Updates Make Windows 7 and 8 Spy On You Like Windows 10
Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | No Comments
Hi everyone! I apologize for my hiatus, life has been busy. That being said, I'm back to regular updates!
As everyone knows, Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 to much fanfare. As with everything else, some people like it, some people hate it. I have yet to come to an opinion either way. I have only used it very briefly, as i tend to wait for a bit before moving to a new operating system.
However, it has come to my attention that some updates have been pushed out for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 that appear to add some of the more controversial telemetry features from Windows 10 to these older operating systems.
The updates in questions are:
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3021917 – “Performance tracker update”
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3035583 – “Get Windows 10 App”
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2990214 – “Upgrade to Windows 10”
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3044374 – “Upgrade to Windows 10”
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2952664 – “Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7”
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3022345 – “Customer experience and diagnostic telemetry”
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3068708 – “Customer experience and diagnostic telemetry”
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080149 – “Customer experience and diagnostic telemetry”
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3075249 – “Telemetry points to
How to remove these updates from previous versions of Windows:
1. Visit the Github page for BlockWindows
2. Follow the Instructions and run the BlockWindows.bat File as Admin
3. Follow the Instructions and run the HideWindowsUpdates.vbs File as Admin
4. Run the hosts.bat file as admin to append the IPs/URL of those reporting services to your host file.
To reinstall these updates later simply click the "Show Hidden Updates"
ConclusionI hope this short tutorial helped you get rid of the Windows 10 nag screen and constant tormenting that seems to be par for the course these days. Upgrading an OS is a big deal, and i feel its something that should be done when the user is ready and they should not be bombarded with a screen everyday telling them to upgrade when their current OS still has years of update support left.
As always you use this information at your own risk, if you breakl your computer, its all on you. Have great day! Until next time!
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