I'm running 10 Pro x64 on a machine with an i3 2120 @ 3.3GHz, 8GB DDR3 and a 300GB WD HLHX 10k RPM raptor drive. Also have NVIDIA Quardo NVS 420 video card with 3x Dell 1908FP monitors hooked up. Nothing crazy in terms of hardware but should be MORE THAN ENOUGH to run W10 Pro x64. This is not an OEM OS install, it is MSDN 10 Pro image. For other add-on software I have Nvidia graphics drivers (Version 341.92), Office Pro Plus 2013 (full install), Fire Fox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Sublime Text, Notepad++, VMware (CIP, Remote Console, Converter, vSphere Client), VNC viewer+server, WinSCP, Nuance PDF software, LSI MegaRaid MSM, 7-zip, Adobe Flash player and Auslogics Disk Defrag. That's it. (have a few other things like Cygwin & Putty that I forgot)
Again, nothing crazy and 10 Pro x64 should run fine. But it doesn't. It is so bad I need to make a change. Short term I'm debating between Linux (Ubuntu) or going back to 8.1 Pro x64 --and long term I'll probably go to OSX and dump MSFT everywhere I can except for VMs.
What can I do to trim down 10 Pro and get rid of all the crap/bloatware so it behaves like a traditional/old-school Windows OS? I have no control. Everything just keeps coming back, popping up or crashing. This is a work machine. I do my web browsing from a VM. There are no viruses, malware, etc. it is a very new/clean OS install. I want to get rid of Cortana, the store, the "life at a glance" thing, the apps & games that keep coming back, I want control over updates, I'd like to remove Windows Defender, the stupid stuff like alarm clock, people, calendar, camera, groove music, maps, mail, Edge, store, etc.
My experience with 10-pro is so bad it may be my last Windows OS. I've searched for many months and all I seem to find is pissing contests where threads get out of control because people find 'hack' ways to remove things which leads to other issues in the OS. I'm not looking to do that. I'm looking for a thin, clean, minimal ISO image or a way to build one. I'll gladly pay for another license to give it a shot. What can be done to remove the crap from 10? Thanks.