So I've used some things like this from time to time, and I have no reason to specifically criticize this particular offering, but, this is really right at the crux of the problem with commercial operating systems.Pictus wrote: ↑Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:52 pmTo disable Windows updates and the related crappy services/tasks it is easy.
https://www.sordum.org/9470/windows-upd ... cker-v1-6/
Select "Disable Updates" with "Protect Services Settings"
click in "Apply Now" and reboot.
You shouldn't have to think about whether you trust some third party vendor offering some sketchy little app on their website. You're paying for an OS, it should be friendly to you. Therein lies the problem really, because you're not really paying for it anymore, you are the product.
With open source operating systems at least the majority of tools are open source and so, while that's no guarantee that bullshit doesn't get inserted from time to time, at least you have the many eyes phenomenon on your side.
This is, at least in part, what this thread is about. This trend has been more and more aggressively pursued over the last decade. This is why people are thinking that Win7 or Win8 might be better choices. They're not going to get anything but security fixes so at least you're stuck in time with respect to the ongoing fight to get your data in the cloud and to force you to tolerate the constant advertising of cloud services disguised as friendly convenience reminders.