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Microsoft strikes again.
« on: September 07, 2018, 04:20:57 PM »
Went downstairs for a cup of coffee and when I can back there was the blue screen waiting for me with advice that Win 10 needed to be updated. Ran it and after about a half a dozen reboots and 10 or so minutes later it started. Then the PHUN started, some moron at Microsoft decides that they are going to reset all of you settings back to their default.

I used a gadget called WinAero to set all of the font sizes again, how to turn off the small arrow on the icons and a pile of other settings and got it almost back to how I had it. There is still a shield on the taskbar that you cannot turn off but I downloaded another version of SpyBot Anti-Beacon to turn off some extra telemetry and it seems to be working OK. Just wasted a couple of hours fixing everything.  :icon13:

This is what I got out of it.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.254]
(c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
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Re: Microsoft strikes again.
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2018, 06:24:07 PM »
Strangely enough, I can't find many reports on personalised settings being reset etc, but you might like this one:
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There's absolutely nothing there that I need or want. But I had no choice. During the update, Microsoft changed my display language and turned on password protected sharing. It also deleted the quick start toolbar from my taskbar. There may be other changes that I haven't found yet.

At no time during the update did I receive any notification about these changes. Every time Windows 10 updates, I have to spend hours tracking down and fixing unwanted changes.

Why do you do these things, Microsoft? Is there a setting that lets me protect my personalization settings from your stupid unwanted "feature" updates?

I have the same question (135)
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Micrsoft should be charged for crimes against humanity

Googling update "personal settings" windows 10 site:answers.microsoft.com produces more angry threads.

There is also an impressing list of problems with Win10 updates at TechRadar.

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Re: Microsoft strikes again.
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2018, 06:50:58 PM »
Thanks, that was an interesting article, I did not have the problems noted there as I an running a desktop but changing everything back to their default made a mess of the configuration I use and wasted the bulk of an afternoon fixing it as the settings are all over the place.
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Re: Microsoft strikes again.
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2018, 08:19:07 PM »
I'am also reminded of some nice toys that deal with this type of problem.....
Available here : https://www.getblackbird.net/
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Re: Microsoft strikes again.
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2018, 09:28:51 PM »
https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/blackbird.html
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I ran Blackbird 0.9.98 on several Win7 boxes and all of them hung at the end.
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Re: Microsoft strikes again.
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2018, 09:57:19 PM »
Hi Hutch,

I've reinstalled the system many times, bloated programs can be easily removed, you need to know how to remove it. All telemetry settings can be blocked only on the Enterprise version, so it's important to buy a license in ebay for example. After installing Windows 10, do not connect your computer to the Internet, then run the program, quality product from Germany https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10, turn on all the options on green lights, restart the system. Next, we need to remove the remaining bloated programs. This can be done with scripts - https://github.com/W4RH4WK/Debloat-Windows-10, we need two scripts, remove-default-apps.ps1 and experimental_unfuckery.ps1, the rest is duplicated in scripts. After running the script from the administrator, we reboot again. Almost everything is ready, we still need to install the program Windows Firewall Control https://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php, and Dism++ https://www.chuyu.me/en/index.html this program can remove the rest of the app, on the menu Appxs. All these actions use official mechanisms to turn off telemetry. Therefore, they are more stable than any other hack. If you still had access to the Internet, in this case, you need to repeat the same actions, only in the last step, you need to delete more app manually with Dism++. For this you need to delete in stages, three programs, for example, and a reboot. The trick is that these programs are being strengthened in the system, so its important to break their connection, or do not allow to break the logic of deletion, since the programs are often related to each other. Now my system is completely clean. The next update may change the shutup10 privacy flags, so it needs to be checked. I personally dont have any app, the cortana is deleted, the defender of Windows is completely removed, and most importantly I don't have any connections to unknown servers.  :t

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Re: Microsoft strikes again.
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2018, 01:40:53 AM »
Its the telemetry and the settings changes that drive me nuts, this box has about 14.5 TB of storage so its not their apps that bother me but the endless changes with the auto-update keep making a mess of the installation. Mine was done once when I first configured the machine. I have Windows defender disabled and use MalwareBytes for on demand scanning.

I have a toy called Spybot Anti Beacon to kill the telemetry and for the settings that they messed up this time I have used the current version of WinAero Tweaker to change a number of settings so the interface is back to what I normally use. To stop them and any other dork from resetting my desktop I use a toy called desktopOK where you save the desktop configuration so if they try and mess it up, I can fix it immediately.

I also enabled God mode after I found a link to it. I know where most of the settings are but this is a lot faster finding them.
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