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Nothing surprises me about Microsoft anymore. They’ve always approached doing business in a very underhanded way, foisting products upon people, whether they like it or not. And they don’t seem to be very friendly towards users using third-party products, a point proven by their latest stunt.

Recently, a very big update to Windows 10 How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1511 Now How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1511 Now Can't seem to install the Windows 10 Fall Update? It wouldn't be the Microsoft we know and love, if there wasn't some kind of screw-up along the line. Let us help! Read More was released, which brought with it some nice improvements An Insider Review of the Windows 10 Fall Update An Insider Review of the Windows 10 Fall Update The Windows 10 Fall Update contains many minor improvements, a few feature updates, and a bunch of new settings. We show you what to expect and which default settings you might want to adjust. Read More . But what was not publicized in Microsoft’s fanfare was that the update very quietly reset your privacy settings, and reset the default apps back to Windows Store apps Don't Be Fooled! 5 Tips To Avoid Fake Apps In The Windows Store Don't Be Fooled! 5 Tips To Avoid Fake Apps In The Windows Store The Windows Store has been spoiled by useless junkware and scams. Microsoft recently purged many fake apps, but the store still features questionable apps. We show you how not to get scammed. Read More . Gee thanks Redmond.

Why, Microsoft, Why!?

Finding out that your customizations have all been wiped out will be particularly galling, if you have spent a great deal of time and effort getting your PC just right How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 Windows 10 makes a lot of decisions for the lazy user. If you would prefer to be your own master, you can set your own preferences. We show you how. Read More . And it is especially annoying, if you had absolutely no clue it had been done in the first place.

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Well, now it’s time to put things back the way they were. There’s no guarantee however that it won’t happen again with future patches.

Privacy First

Bring up your Start Menu (Windows key) and type Settings. Then when the box pops up, go to Privacy and then General.

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The first thing you will notice (if you previously turned it off) is that your “advertising ID” has been turned back on again. Since this means information is collected from you to feed you targeted ads How to Ban Windows 10 Ads & NSFW Content from Your Desktop How to Ban Windows 10 Ads & NSFW Content from Your Desktop Windows 10 may be crossing a line with desktop ads and NSFW content. Microsoft and third-party developers can push promotional material directly onto your desktop. We show you how you can defend yourself. Read More , I always switch this off. Nice try Microsoft, trying to sneak that one past me. Go ahead and turn that off again, but note that you will still see ads.

Opting Out of Personalized Browser Ads

Next, look to the bottom of that box and click on Manage my Microsoft advertising and other personalisation info. This will take you to this page, where you will perhaps notice that these have all been turned on, too (if they were previously off). Again, changing them back is as simple as clicking them off with the mouse.

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Default Apps

OK, now go back to your Settings box and click on System. There, you will find an option for Default Apps. You will need to look here to see if Microsoft has changed the default apps back to their own Windows Store products, as many people are suggesting on places such as Reddit.

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Indeed, my Skype was replaced by something new called “Skype Video”. My music and video player was changed to Windows Media Player This Is How You Can Add External Subtitles On Windows Media Player This Is How You Can Add External Subtitles On Windows Media Player Adding subtitles in Windows Media Player is easy. All you need is Windows Media Player 12, a movie, matching subtitles, and our step-by-step instructions. We can even help you find subtitles! Read More , the email set to the Email app, and of course it goes without saying, the browser was set to Edge 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More . At that point, I was so ticked off that if a Microsoft representative had come to the front door, I would have chopped them up for dog food.

So go ahead and click on each one, and change them back to your preferred settings.

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If you want to really analyze all of your file associations to see if any have changed, then at the bottom of that box, is something called Choose Default Applications By File Type, and that will allow you to see if anything else has been discreetly altered to “Groove Music”.

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The other one, Choose Default Applications by Protocol, lets you see what will open various web standards such as your FTP program The Three Best Free FTP Clients for Windows The Three Best Free FTP Clients for Windows Read More , your VOIP Goodbye, Skype: 4 Alternative VOIP Services You Can Record Calls With Goodbye, Skype: 4 Alternative VOIP Services You Can Record Calls With Can't record calls with Skype anymore? Recent changes that break support of third-party apps have left many users frustrated. Could now be the time to try an alternative VoIP call recording service? Read More program, and so forth. And it was then that it hit me right in the face. A month or so ago, I removed all the installed Windows Store apps from my PC, using CCleaner. I didn’t want them, I didn’t need them (except for Solitaire – that isn’t going anywhere!). The new version of CCleaner allows you to remove unwanted Store apps How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Windows 10 comes with several pre-installed apps that take up space on your device and aren't easy to remove. Sounds like bloatware, doesn't it? We show you how to remove these apps. Read More . But now, Microsoft had reinstalled them all!

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So here I go again, removing them all. Sigh, I have better things to do with my Saturday. Like watch reruns of the Muppet Show with my dog.

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Drivers

Have you manually installed any drivers on your computer How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers Your drivers might be outdated and need updating, but how are you to know? First, don't fix it if it ain't broke! If drivers do need updating, though, here are your options. Read More ? If so, you may find that Microsoft has overwritten them with their own. This just gets better and better doesn’t it?

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Open a Command Prompt (WIN + R) and type driverquery. This will then give you the entire list of drivers installed on your computer.

Now type driverquery /v >c:\temp\driver.txt and this list will be copied to a text file. If you don’t want it in the c:\temp folder, then you can change that to anywhere you want. Maybe the desktop would be more convenient?

Having the text file makes it easier to search, and you can see if any specific drivers have been altered.

The Printer

Yes, I know, printing something is very antiquated. But some of us are antiques who like to do things the old-fashioned way. If this describes you and you have a printer attached to your computer, it’s time to see if Microsoft has been fiddling around with THAT too.

Seemingly they have been tweaking things so that, if you have more than one printer, it sets the last used printer as the default one for the next time you need to print something. If you have multiple printers on a network, and the default one keeps getting changed everytime someone prints something, it won’t be long before chaos reigns. But there’s an easy solution.

First, open up that trusty Start Menu 6 Ways to Hack & Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu 6 Ways to Hack & Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu The Windows 10 Start Menu combines classic elements with modern tiles. Tiles can add a lot of creative freedom. We'll give you tips and reveal tricks for customizing the entire Start Menu to your preferences. Read More and type printers and scanners. When the box opens up, you will see this:

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Just switch the default printer option Off, and you’re peachy.

Keep an Eye on This…

As I said before, there is no guarantee that Microsoft won’t do this again with future patches. So you need to keep careful watch on these things. By doing this stunt, Microsoft has proved that it can’t be trusted.

Keep this page bookmarked, and when future patches appear, double-check that your preferred settings are still there. If not, this page will be your guide, or alternatively you can use a portable app called Default Programs Editor, which you may find easier to use.

How do you feel about Windows 10 changing your preferences with every update? Annoying, deceitful, or an understandable business practice? Can you still trust Microsoft? I leave the final judgement to you.

  1. John Henderson
    September 25, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Without my consent or knowledge, today Microsoft Windows 10 appears to have deinstalled my Aveira security replacing it with Defender. I did not want or ask for this change, also a minor point, my claock time has disappeared from the task bar and i can't find a way to get it back. Microsoft sucks!

  2. Carl
    September 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I just bought a Windows 10 computer five days ago and was forced to up 3 of those five days. I actually read the EULA. Windows 10 is nothing but spyware, tracking everything you do, say, type, and invades all aspects of your computing experience. Microsoft is just an extension of Big Brother, nothing more. Changing my settings with every update is not going to cut it for me. If I'm going to have to check my settings after every update, I'm taking this computer back to the store for a refund. I created a local account hoping to avoid this BS, but NO! I can't believe people actually like this OS. And Cortana is the worst; if you use it, you agree to let Microsoft turn on all the spyware that you just turned off. WTF?????

    Thanks, but I'll stick with my Mac.

  3. Scott
    September 20, 2016 at 11:38 am

    The latest update (9-18-2016) removed all my trusted locations so that databases I wrote on my computer are no longer trusted. And, it appears that they've added a layer of security somewhere so that, even though I add the trusted locations, the files are still not trusted.
    I can open the files and navigate the forms I've created, but cannot edit, or work on the database itself.
    I can work around it by opening the database from within Access. I really love doing that because it is soooo much more convenient to go through several steps to open a file than it is to click a desktop icon.
    I love Microsoft, and can't wait for the next update!

  4. DJ ResR
    August 26, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Also if your Photoshop caused a BSOD and you changed the graphics driver setting to force it run on nVidia GPU before the update, it was also defaulted to integrated GPU during the update.

  5. Jackie Burnett
    March 23, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Just so you know, Mark, this article helped me fix my printer problem! Thanks.

    • Mark O'Neill
      March 24, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      You're very welcome. That is the best part of my job - being told I helped someone :-)

    • Scott
      September 20, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Mine as well... I've been fighting with it for a while now.
      Thanks!

  6. Harley Monk
    January 8, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Mark,

    Under your heading "Opting Out of Personalized Browser Ads" your link "to this page" opens - https://choice.microsoft.com/en-GB/opt-out - that yields Server Not Found.

    When I click on "Manage my account advertising . . . " in Settings>Privacy>General it opens the page - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=298891 - which is blank in Firefox and yields "Page not available" in Opera and Chrome.

    Is Microsoft playing with us?

    Monk

  7. Tersa
    December 31, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Since the latest update or upgrade or whatever, I am having problems with both of my printers. The printer function works fine, but the scanner has disappeared, or at least I can't get to it through the printer function anymore. Do you have a fix for this?

  8. Tomatensaus
    December 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

    It might be that steam has insufficient rights to take a look in my windows files/settings etc.

    But from an automated generated steam hardware inquiry i got the folowing results:

    OS Version:
    Windows 10 (64 bits)
    NTFS: supported

    Other:
    Taal gebruikersinterface: Nederlands
    Date OS installed : jan 01 1970

    I translated some since I'm using a dutch version. But found it weird to get a modern OS and having it 'installed' in 1970 . I'm only born in 1992 and did the installation myself ;)

  9. Kelsey Tidwell
    December 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    "Note: An upgrade is different from an update. An update modifies existing features and files in a program. An upgrade adds new features and replaces existing system files with new ones. It usually makes significant changes to your PC.

    "Microsoft is referring to the November release as an update. But it’s actually an upgrade that replaces your Windows 10 installation with a newer version, specifically Version 1511, or Build 10586."

    From the MUO article, "6 Common Windows Upgrade Issues & How to Fix Them", written by Akshata Shanbhag, November 29, 2015.

    This is why many unwanted changes happen. Repair and move on...

  10. Sewabee
    November 29, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Does this author work part time a Fox News? He is well qualified to work for them but should leave technology alone.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 30, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      I assume you're referring to me? Please, enlighten me as to what I did wrong.

      • Hils
        December 5, 2015 at 8:07 pm

        Hi Mark
        You did nothing wrong - only helped out those who needed to know what Microsoft had been up to.

        I agree, this wasn't an update but an upgrade and I am frigging fed up with having to re-set what I need to everytime!!

        Hoping my printer works now but I don't have it in me to solve it tonight (UK time) but hopefully will resolve it soon...

        Thanks H

    • J. V. Buck
      March 10, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      No, he doesn't. Do you work for Microsoft? Seems like you would with an attitude like this. You know, the one that promotes them doing whatever they like no matter what the customer wants. Why should Microsoft knowingly change a customer's computer settings? Well, let's see....Because it favors their own ends. To invade our privacy. To unfairly promote their own products above any other entities. To gather information on the users of Windows and then sell that information and/or use it to their own profit. To control information. Do you like being a Windows sheeple?

  11. VVK
    November 26, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Especially cruel to do this around Thanksgiving, so our parents blame us for ruining their computer.

  12. radu
    November 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Did absolutely no one realize that this update behaved like a fresh OS installation?
    Considering this, it's kind of expected behavior for the system to revert back to the default settings.

    • Billt
      November 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      I'm sorry, but no where did microsoft tell us that this would be a fresh and or new install of windows 10. My upgrade from windows 8.1 to 10 retained all of my settings and actually fixed a lot of things. I was able to keep my backgrounds, files, games that I had installed. At some point during the upgrade I was informed there was one program deemed incompatible with windows 10 and I was asked if I wanted to have uninstalled. Regardless of how it looked or its behavior, what happened this November was not a fresh install, it was an update and along with the program that it removed without my permission it actually broke a few things.

      I am sorry if I sound angry but in the past I have trusted Microsoft. And no, they didn't always get it right but they didn't go out of their way to do the wrong thing. When they screwed up they sent out patches or hot-fixes. Back with XP they even sent out copies of service pack 2 in the mail. I don't recognize Microsoft's behavior lately. It's not anything I feel good about.

      • radu
        January 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        Well, it is an UPGRADE, not an update. This crucial fact is also stated in a newer MUO article: Microsoft is referring to the November release as an update. But it’s actually an upgrade that replaces your Windows 10 installation with a newer version, specifically Version 1511, or Build 10586.

  13. Maureen Jones
    November 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for all of your work. We were also particularly interested in your article regarding AGV selling client data. I sent that article on to a few people. There will always be issues allowing these big companies access to our computers. They're a lot smarter than me. All we can do is our very best to be responsible in our spheres and lock onto people like Makeuseof who keep their fingers on the pulse of what is happening in the world of technology. Thanks again.

  14. Adm Ang
    November 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    What most appreciated via this fall update's: First time, msft allows the multiple partitions on USB-flash-memory to be seen.
    - It's so wonderful, but how come nowhere exposes such a good news?! :P

  15. Billt
    November 25, 2015 at 1:07 am

    The more I look through the settings in this operating system and the more I learn what update 1511 has done I am seeing that windows 10 just a big piece of spyware and or malware that we've been duped into installing. Microsoft, what happened? In the past you've put out patches and security fixes to prevent scenarios like this. I'm disappointed.

    I had a computer that had windows 3.1 on it. 95 brought possibilities into light and future OSs like 98 and XP showed us what those possibilities looked like. Yeah, there were goofs like ME and Vista but hey, regardless of any mistakes made you always seemed to make good on the next OS.

    I guess we've always known that Big Brother was lurking and right now its wearing the face of Microsoft.

  16. Bob
    November 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Makes me glad that I am still chugging along with Windows 7. Even if they are going to give me 10 for free I won't be upgrading unless there is some guarantee that Micro$oft won't keep resetting everything to what they want. It's my computer and I know what I want not Micro$oft!

  17. Swaminathan Venkatesh
    November 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Let me get this straight, I am normally not the troll-kind. I don't say anything unless I absolutely have to. So, if you think I am a troll, at the very least read this comment entirely.

    "The first thing you will notice (if you previously turned it off) is that your “advertising ID” has been turned back on again. Since this means adverts, I always switch this off."

    This is totally misleading statement. Coming from a tech blog, unacceptable. Turning on Advertising ID does NOT mean adverts. It means targeted advertising. You'll still get ads, but they won't be tailored to your interests. Please do not give fake sense of security for users by saying Switching off Advertising ID means no ads.

    You can do better.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 25, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      You're right. That was a huge goof on my part. Thanks for pointing it out. I will ask my editor to alter the article accordingly.

      • Swaminathan Venkatesh
        November 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm

        Thanks for correcting it so quickly. Much appreciated!

    • Tina Sieber
      November 25, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you for pointing out this slightly misleading remark, Swaminathan! It has been clarified.

  18. Kenny D
    November 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Unfreeking believable. Like I have time for this crap! It's my computer, let use use it the way I want to.

    • Kenny D
      November 24, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Sometimes window key and q will open it.

  19. Bill
    November 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    My issues after the update are that I now have to manually type in the IP of my file server in order to access it. And rather than informing me that a program that I used in Win 10 before this update is now incompatible and asking me what to do, it went ahead without my permission and uninstalled it. I reinstalled the program and have had no issues with it since.

    This is despicable. I dual boot and will use Linux more than I have in the past. Until this current policy of Microsoft's change I will use windows only when I have to.

  20. Karen Fox
    November 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    My Windows 10 updated yesterday and now my Start Menu and Search box no longer respond when clicked. Does anyone have any advice on how to fix this?

    • Bill
      November 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Are you into the metro tiles? If not or if it doesn't matter one way or the other you can try installing classic shell. It would be a cheap fix and it'll give you a few options that you didn't have before. If you don't like it you can uninstall Classic Shell.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      November 24, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      My search box is working, but the typeface is now invisible. I imagine it's actually been somehow changed to the same color as the background because I can type and searches come up. But what the crap?!?

    • Kenny D
      November 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      press windows key and q at the same time.

    • Karen Fox
      November 24, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      I did some more research and found out this dates back to the summer and is a recurring issue. There is a fix at http://www.bidnessetc.com/technology published by Martin Blanc on Aug 5, 2015. I applied the fix and now I am okay till the next time.

  21. Chris Bordeman
    November 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Are any of you set up to get Insider builds? I'm pretty sure resetting settings like this is standard on Insider builds because it takes some additional effort by Microsoft to write the settings migration code, which is only done just before the normal release of the patch.

    But there is a MUCH WORSE issue I'm shocked no one in the tech press is talking about: the removal in Windows 10 of all desktop program's ability to set their own file association defaults. YOU have to personally go into Settings and set each app default manually. For example, I install MPC-HC, the best video player out there for Windows, and it tries to automatically sets itself as the default for the many different video file types. But it fails without error, and Windows simply doesn't do it, because they are determined to FORCE you to use their truly, truly awful built in Videos app. This applies to every other program you install, even for example, Adobe Reader, which is no longer able to associate itself with PDF files!

    Of course, you can go into Settings | Defaults, but that is a VERY long and difficult process, especially for MPC-HC, which doesn't list in the available apps or programs list, forcing you to find each individual FSCKING video file type, of which there are tons, and BROWSE to the MPC-HC executable to associate it.

    FSCK you Microsoft, for this!!!

    Oh, and one more truly annoying change: after you drag a window into a corner or to a side, if you resize it a bit then drag it around, it immediately REVERTS to the original size, before you ever dragged it to the side. This is a horribly annoying behavior which means endless resizing of windows over and over again.

    I remember this being broken in the pre-release versions of Windows 8, then they fixed it before final release. I think Microsoft laid off the person responsible for putting this back to the original behavior, now the idiots don't know that it's so badly broken!

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      November 24, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      "Oh, and one more truly annoying change: after you drag a window into a corner or to a side, if you resize it a bit then drag it around, it immediately REVERTS to the original size, before you ever dragged it to the side. This is a horribly annoying behavior which means endless resizing of windows over and over again."

      THIS! Of course it was happening long before this update, and I've been on threads that stretched back years...but this is an amazingly annoying BUG. Not a freakin' feature...a BUG.

    • Adm Ang
      November 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Not MPC-HC can batch_change(as it usually does) all video types' default app? Then surely no need 1-by-1 to recover them, isn't it?

  22. Korman
    November 24, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Yup, none of this happened to me. So I'm confused now

  23. Kelsey Tidwell
    November 24, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Actually I expected this and fixed my settings immediately after the update. I had read somewhere that this would be the first update which would allow a clean install. No having to go up through the ranks from Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1, etc. That led me to believe that this would be more or less a completely new version of Windows, and not just an improvement on the previous version.

    And what happens when you install a brand new OS? Everything is set to baseline.

    Honestly, if you've used Windows for any length of time and you're not used to constantly tweaking something, then you probably really should think about trying one of the other OS's out there. I've been in this since 3.1 so it's really just a normal thing for me.

    I get that this caught a lot of people by surprise and it looks like Microsoft is trying to be underhanded. Maybe they are. Maybe if they'd just come out and give an explanation it would help the situation. They're more like Google than they'll ever admit on that point.

    As far as being "irate" over this...lol. This is waaaaay below the irate threshold.

    • Bill
      November 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I too have installed new OSs but we're discussing an update that is the equivalent of a service pack here. I've never had to deal with such things after installing a service pack on previous versions of Windows.

      • Kelsey Tidwell
        November 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm

        If it truly is just a service pack, then I agree. But what I've read led me to understand that this is more than that. Anyway, it's fixed until next time. Time to work.

        • Bill
          November 24, 2015 at 5:41 pm

          I get what you're saying. The whole experience did have a different look and feel than past service pack installations with previous versions of windows. The upgrade I did from 8.1 to 10 went smoother than this latest patch did. I think with 8.1 they were trying to get away from calling them service packs though. Not sure why.

        • Kelsey Tidwell
          November 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm

          I believe Microsoft is wanting it to appear to be a seamless evolution from here on out, and the term Service Pack doesn't really paint that picture. They're wanting to put the whole starts-and-stops upgrade image behind and make it an invisible growth instead. ChromeOS has pretty much achieved that, and as I mentioned before, Microsoft thinks like Google a lot more than they'll admit.

  24. Paul Harris
    November 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Windows 10 is frustrating....updates not explained...half finished Browser, Email client also.

    Edge has no extensions.

    Email won't show complete text and scrolling to right stops short. Must download most text emails.

    When anyone asks me about it..I refer to it as Vista2, I tell them to stay away from it.

    I'm not sure this is a step up from Windows 7. I may go back or switch to Linux.

  25. Joe MacMillan
    November 23, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Another change the latest update does. If you have several computers connect in a homegroup, the upgrade turns all sharing OFF

  26. Colonel Angus
    November 23, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    This seems like a good time to invite irate Windows users to board the Linux train. There are plenty of distros avail that make the switch an easy affair for those switching from Windows.

    • Davin Peterson
      November 24, 2015 at 12:50 am

      Go to Control Panel - Network and Sharing Center - Change Advanced Settings. Go to All Networks Media Streaming Choose Media Streaming Options. Check to see if the device is allowed. If it is not, check it

    • archae0
      November 24, 2015 at 3:51 am

      Yep, We've already loaded Ubuntu on two systems. The rest will follow. Microsoft seems to have forgotten that we purchased these computers. They belong to us not them.....

    • Chris Bordeman
      November 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      Yeah, the number of problems you'll experience in one day on Linux DWARFS the # of issues you'll ever experience on Windows. Try setting up Bluetooth printer on Linux and get back to me.

      • Boogie
        November 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

        Says the number of issues on Linux is tremendous. Griefs about one isolated issue that most computer users have nothing to do with... Ok

    • Ajay
      November 27, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Yes very true. I installed Windows 10 on my Windows 7 based home laptop (fresh install by formatting c drive) and realized that I cannot activate Windows 10 using my Windows 7 product keys. So I installed Linux Mint by making it a duel boot. Since then I never actually needed to boot to Windows. I was surprised how easy now it is work with Linux (since college days) and in very little time I got Deluge, CouchPotao installed on Mint. Now I do not touch my home laptop, I use my office laptop to remotely access WebUI of all apps, use WinSPC to transfer files between two laptops on LAN and TightVnc to remotely access it (if I ever need it).
      So I would say, it is really time to check Linux again. It has improved a lot.

  27. Davin Peterson
    November 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    After I installed the update last week, I discovered that Windows has disconnected my SmartTV from my PC which allowed me to cast videos to the TV. I had to go back and fix the setting

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Can you briefly run through how you fixed it? Just in case anyone else is experiencing this issue.

      • Davin Peterson
        November 24, 2015 at 2:35 am

        Go to Control - Network and Sharing Center
        Go to Change Advanced Sharing settings
        Go to All Networks - Media Streaming. Choose media streaming options
        Check to see if devices are allowed to access media. If not check allowed.

  28. likefun butnot
    November 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I also found after the big update that a lot of my very mild Edge customizations (Google as the home page, six or seven different searches installed) all vanished. I barely use Edge, but since it's not possible to script interaction with a Modern-style app beyond launching it and making it go to a particular site, having to reconfigure anything in its settings was maddening.

    I'm on the fast update cadence, so I saw all of this a few weeks ago.

    I've been using Spybot Anti-Beacon to handle the privacy settings described in this article.

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