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My current Windows 7 pro install is starting to get buggy and I'm planning on doing a clean install soon.
While I could just reinstall Windows 7, I'm considering giving Windows 10 Pro a try.

We've all read the concerns about privacy.
I will run anti-beacon. I also recently switched my router to DD-WRT, altough I haven't done any firewall configuring yet. I'll set this up as well.

Is there anything else I can do?


I find the new "metro" interface completely hideous and feel like Microsoft optimised its operating system for 2-digit IQ's. I will run Start10 (already have a licence).
I'll also be using the "classic explorer" and the Godmode.

Are there any other good tools I should know about?


Windows 10 supports the new "ReFS" filesystem. I've done some reading on it and it seems like it's pretty good for archiving and data integrity, but doesn't offer much for normal use? All my important data is stored on my small NAS, homeserver and in an off-site backup. Does if offer big advantages for normal users compared to NTFS? Windows 7 does NOT support it, so if I decide to ragequit Windows 10 and get back into 7, I won't be able to read my data, right?


Is there a good tool to give me an overview of Windows updates I should avoid? (If I can, at all?)


Aside from the settings you enter when installing your PC, are there any other settings that should be changed? (Like the driver Windows update thingy?)


Or, should I just forget and ditch Windows 10 at all? rolleyes.gif
I'm sticking with Haswell until Skylake-E comes out. MS said it won't support anything after Skylake. Does this include or exclude SL-E?


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You will find that the regular, Win 7 type desktop is still there in WIn 10. No need for anything else.

As for updates, I've found that just letting them just download and not install, perusing them and then installing the ones I want, which is pretty much all of them, work the easiest. Even if you do get a bad one, Microsoft is getting pretty good (and fast) at fixing their screw ups.

I have had the metro and standard desktops available both on two computers/three installs, thinking I'd just "gravitate" to the desktop I liked the best - I'm still on the Wun 7 style desktop on all three after nearly a year. Merto has it's uses, but, for me at least, those are few and far between.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1564513/moving-to-windows-10-or-not-that-is-the-question

You will find all your answers there.

Privacy - This has been proven without a doubt that it cannot be turned off. Even if you use DWS and O&O. They do a decent job at it. The guys who did the testing proved it cannot be turned off. Even Micro$oft says can't here: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/102542/20151103/microsoft-says-it-cannot-stop-windows-10-from-spying-on-you-doesn-t-think-you-should-be-concerned.htm
As for the UI and feel? Windows 2000, a 16 year old OS looks better than Windows 10. When I tried Windows 10 and lost a HDD for doing so. It was my newest drive with only 2500 hrs on it. It screwed my HDD to the point I had to return it. Luckily the RMA was instant. Plus I have that particular drive backed up. Not sure if the file system caused the issue.
Windows 10 updates with Home & Pro get forced on you, meaning you can't pick and choose which ones you want. Best you can do is defer them. Enterprise version you can pick and choose as far as I know.
In terms of Skylake-E, you should be able to run an older OS. It just won't support the new features that come with the new CPU.
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