Originally Posted by J7SC
I can go back all the way to Win 3.11 (inherited as a youngster on my first hand-me-down computer), then Win95/98, XP / 64, Vista (for '20 sec'), Win 7 64, 8, 8.1 and 10. I also had an early developer copy of Win 10. In addition, several different Windows Server versions including late-model ones.
It's not that I'm set in my ways re. GUI familiarity - if that would be the case, I would still be running my fav out of the above > XP 64. Win 8 was a confusing attempt to make Win 7 look like an iPhone (IMO), while 8.1 fixed some Win 8 stuff. Apart from the updates being forced down your throat (which you can address with a registry edit), I find Win 10 slower in some apps, but most importantly, I'm annoyed by the constant push / 'merge' into Microsoft-recorded activities, clouds, stores...it's just too nosy and pushy in the privacy of my home or work office. The GUI is the one thing I don't mind about Win 10...
Ha! I tried the registry hacks, I deleted the service, I listed all of my internets as "Metered", nothing I did could stop it from updating. A friend also fought his, including messing with powershell, and it kept coming back like an STD.
Simply put, I purely use my W7 computer. I never have to fool with anything. My 10 laptop is currently pretty stable with few updates, but I like to go for 6 months (1 semester) with zero shutdowns or downtime. Waking up to find everything I had open suddenly closed in absolutely unacceptable. I should be able to defer updates until a time that works for me. W10 does not offer that to me. I can argue this until I'm blue in the face with users here, but they will endlessly disagree. According to them, my OS shouldn't serve me how I see fit, but instead should serve Microsoft how they see fit.
There are plenty of other issues as well, such as Msoft's strong instance on using their default programs (try accidentally clicking a link on the lock screen wallpapers which mysteriously find their way onto your computer) and tell me if it doesn't open in edge. Edge isn't and never will be my default browser.
tl;dr it's not the gui at all. It's about control and who's 'top dawg' of my computer.