SEVENTY THREE! That’s right, 73 friggin’ updates in the past nine days! Our corporate giant, i
n all its wisdom, in its desire to force Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade, released its “Anniversary Update” in September. It was for our “own good”. Sure! ($$$$). Seventy three updates later, I hope to God it’s over. And MS never warned me what was going to happen.
It’s almost enough to make me switch to…? Apple? While Apple is certainly the premier PC for the digital media arts, I have way too much invested software that I know works with Windows and I know Win 10 also has the drivers for my studio hardware. Linux? I can’t afford the time for the research into what software/hardware problems I might encounter in such a move, or what support if any I could expect. Everyone supports MS and Apple-to an extent.
So, what am I complaining about? First it took hours downloading and installing the updatessssss, during which time it hogged a great deal of my network bandwidth AND once it began installing the updates my PC was useless during the installation process.
Second and worse yet, the install wiped the registration of most of my commercial software. So nothing important worked after the update. I had to manually log on to each software website and either download updates (more downtime) or run the registration keys again (after I located them).
Third, I discovered I could no longer keep that jackbooted Gestapo thug Cortana out of my home! They took the “OFF” switch out of the basic settings options. For the uninitiated, Cortana is the
digital assistant All Pervasive Spy Microsoft built into Windows 10. She watches everything you do, records every keystroke, and (if you use a microphone or use Microsoft on your cellphone) every spoken word! Of course, all that data is only being used to make your life easier and more productive. TRUST US! We are the one of the largest, most ubiquitous corporations in the world! I turned her (Cortana off when I first installed Win 10 Pro this summer using an easy off switch in settings. MS removed that switch on the update. So I had to do a little research:
Fortunately, this site explains how to turn of Cortana using the “Group Policy Editor” if you have the Pro version of Win 10, or edit the registry if you were happily, forcefully, upgraded from Win 7 to the “free” Win 10 version. They both work as I have a PC with each on it.
Thank God for the free Internet! Well, until yesterday it was free. We’ll see. Money talks.