there's another free software for getting rid of windows spyware. it's called Ubuntu.
Agreed. No reason to go the Win 10 route, people should steer clear. Microsoft might get the messsage they can't shaft everybody any way they want. If for whatever strange reason you need/want to move away from Win7, you have Win8.1 But Win7 is still the choice of most professionals who know what they are talking about. Win10 is not just spyware, but also surprisingly ugly.
Windows 10 in its Professional and Enterprise guises, does allow for configuration of forced updates (contrary to inaccurate publications claiming otherwise) and for the benefit of those who have privacy concerns , disable auto collection of data usage. The settings are in Group Policy (enter gpedit.msc in a command prompt or the start menu). As an example, to disable forced updates within Group Policy, select Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Updates. These settings are even published by Microsoft themselves. For Windows 10 Home Users, the settings are not available via Group Policy but the same settings are within the registry or you can disable the Windows Update service (from command or start menu, enter services.msc, search for Windows Update and disable it).
You may actually be a good person to ask for this, is it possible to/how do I DISABLE the forced Window's 'Updates' via both Window's 8.1, AND Window's 10 too please?. :-)
Sometimes although I've seen people from free software projects being criticised for having facebook pages for their project and it's something I agree with, the two aren't compatible. Personally I've never used facebook or any of the "social" media sites and I never will, I find the whole concept creepy and weird. The only time I give my real name on the Internet is when providing payment details. All versions of Windows have been the same, you can hardly customise anything, the user doesn't have much choice and freedom at all. You're also trusting your data and privacy to software that none of us can review and improve, only your corporate overlords at Microsoft get to do that. You want to put your trust in Microsoft? You do realise that companies only care about their profits? It's not a secret, the objective of business is to make money (while we're at it - political parties are companies too). Sure, you could give token examples of Microsoft and Apple witholding data from law enforcement but they're just publicity stunts - social engineering to make the masses think these companies are decent, caring people and therefore buy more things that they don't need with money that they don't have. How about not giving them your data in the first place? Set things up yourself and learn about the technology that you're using. If you're too lazy to learn about computers then you shouldn't be using them, that's fine, we don't all need to use them.