First to introduce myself, I came here years ago (before the forum software upgrade) after I discovered Daz's "Windows Loader" on Kickass Torrents. I got the general impression that this forum was "home" to Daz and his/her projects. Once here I discovered what appeared to be an entire team of highly interested computer programming types that were busy deconstructing the recently-released Windows 10. It seemed that part of their efforts were intended to crack the protection scheme, and another part involved determining exactly what it was doing that the User would never see, with an eye towards privacy, data collection and a whole slew of other "features" that were very concerning (Cortana, Telemetry, P2P file sharing of updates with neighbors on the network, keylogger, etc...) So that scared me away from Win10. but just this week I learn that MS support for Win7 is ending, and the "writing is on the wall" so to speak, so now I am looking at possibly moving to Win10, or Win8. (FYI, I already have Win8 installed on another partition and it works just fine for the most part, but I know Win7 and I like it, and all change is always bad.) So now I'm asking, aware that negative reaction to the initial release of Win10 provoked some changes (is there a Win10.1?), but also I've recently learned that MS expects each User to turn off/disable a whole host of features. I guess I could do that, but I'd rather trust the people here, find a customized Win10 that has all the "spyware" removed, etc... I assume that's been done, given how much time since it was released, researched etc... But it also occurs to me that MS might have managed to make some aspects of it's <s>malware</s> Operating System so inter-dependent on everything else that it can't be removed without disabling something necessary or useful. Read a post here just yesterday about MS's browser "Edge", which said it can't be completely removed from Win10, so I wonder what else there might be. Looking for recommendations, advice, and whatever information I might need to get back up to speed on the current state of Windows 10. Also feel free to correct me when/if I'm wrong about something. Thanks in advance.