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Windows 10 privacy vs Windows 8

UTjunkie 650 156 June 5, 2016 at 10:40 AM
Hey everyone!

Does it pay to downgrade to Windows 8 in order to gain more privacy? (+Start8 +ModernMix and it's ~ the same user experience). Or will Microsoft just start bugging Windows 8 too? I know there are some anti-spy tools, but also understand they don't FULLY disable spying, so I'm looking for everyone's thoughts on the matter, thx!

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Hey everyone!

Does it pay to downgrade to Windows 8 in order to gain more privacy? (+Start8 +ModernMix and it's ~ the same user experience). Or will Microsoft just start bugging Windows 8 too? I know there are some anti-spy tools, but also understand they don't FULLY disable spying, so I'm looking for everyone's thoughts on the matter, thx!

I would tend to doubt it. With Windows 8 being horrid in almost all forms imo, the real debate is really Win 7 vs Win 10. Nobody liked Windows 8\8.1 who was just not a MS schill or fan boy. My 2 cents.


Eventually MS will stop doing updates to Win 7 (in Jan 2020). Add in MS is not supporting Windows 7 on newer PCs\procs. So eventually one has to upgrade\switch over to an updated OS. However, if you have Win 7 now, you can continue to use it for another 4 years or so and then upgrade to whatever is the latest OS then. There is little to gain from a practical sense from switching to Win 10 unless you actually are on a touch laptop imo.
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you can turn off the search stuff otherwise the privacy is really not that big of a deal. Your ISP knows everything you do, if you use a VPN the VPN company knows it. Use a good browser (I like Mozilla) with good ad/flash blocking) and you will be fine.

I myself don't like 10, I have 8.1, 7 and 10. I prefer 7 overall but 10 does allow a simple clean install which is pretty nice.
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I actually liked Windows 8 a lot. The Start Menu was more functional than Windows 10's which randomly hides items in it...
Both issues can be solved with Start8/Start10, so either are fine options for user experience for me.

And 8 will be supported for more years than 7, at which time, hopefully someone will develop a GOOD privacy tool for 10.
And 8 supports modern apps
And 8 has better support for newer hardware.
And 8 is faster than 7.
8 and 10 are almost identical... With a Start Menu swap.


.. But back to the subject of Privacy!
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I much prefer windows 10 over 8. Microsoft has ported some of the privacy things that didn't like to older versions so there isn't a ton getting away if your in windows. You can turn off a lot of the privacy things that people originally didn't like in 10. That being said It's all still windows, if your super concerned then a distro of linux specifically targeted to privacy is far better than any version of windows.
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Your ISP knows everything you do, if you use a VPN the VPN company knows it.
proXPN [proxpn.com]make a big deal about not keeping log files.

I have a proxpn lifetime account and I enjoy the security every sing day.
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proXPN [proxpn.com]make a big deal about not keeping log files.

I have a proxpn lifetime account and I enjoy the security every sing day.
proXPN ISP knows a few things you do. One of the many reasons why hackers are still getting caught.
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The court could not force proxpn to produce a log of where you had been but I am sure they could be forced to allow a tap on your connection since they would know from your ISP what address was going to proxpn then much like a wiretap they could collect all they needed.
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