Windows 10 & Microsoft use your computer as a server. How nice of them.

Windows_10_Hero
The Default Windows Desktop – Like Someone Peeping through your window in the dead of night. Creepy.

The interface is nice, it harks back to earlier versions with its start menu.   Two observations though –

  •  taking control over your computer’s bios is different on Windows 10 ( and on 8, but in tweeking privacy settings after upgrading to 10, I just never realized the difference ) than it was with other, earlier versions of Windows.  More later on that – its labor day, so elaborating seems too much like work – but it has to do with BIOS configurations (in UEFI enabled systems) being gone.  UEFI What?!

More on that here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/126016/three-ways-to-access-the-windows-8-boot-options-menu/

  • the second thing I learned – or really realized is – Windows 10 allows you to do is allow other private computers to download things (things?, what things?) from your computer.  That is, other private computers are going to get updates from your computer acting as a server.

Who what now?

I noticed it after installation, as things were *slightly* slower.   At times, significantly so.  My network is new and tests out fine.  My system is a couple of years old, with upgraded ram, off-board graphics, fairly clean and with a rock solid anti-virus – I am running in “undetectable mode.”  ‘Cept when I’m not.  Such as after upgrading to 10.  When I say significantly so, that means significantly slow for me to care to write about it.

Here’s a good synopsis  – and how to stop it:

Windows 10 includes a new peer-to-peer download feature for updates and Windows Store apps. By default, Windows will automatically use your PC’s Internet connection to upload updates, hiding the option to disable this five clicks deep in the operating system.

You can continue to use peer-to-peer updates on your local network, but you may not want to waste upload bandwidth to help reduce Microsoft’s bandwidth bills. This is especially true if you have data caps on your Internet connection.

How does this “private PC acting as server under and for Windows 10” thing relly affect things?  For Microsoft?  (They save bandwidth).  But I don’t like it.

More:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2955491/windows/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-using-your-pcs-bandwidth-to-update-strangers-systems.html

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2955491/windows/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-using-your-pcs-bandwidth-to-update-strangers-systems.html

https://flagunblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/more-windows-10/

https://flagunblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/windows-10-a-review-from-a-non-tech-guy/

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