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February 26, 2020

A week after Windows 7 EOL, Tinfoil Hat Brigade is in DEFCON 2

It is sad to see how Windows 10 paranoia has gained momentum during the past weeks. Yes it’s sad, but at the same time, to be totally honest, it’s also somewhat amusing. Take a look at this thread on Seven Forums, titled “I Want to Keep Windows 7 Forever” with comments to the OP’s original post to see some examples of what I mean. Or, this thread on Ten Forums.

What I have never understood is how easily some people accept everything they see or read on Internet as facts. One member posted this (see screenshot) on Ten Forums. Its source is an obscure Czech site, and its English translation comes from an obvious clickbait site. The post also contains one more serious reference, which of course does not mention most of the “facts” this member posted in this or in his other posts:

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Once read, the invalid and false information becomes fact. In fact, often these people do not even have to read it, it being enough when someone they know tells them about it. I have an ongoing argument with one of my neighbours, who refuses to upgrade to Windows 10 because his “Linux Forever” workmate has told him that it contains a keylogger which sends each and every key press to Microsoft. Every password, Facebook post, IM message, email he writes, and so on. How can I counter his arguments, after all “my mate tells me it has been proven“.

I sometimes feel like Don Quixote, fighting against something that is not real. Comparing me to this character created by Cervantes, the difference is that, whatever any of my four ex-wives will tell you, I am not mentally ill, and in my case I know those windmills do not exist, they are not the enemy. Instead, a surprisingly great number of people are seeing those windmills, and treating them as enemy giants, whatever way I try to convince them that those giants are not real.

Occasionally, the fight makes me tired, especially after reading feedback like this:

Actively following the forums, one fact that becomes clear is that the number of issues in Windows 10 correlates with the number of third party tools and policy / registry hacks user has used to “dumb down” Windows. Before you do it, if you are worried about the telemetry and diagnostic data collected in Windows 10, turn on View Diagnostic Data in Settings:

Last but not least, a quote from my earlier story Windows 10, telemetry and groundless paranoia:

Microsoft is not “spying” on users. Thus, the telemetry Microsoft collects is to make Windows better, and to improve the Windows user experience. Microsoft will not call your ex if you called her a stupid cow in a Skype chat with a friend. Microsoft will not print your most embarrassing social media photos and put them on display on Redmond campus to give their personnel a good laugh. Microsoft will not report you to the authorities if you mention in an email that you lied in your tax declaration.

Enough said. Time to back down from Defcon 2, Earthlings. Here are links to some earlier stories about Windows 7 EOL on Win10.guru:
Windows 7 Countdown has started – Upgrade Now!
Windows 7 users – it’s time to upgrade. It’s still free!

Enterprises and Windows 7 End of Life
Windows 7 users: Windows 10 – Test & Try with No Risk, No Install


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

2 Responses “A week after Windows 7 EOL, Tinfoil Hat Brigade is in DEFCON 2”

  1. CountMike
    January 21, 2020 at 14:13

    Even if all those allegations were true I’m wondering what people think MS would and could do with so much personal data they think it’ collected about them and how ti filter it for single person attack or even to pay attention o them? Do they think that they are so important for anybody to pay any attention to them ?

    • January 21, 2020 at 16:07

      Exactly! What on earth makes these tinfoil brigade members to think they are important enough to be “followed and spied on”? I always allow full telemetry, and none of my four ex-wives lawyers has not contacted me yet about the the comments I’ve made about them.

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