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

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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Pro users also loose functionality
by Jokel on Wed 3rd Aug 2016 06:52 UTC
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Those that use Windows 10 Pro to be able to use some group policy's, will be glad to learn that you no longer have to do that difficult stuff. Those that want to keep using them can better upgrade to the Enterprise/Education edidtion... Or roll back to Windows 8/7.

Take a look here:

Also - Windows 10 does not longer give you the chance to switch off Cortana, and you are not longer able to turn off Microsoft consumer experiences policy.

Nice touches huh?

Edited 2016-08-03 06:52 UTC

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avgalen Member since:

Now these are some valid concerns! Luckily enough there are workarounds for everything but why Microsoft decided to do this can only be explained by them wanting to have more people on Enterprise Edition.

(There is edition creep as well again, with an Enterprise Education. It used to be that Enterprise/Ultimate was the highest edition, but now you have Education and Education Pro above that. They really should just release a Home version, maybe a Pro version, and all extra features should be pay-a-bit and enter a license key to prove you are allowed to use that feature.

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segedunum Member since:

That is ludicrous. Pro is well used in businesses and the only difference is supposed to be with the volume licensing.

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darknexus Member since:

Guess they don't want business folks getting excused from their marketing and ads.

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acobar Member since:

.. the only difference is supposed to be with the volume licensing

Not really, there many small things you can do on Enterprise and Ultimate that you can't do on Professional version. Just to cite one, Applocker doesn't work on the last (you can set rules but they will not be enforced).

Edited 2016-08-05 09:06 UTC

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