Indeed , thats why i do my research and make sure the info is correct , that info link is accurate i'm afraid . I would like to hear what you know that is definitely not factual .
The majority of things being posted is easily accessible for anybody to read since MS posted it , the games part i don't care about , it's all the other stuff.
No one has the right to restart you PC if you don't want to...
Are you sure the guy didn't disable remote suppot and access to the PC via System config - > advanced settings? You can prevent MS from dong that... or not?
If your a porn aficionado just cover yourself up if sitting in front of the monitor , you don't want Gates watching and observing what your doing if your sitting there in the buff.
You can always block access to Microsoft ip addresses in a firewall, but eventually you would need to open it up to download maintenance. Is there a way to apply maintenance offline - download it on another PC (maybe running Win7), put it on a portable or shared device, and install it when the Win 10 box cannot reach Microsoft?
Consider the following extract -- directly from the Microsoft Services Agreement https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/servicesagreement/(bold added for emphasis)We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.
That means MS reserves the right to download software that prevents you from playing counterfeit games. Whether or not that software actually deletes the games is entirely up to MS. But, nonetheless, they are messing around with games you have installed on your PC.
8. Software License. Unless accompanied by a separate Microsoft license agreement (for example, if you are using a Microsoft application that is included with and a part of Windows, then the Windows Software License Terms govern such software), and except as provided in section 14(b)(i) below for applications available through the Office Store, the Windows Store or the Xbox Store, any software provided by us to you as part of the Services is subject to these Terms.So Windows is explicitly excluded from the agreement. And just to be sure, there is a link to a list of "Services":
Microsoft Services Agreement
Windows is not included.
Now, I won't be at all surprised to find the same worrisome wording in the "Windows Software License Terms". After a bit of digging I found that agreement (or at least part of the agreement) at
I haven't read all of it yet, but a brief scan found "counterfeit" only in reference to checking Windows during activation. (The other agreement's reference to "counterfeit games" was in relation to Xbox as near as I could tell.)
I do not see anything about agreeing to let Windows collect and send data to Microsoft so I assume there is another agreement somewhere.
I do see:
6. Updates. The softwareperiodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorized sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.In other words, by accepting the agreement we allow Microsoft to suck dry all the bandwidth of slow speed connections at any time it wants. I'm sure glad I finally got off my slow speed DSL "high speed internet" (Hah!) connection and onto cable. For those still on slow speed lines, too bad; Microsoft doesn't care.
groze - Thank you for the link. I will check and do the needful.
For one, I'm not concerned about pirated software, hardware or other things, because I do not use any of that. I use legal software and hardware which is as per my country's policies.
What matters the most to me is privacy - like I mentioned earlier, I use PC for net banking, online shopping, paying bills and routine things. It would not be cool if anyone is spoofing this data out of my pc. That would be one BIG privacy concern for me!
I assume that most people across the globe would be using their PC for these routine things (bills, banking, shopping, etc), besides games and software. Also, I read that the information is shipped on a non-secure connection. Which makes it even more risky. Identity theft and other such things are going to increase many fold.
iOS and Android are no different, which is why I do not use any of these features from either. I try to share as little as possible with google, facebook, etc.
I have a friend who pirates films, and software. He is having no problems with Windows 10.