To continue from here... Let's say my Windows activation is already taken care for; it's not an issue. Keeping ahead of Microsoft's shady privacy violations in various Windows versions is like a cat and mouse game - at least for most retail versions of Windows, as far as I know. Maybe not for Enterprise/Server; but I'm not an expert. Some say now the default install of Windows 7 inherited the same privacy violations that was part of Windows 10. Maybe Windows 8.1 is the way to go as it violates your privacy less than 10, but has almost the same modern features. Not that 7 wouldn't suffice my needs. But new, strict privacy regulations come in Europe called GDPR on May 25, does it mean the upcoming refresh of Windows 10 is better, or 'good enough' for most privacy concerns? At least the N (EU) versions? I'm looking for a simple desktop OS, even Enterprise (LTSB/LTSC) would suffice. I don't know if it's worth learning Windows 2016 Server as a desktop. To sum it up: Which windows to choose for a simple desktop, activation is not an issue, basically my only concern is I want no or the absolute minimal tracking if possible: - Windows 7 - Windows 8.1 - Windows 10 retail - Windows 10 Enterprise - Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB/LTSC - Windows 2016 Server as a desktop I want minimum tinkering with Windows and the most streamlined option to opt out Microsoft tracking for good, not playing cat and mouse games. Which one of these fits my bill best, and why? Strict privacy regulations coming to the EU called GDPR on May 25, just in time for the Windows refresh.