Surely you’ve already read that Windows 10 includes some pretty disappointing user tracking baked into it. Microsoft is also pushing this tracking down to its Windows 7 and 8 operating systems.
Aside: I get the Win 10 thing. It’s free. Do what you want with your free operating system. But quietly inserting anti-privacy shit into operating systems that people have already paid for? Ludicrous. Offensive. Ridiculous. It’s prompted me to finally get off my ass and move all the machines I can off of Windows and onto Linux, for good.
Anyway, yeah, MS is pushing this stuff into your operating system without really giving you any indication. The current list of updates that should trouble you are as follows:
You can remove these updates via command line thusly:
wusa /uninstall /KB:2952664 /norestart /quiet
wusa /uninstall /KB:2990214 /norestart /quiet
wusa /uninstall /KB:3021917 /norestart /quiet
wusa /uninstall /KB:3022345 /norestart /quiet
wusa /uninstall /KB:3035583 /norestart /quiet
wusa /uninstall /KB:3044374 /norestart /quiet
wusa /uninstall /KB:3068708 /norestart /quiet
wusa /uninstall /KB:3075249 /norestart /quiet
wusa /uninstall /KB:3080149 /norestart /quiet
In fact, you can save the above to a .bat file and run it. This takes them off, but unfortunately doesn’t prevent them from presenting themselves for install in the future. To fix that you’ll have to head to Windows Update, let it scan what you’re missing, and then go through that list hunting for each of these. When you come across one, right click it and choose to hide it.
This is the list for now… I sincerely doubt this is where it will end, however. Have you tried Linux lately?