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  1. Remove Skype to stop Meet Up installation. Also, consider O&O Shutup, etc. For other types of calculators and unit converters, click on the hamburger menu.
  2. I had the same problems with optimization even with Win 7 (where the defragmenter did not run as scheduled and I had to use Puran). Win 8.1 was a major improvement in terms of performance, but the customization options like making bright backgrounds darker were gone; I had to drill down to the registry to fix that. Using Open-Shell was the easy part. Also, using an SSD made things even better. I switched to Win 10 because it had the same internals as 8.1, security updates were about to end, the upgrade was free, and all customization from 8.1 carried over to it. With dark mode and night light, I no longer need f.lux, etc. I just have to see what more new features will be placed in PowerToys. To remove the Metro UI, just set Open-Shell to use Win 7 style for the start menu. Given that, I see no point in staying with older versions of Win, esp. given the lack of updates, lack of drivers for it for newer hardware, lack of updated security programs with it (core isolation, controlled folder access, behavior blocking and machine learning, etc.). If I only need to use a few programs (like browsers, spreadsheets, word processors, music and video players) and want to customize the UI in as many ways as possible while avoiding telemetry while receiving critical security updates, then I'd choose other operating systems.
  3. Then don't disable the mics. There are switches in the software! Your second point is wrong because vulnerabilities that can only be dealt with using such updates. The third point is obvious as UI is superfluous. The drive to make something look exactly like Win 7 at the expense of everything else makes no sense at all.
  4. Why even bother? Vista has no security updates.
  5. 2K, Vista, and XP have no security updates, and 7 and 8.1 will be losing them soon. Telemetry will be the least of your problems. Given that, you are better off using another OS brand. You don't need to make Win 10 look exactly like 7, but if that's your obsession, then stick to 7 at all costs.
  6. From what I remember, Win 8.1 is supposed to work fine with SSDs, with defrag automatically trimming. Also, some SSD manufacturers have software to make sure that the system is set to work with their product and that firmware is updated. Finally, for browsers like Firefox, a tweak can be made so that it won't use the SSD that much: https://www.servethehome.com/firefox-is-eating-your-ssd-here-is-how-to-fix-it/
  7. To minimize telemetry, try O&O Shut Up. To avoid telemetry and even problems with a lack of security updates, consider another operating system that goes through continuous updates. To make Win 10 or even 8.1 look like 7, try Open-Shell.
  8. I no longer have Win 7, so I can't show benchmark differences for my PC (where I used Win 7, 8.1, and 10), so the best I can do is defer to what others have shown: https://www.lakesidesoftware.com/sites/default/files/Analysis_of_Windows10_versus_Windows7_Performance_Implications.pdf FWIW, other tests show only a slight improvement for Win 10. In which case, we can look at the improvements, https://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-the-smart-persons-guide/ which includes additional critical features for Windows Security (core isolation, virtualization, controlled folder access, etc.), sandboxing, enhanced graphics, etc. For example, https://download.microsoft.com/documents/uk/enterprise/windows10/win10-win7-security-comparison.pdf That plus the point that drivers are developed for it with new hardware, lots of features like Dark Mode, Night Mode, color picker, etc. I remember doing some of these for earlier versions of Windows, like using WindowsBlinds, Sandboxie, etc., but many third-party software are no longer being developed or updated for older operating systems. Even the lack of security updates is a critical point to consider, especially given increased sophistication of new malware. Given that, I don't see any logic behind your strong disagreement except probably in complaints about telemetry (which has been in place since Win 7) and the UI (which can easily be changed using Open-Shell).
  9. "Memory Compression in Windows 10 RTM"
  10. For the interface, use Open Shell: There are additional built-in features, but I don't often use them ATM: https://www.notebookcheck.net/New-Windows-10-Start-menu-design-official-plus-other-UI-tweaks-in-the-pipeline.478916.0.html Also, dark and night mode, Power Toys, etc. In addition, I don't bother forcing updates and instead let them take place by default. For telemetry, I settled for O&O Shut Up and Windows Privacy Dashboard. I also didn't bother with hardening and just used whatever third-party free antimalware's available.
  11. I was referring to Karol's problem.
  12. https://msfn.org/board/forum/179-windows-10/
  13. Here's a short video from Major Geeks on how to use Open Shell:
  14. I don't think that's correct advice. AFAIK, the reason why security updates are made for operating systems and even apps is because security software can't compensate. In fact, even security software needs to be updated (and not just the databases), and it's very several won't update or make new versions for older operating systems. Also, malware has become more sophisticated, such that identifying for signatures is insufficient. Features like behavior blocking and even core isolation will be needed to keep them in check, especially if they are new.

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