One think @Mystere , New features could be optional if a subscription is required. Don't pay for the subscription you don't get the new features.
Not being able to hide Skype (Windows 8) or Bing Search (Windows 7) in Windows update bugs me big time. You can hide it but the next time you check for updates its unhidden again. It's optional, but it still irks me having it pushed at me over and over again. One wonders what's the next step?
I know you are kidding, no one wants another monthly bill to pay, since they are already paying for internet service. Anyway, let say Microsoft required a subscription for the Operating System. In the U.S. the Windows 10 Oem device boxes would have to come with a warning that a monthly subscription to Microsoft would be required and a subscription to high speed internet service is strongly suggested. Also, this would have to be agreed to at checkout as well.
In the U.S. we also have bait & switch laws. Microsoft need to issue another version of windows if they don't do subscription when windows 10 is rtm.
I agree with Mystere's last post.
I've never been very selective in the past and won't be in the future. And I certainly know that most people I know have absolutely zero knowledge of what to allow and what to stop!
Yes, drivers may be an exception to the rule, but it is rare that even these cause problems (but I have one with a Synaptics driver on an older laptop with 10074!!).
I am optimistic about the path being taken by MS with win 10 and look forward to the final release and, yes, the updates as well!
The only "major" issue I've had is LAN connection problems in some of their earlier releases.
All of the upgrades have worked although I did do another clean install (b9878?) to see if my LAN problems were due to a glitch related the upgrade.
What I said was MS has released a bunch of dodgy updates in the last two years.
It had to do with some CPU/motherboard feature that W8.1 needed that W8 didn't.
The new system may reduced the likelihood of dodgy updates, but it won't eliminate them.
Apple (who apparently write perfect software ) can't even get it right, despite the fact that they have the massive advantage of a tiny "hardware ecosystem".
Are you claiming that MS has never released any dodgy updates?