Windows 10's Worst Feature Installed On Windows 7 And Windows 8
Software specialist site gHacks (external - login to view)
has discovered that Microsoft has pushed four new updates to both Windows 7 and Windows 8 which introduce new data collecting and user behaviour tracking features.
Furthermore gHacks notes that ” these four updates ignore existing user preferences stored in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (including any edits made to the Hosts file) and immediately starts exchanging user data with vortex-win.data.microsoft.com and settings-win.data.microsoft.com.
“ These, and maybe others, appear to be hardcoded which means that the Hosts file is bypassed automatically”, gHacks explains.
The Windows 7 and Windows 8 Advantage
While this development will inevitably amuse Windows 10 users (unless they are considering a downgrade), the clear benefit of Windows 7 and Windows 8 at this point is updates are not mandatory.
This means Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can choose not to download the updates or, if they have already been installed, they can be uninstalled and neither operating system will automatically reinstall them without user permission.
Taking this a step further, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can right click on any updates shown by Windows Update and choose ‘Hide Update’. This will stop them being searched for and accidentally installed again.
If only Windows 10 users were so lucky….
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