I don't think it's so much that "smart guys" think W-10 is the greatest OS ever, more that it is nowhere near as bad as many would have you believe.
There are a lot of conspiracy theorists out there with a pretty radical view of Windows 10's data collection behavior, much of which is vastly overstated and in many cases entirely unwarranted.
If Windows 10 is setup properly, purely for desktop use, the level of telemetry is no greater than in Windows 7 or 8.1. Certainly less than both Google and Apple.
April 29, 2013
This W10 intrusiveness is getting a little boring. I may not be the smartest PC user on DCT but I do still know a little math. I have 3 PC's that I either had to run an unsupported Windows OS, Linux, or W10. If I had had to pay for W10 it would have cost me close to 600 dollars for W10 Pro I am using. I for one could care less for the data MS collects, as long as no FBI agents come knocking on my door.
Being smart is one thing but being paranoid is something all together but we either use W10 or move on to greener pastures.
April 17, 2016
You and I have a choice as to what OS we use, but the average person picking up a new PC at the local Office Supply store or Walmart, do NOT have that choice. When they get it home and find out it's not like their daddy's PC, they will call someone like me, a Computer Tech, to help then deal with it. So that's why I run a test version of Windows 10 and ask questions as to how I can make it faster, safer and more user friendly.
I've pretty well got the faster and more user friendly down pat, but it's the 'safer' that still have me asking questions. So here I am.....
And getting into that "Privacy" page allows me to turn OFF a bundle of things that involve our 'Privacy'. Thanks for the link to that page. I might have otherwise not found it.
I've discovered, over the years, that when we make a choice within a GUI, that change becomes a number in the registry. A "Yes" answer in the GUI might become a "1" in the registry, whereas a "NO" answer in the GUI would become a "0" in the registry.
So in the above example where we can set "Feedback" to one of three different settings, I can only guess that somewhere we're setting a number in the registry. Possibly, we might find a 1, 2, or 3, as dictated by our choice in the GUI, but maybe a "0" would disable Feedback all together. It would be interesting to find out for sure.
I'm definitely NOT a Registry Guru, but hopefully someone who IS, will clear up that question.
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You seem to be under the impression that the telemetry in Windows 10 is somehow harmful or sinister, that simply is not the case. Data collected through the Feedback system for example is completely anonymous diagnostic data used only to help improve/enhance the OS for all users.
Don't listen to the conspiracy theorists, the so-called "privacy issues" in Windows 10 are no different to any time you open a browser and surf the net. No more than what most organizations such as Google, Mozilla, Apple, etc. have been doing for years.
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