Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Aug 2016 21:28 UTC
Windows

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was released earlier this evening, and I dutifully installed it so that I could write about any oddities that might pop up. Well, a number of oddities have popped up, and they're bad - really bad. The Anniversary Update does some really shady stuff during installation that it doesn't inform you of at all until after the fact.

First, the Anniversary Update reinstalls Skype "for you", even if you had it uninstalled earlier, which in and of itself is a blatant disregard for users - I uninstalled it for a reason, and I'd like Microsoft to respect that. That in and of itself is bad enough, but here's the kicker: during installation, Microsoft also automatically logs you into Skype, so that possible Skype contacts can just start calling or messaging you - again, without ever asking for the user's consent.

Imagine my surprise when I open that useless Metro notification center thing - whose button now sits in the bottom right of the task bar, right of the clock, even, and is unremovable - and see that Skype is now installed, and that I'm logged in. This is a blatant disregard for users, and I'm sure tons of users will be unpleasantly surprised to see Microsoft forcing Skype down their throats.

There was an even bigger surprise, though: during installation of the Anniversary Update, Microsoft apparently flags Classic Shell - a popular Start menu replacement that gives Windows 10 a customisable Start menu that doesn't suck - as incompatible with the Anniversary Update, and just straight-up deletes hides it from your computer - again, without ever notifying you beforehand or asking you for your permission.

Update: actually, the application isn't removed entirely - it's still there in the Program Files folder, but it's entirely scrapped from search results and the Start menu. Effectively, for most users, that's identical to removing it. What an incredibly odd and user-hostile way of dealing with this. You can see how the wording in the screenshot below is confusing regarding the removing vs. hiding issue.

Classic Shell released an update to fix the compatibility issue detected, so I hope my settings are still there somewhere, because it'd suck having to redo all of them because Microsoft just randomly deleted a program from my computer hid a program, without informing me or asking me for my permission. It could've just disabled the program, prevented it from running - why delete hide it entirely? Are they that desperate to try and get me to use their terrible excuse for a Start menu?

So, just in case you're about to install this update - Microsoft will force Skype down your throat, and may randomly delete hide programs from your computer without asking for your permission.

Have fun.

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TimMiltz
Member since:
2016-08-03

Be careful people

Classic Shell distro servers were hacked today

They have fixed the problem.

It wipes your Master Boot Record and you will not be able to boot again without careful repair.

If your file size says 6.81 MB (7,148,732 bytes) You have the infected version.

The NEW one they have up as of now says: 6.88 MB (7,220,496 bytes).


More info at Classic Shell Forums under bug reports.

I got zapped, fortunately was able to rebuild the MBR, otherwise you will get a 'spade' character on boot bottom left with a false prompt.

Some users got a message 'Your adventures end here'

In that I only own Windows 8.1 retail, my 'free' windows 10, while I did upgrade ? is not longer free, as of July 29th. So, if I had not been able to repair my master boot record (I used Windows 7 repair CD, and selected 'fix startup problems' command line tools did not work)? I would have to go BUY Windows 10 all because of this CultOfPeggle virus that was responsible for this.

So sad that such a wonderful product- Classic Shell was hit the DAY people would be saying 'where'd my Classic Shell go' ? after the update, they go download it - as I did- and if they got the infected one - kiss your machine goodbye unless you even know what an MBR is. CultOfPeggle twitter page says 'this will be a survival of the trouble-shootiest' - most unfortunate for many today.

Edited 2016-08-03 04:09 UTC

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

kiss your machine goodbye


Thats exactly why I did not update any win 7/8 box to 10. Rolling releases, more so with a vendor like Microsoft, need permanent domain-knowledge what results in DAU's calling me for unpayed support-tasks to fix there "computer problems". Its already bad enough with them blindly executing every executable attached to a mail, what I can work around, but got way more worse with random breaks at bugfix-updates rolled out all at the same time without a way to delay, control or customize ie without a way to work around.

Edited 2016-08-03 13:04 UTC

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grat Member since:
2006-02-02

Mildly irritating, but throwing in a recovery disk, booting to command prompt and typing "fixmbr" no longer works?

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

You have to fuck about with parted to get things working again according to reddit.

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LibertyTrek Member since:
2010-06-09

In that I only own Windows 8.1 retail, my 'free' windows 10, while I did upgrade ? is not longer free, as of July 29th. So, if I had not been able to repair my master boot record (I used Windows 7 repair CD, and selected 'fix startup problems' command line tools did not work)? I would have to go BUY Windows 10 all because of this CultOfPeggle virus that was responsible for this.

This is completely wrong. Once you upgrade and activate, that PC has a digital entitlement. You can wipe the disk and do a clean install and it will auto activate - and if there is a problem, you can always call in and do the phone activation dance.

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quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Not infected though did download CS last night to see how new version would work, or not, when 10 updates.

https://youtu.be/DD9CvHVU7B4

What to do video, if infected

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cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

In that I only own Windows 8.1 retail, my 'free' windows 10, while I did upgrade ? is not longer free, as of July 29th.


You can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade if you use assistive technologies.

See here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

But hurry!! Microsoft is aware that this site, which works on the honor system, could be abused by able bodied users who missed the free upgrade deadline and will be taking it down in the next couple of weeks!

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