it or not. If people want to be upset they are free to do so. They are also free to choose another OS which will probably do the same thing if you subscribe to online services (either free or paid).


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    From the Microsoft apologist comments, it would appear that he believes it is the user's fault for using Windows 10, and they should go elsewhere if they don't want this to happen. Tsk, tsk.

    If Windows 10 is sending data (or something) back to Microsoft, despite the customer taking all precautions to avoid doing this, it is likely that Microsoft has a reason for doing this. And that reason is...??? It raises the question of why?

    Wishing that the customers would go away might end up being a real action they take if not satisfied with a Microsoft explanation. Does losing Windows 10 customers help Microsoft? It seems all a public relations issue.

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    I see no "Microsoft apologist" here. Have I missed something?

    cheers, Paul

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    There's quite a bit one can do to preserve bandwidth and privacy in W10, even if you are just mentally
    ill with paranoia;

    *Don't use Cortana or search period, especially if your looking for granny porn.
    *Turn off the usual tablet type culprits in the "settings" section, unless you actually have a tablet.
    *Disable event reporting.
    *Disable remote desktop.
    *Disable or limit Windows Defender feedback and auto-updating
    *Only look for WU once a month by disabling/re-enabling the WU service. (NUKE for advanced users only)
    *Do not use an MS account logon. (GIVEN)
    *Ensure tiled start menu apps are turned off. (wifi common sense)
    *Don't network anything.
    *Use Edge browser's privacy and cookie limitation settings.
    *Use apps that can spot check network activity.

    This works best for desktops but you'll (kind of) defeat the purpose in a tablet.
    Most of the info shared isn't really of any kind of a serious privacy concern at all.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2015-08-15 at 05:52.
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