Why Should I Not Use Windows10?

Windows10

Here are a list of important things you should know about Windows10, even after its release in 2015, this is one thing that has not changed.

First the very long, 12,000 word-service agreement you enter into without reading it, because if you have read it, chances are you would delete it or not accepted the free Windows 10 upgrade.

The most important part everyone can understand in their extensive agreement:

Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:

1.Comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies

2.Protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone.

3.Operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks.

4.Protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.

As invasive as it is, Microsoft says it does allow Windows 10 users to opt out of all of the features that might be considered invasions of privacy.

Myth: By disabling all privacy compromising and telemetry features on Windows 10 will stop Microsoft to track your activities.

Fact: Even after all telemetry features disabled, Windows 10 is sending your data over and over again to Microsofts servers, actually 5500 times per day.

Want to try to opt-out:

What to do first is, open Settings and click on Privacy. There, you’ll find 13 different screens, which will need your attention and disable everything. However, users are opted in by default and even after you have opted out and turned off all privacy invasion part of the operating system, they still continue gathering your information.

Windows10 still contacts OneDrive, MSN and other services even after you have activated privacy-protecting options and turned off Cortana and Bing. While sending less information, than default, the information sent, still identifies you.

The information sent to and requested by Microsoft, including those associated with the company’s cloud storage service, OneDrive, and an unknown content delivery network, have a user identification number attached to it.

You should know that after this was discovered around the world, Microsoft sent out updates to Windows7 users, making it the same Malware and removing notes on what the latter updates does.

According to NetMarketShare’s September 2018 data, 40.88% are still using Windows 7. Now compare this to the 37.44% who have moved on to the latest operating system, Windows 10.

What does this imply? Users of Windows7 think that it is safer to use? Well, yes and no, because you can't allow updates after a certain date and that makes you an even more vulnerable target than usual.

Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, but the extended support won’t end until January 14th, 2020.

Note: Computer used for the test were using a local login to Windows 10, not a Microsoft account and the information sent to and requested from Microsoft are not related to searches made.

Now, if sending your personal data to Microsoft doesn't matter, just as long as you can use Windows10, then why does it matter if a website collects your data?

Why should you stop using Windows10?

  1. Data syncing is by default enabled.
    • Browsing history and open websites.
    • Apps settings.
    • WiFi hotspot names and passwords.
  2. Your device is by default tagged with a unique advertising ID.
    • Used to serve you with personalized advertisements by third-party advertisers and ad networks.
  3. Cortana can collect any of your data.
    • Your keystrokes, searches and mic input.
    • Calendar data.
    • Music you listen to.
    • Credit Card information.
    • Purchases.
  4. Microsoft can collect any personal data.
    • Your identity.
    • Passwords.
    • Demographics.
    • Interests and habits.
    • Usage data.
    • Contacts and relationships.
    • Location data.
    • Content like emails, instant messages, caller list, audio and video recordings.
  5. Your data can be shared.
    • When downloading Windows 10, you are authorizing Microsoft to share any of above-mentioned data with any third-party, with or without your consent.

Here are some other, more critical reasons for you to turn into a Linux user:

The update to come in May for Windows10 users, migth seem like an improvement, giving the user some control over its features.

But if look at the history of updates from 2016 to 2018, they have introduced more problems, than they were supposed to solve.

"Windows 10 security updates pose a different kind of problem. They usually don’t break as many things as the feature updates, but they’re inconvenient and annoying. Microsoft interrupts whatever you’re doing and forces you to either schedule the update in the near future or update immediately. Security updates are essential, it’s Microsoft’s method of delivering them that’s the problem".

Memory support is limited in Windows10, compared to Linux:

The Linux kernel used by 64-bit Ubuntu for example, can theoretically recognize up to 17.2 billion GB of physical memory.

Windows 10 Home 32-Bit           4GB
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit           128GB
Windows 10 Pro 32-Bit               4GB
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit               512GB
Windows 10 Enterprise 32-Bit    4GB
Windows 10 Enterprise 64-Bit    512GB
Windows 10 Education 32-Bit    4GB
Windows 10 Education 64-Bit    512GB

Built-in advertisement hindering the user to login into Windows10.

The Windows 10 May 2019 update was rolled out on May 22nd, while it was supposed to solve some of the awkward problems of the last update, it seems that Microsoft has added advertisements to the login screen.

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