Whether it comes from the end users themselves or from advertising and spying, it is still money. They are there to make money, and that is the bottom line. And by the way, Windows 10 is not available for free anymore unless you are intellectually disabled. I don't even know that the one exception is even available anymore.
The truth is that Microsoft is playing games with us because they believe they can. Those "updates" and "upgrades" are not just security-based. I can guarantee that they contain a lot of "features" that the end user never sees, like ways to get into your personal files and see what is there and more ways to push ads on us.
How about a discussion on what to do ahead of the Windows 7 end-of-life that is coming next year? What are readers doing or suggesting to get ready or to make changes in their systems? I have 2 Win 7 Home computers that I would love to keep and have been looking for safe ways to do that - along with other alternatives if I need to think about replacing them such as Linux, Apple, or even not using an administrator account - just a regular account - so that a possible hacker or malware can't install anything without permission.
I've searched the forums but haven't found a discussion on that topic, so it would be great to get one started now - while there is still a lot of time to plan. Thank you.
--Submitted by Irene