Originally Posted by white owl
I totally agree, I'd prefer Vulcan over DX12 (obvious reasons) but at this point I'd really appreciate the industry adopting either. I don't understand a lot of the games that were made which support both, maybe it's different today but I remember every single title being worse on 12. AMD's cards did a bit better than comparable Pascal cards but I think both still did better using 11. I think I'm just missing out on the point of doing both.
I actually liked 7 a lot, most things I played with were regedits but I also stripped the .ISO down to a minimum several times for various reasons, same for 10. I played around with custom skins a bit but I was never really happy with the outcome.
O&O is enough to make 10 act like 7 and it's much easier than making a custom .ISO
I'm not basing my PC off of your needs or wants, 10 is a really good improvement over 7 but I had the same complaints everyone else did with bloatware, mandatory updates, OneDrive, advertising and so on (at first it wasn't like that) so I disabled them manually at first, then made custom .ISOs before finding O&O which I actually prefer over every stripped .ISO I made or tried for my gaming rig. Stripping down the .ISO did result in a smaller size as well as lower idle hardware use but to do that I loose out on features I actually want.
If I wanted the OS you were describing I just wouldn't use Windows, the only reason I primarily use Windows is because it plays all the games and it boots really fast which is great for overclocking.
Overall, it took a LOT of trial and error to get the ISO modded to the point where I keep functionality, but either rid the OS of the spyware or kneecap it in such a way where it doesn't function, while leaving full functionality for my software suites. Now, there is a little performance hit, likely due to certain parts polling to removed modules used for telemetry monitoring that were removed, but the hit is generally under 5% (average is around 2%, but there are a couple outlier programs that get more of a hit). I've now got it fairly good where it is stable, but without all the negative elements, while keeping the features I care about. Some things I couldn't gut without destroying fully the functionality, so kneecaps and workarounds were required. And to be clear, I have to do the same to get rid of spyware on LTSC, so I see no benefit to that over the full Enterprise ISO, which does carry some features not available under the LTSC that I see as beneficial for my uses.
Please forgive the gruffness of the first response, I've just been modding MS windows for a long while now and find Win 10 to be the absolute worst from them on amount of work it requires me to do to get the software to behave the way I want it (and to cut out the monitoring of activities on MY devices). WaaS is BS, and now we are seeing the monitoring spread into other programs and games, proliferating like a plague across the computing communities. I find people don't know what they are giving up as being a primary reason that has allowed for that proliferation. But I digress on that point.
My main purpose in addressing that was to encourage people to dig deeper, learn more, and gain more control over their devices. Many stop with O&O and software to change the start menu functionality. That is fine. But learning the intricacies of shaping the OS can also be very rewarding (at least until I master compiling my own Linux kernels, which I am learning in my spare time with some success, and some failures, lol).