rp88, there's a page that gets updated every 2-3 months that removes undesirable updates that may lead to the install of Windows 10. Plus it's important either to set Windows Update for manual check, or check & allow the user to download which ones wanted. Most non-security updates aren't desired. Yes I agree that these tactics are stepping across the line, the 'security update' for IE11 in essence, included what's known as a PUP.
Here's the page that will purge most all Telemetry & other unwanted updates for Windows 10. One must follow all steps, and the first part is made easy by the download of the provided .bat file. Bookmark & check back every 2-3 months.
Alternately, here is a .bat file to run the above commands. It must be run in an elevated command prompt. (Don’t forget to reboot afterwards. You can proceed to finish the next steps before rebooting.)
It's only the last part that I haven't done, blocking Internet access to the listed sites, because to do so will require it on each computer (some has 3 or more OS's), that makes for a lot of work. Of course these updates will be reoffered, but it should be common sense to hide these, otherwise why go through the trouble to begin with?
Post #44:"Will purchase an OEM version of 8.1 to install on the PC, that'll hold until 2023"
That's because I assist others, in person & online, in order to assist others running a particular OS, it's best to have a copy of my own. While Windows 10 was free to be, the only reason it's installed is to get a UEFI BIOS for my GPU installed, it won't flash under Windows 7, and furthermore, cannot run the PC (or upgraded MB) as intended, in full UEFI mode using the UEFI defaults click in the firmware. By doing so w/out a UEFI VBIOS, the screen goes black & must unplug & move a jumper over to clear the settings. The main reason why I want to do this, is the added benefit of GPT partitioning, even on small SSD's, there's a bit more performance. Doesn't matter if it's only 1% faster in benchmarks, that's still a gain.
Along with a few other speed tweaks, these adds up to be a nice gain in performance. No need to let new technology, especially if we have access to it (in our hands), left to waste. Being that this is not an OEM MB, rather one that I purchased & installed, Microsoft won't be able to use a 3rd party OEM, such as Dell or HP to pass along unwanted updates to firmware. Plus to further secure myself, have the 'wake on LAN' disabled.
I've already done a lot of research, and will be doing more to ensure my PC's doesn't become Microsoft zombies, am also saving for a custom build around the CPU I'm breaking in on my XPS 8700, which lacks an important feature needed for OEM's to do this in vPro, a wide open backdoor for Microsoft, Intel & OEM's to force feed these firmware updates. And unlike I was accused of on the Dell Hardware Forum, I haven't 'bought into' conspiracy theories, it's reality that it can happen, and likely does every day on the corporate level. That's one way of mass upgrading tens (or hundreds of) thousands of computers by pressing 'Enter' with the firmware open & ready for the OK to proceed, probably supervised by more than one in charge to prevent abuse/sabotage by a disgruntled employee. Microsoft & the Big OEM's has the same tools, as does many world governmental agencies. Meaning one can have a Windows computer via an OEM, with only Linux installed, and still under control by both, if corrective actions aren't taken.
Oh, and that XPS 8700 will be the next on the list for a MB swap, that'll allow me to remove all Dell branding from the PC (other than the case), and with a 1150 Z97 MB, can add a fast M.2 SSD that makes SATA-3 look as though going in reverse. As far as the installed OS's, other than Linux Mint 17, all are Full or Upgrade editions of Windows & should activate w/out phoning in, since there are no COA's baked into the firmware, like with the MB upgrade above. Under Activation, there showed '3 days to activate', clicked the tab & was done in seconds (same with MS Office).
I was happy to grab myself that i7-4790K before pricing jumps to $400 or more (actually did hit the $450 level at one time), as pricing has already risen, there's no more $289-299 promos on Newegg for this chip.
And fortunately, none of the 6th gen CPU's has yet to make it in PassMark's Top 10 list of common CPU's, if so, the 4790K would top the 6700K cleanly (it already has). On the link of the 6700K it shows for reference only, doesn't when researching other CPU's. Plus the 4790K shows to a better value for the dollar, with a non-OC Turbo Boost of 4.4GHz versus 4.2GHz for the 6700K, why not? Smaller dies will cause Moore's Law to have less of an effect in future releases, many of which are designed more for energy efficiency, rather than sheer power. Was hoping to see 5Ghz Quad CPU's as stock (pre-Turbo Boost), the trend was pointing towards it just 2-3 years back, it's likely not going to happen.