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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Comment by lucas_maximus
by lucas_maximus on Wed 3rd Aug 2016 06:54 UTC
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Classic Shell was hacked.

TL;DR Classic Shell (and reportedly audacity) version 4.3 was hacked. Do not update it as it will overwrite your Master Boot Record.
General Safe Keeping: If a program says it's dangerous, don't install it. Check the certificate of the distributor to make sure it is the correct company.
Also remember that brigading will land you a ban regardless of reason. Stay safe everyone.

Which is why it was flagged.

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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by Morgan on Wed 3rd Aug 2016 13:32 in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
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Classic Shell was hacked.

Yes, it was.

Which is why it was flagged.

No, it isn't. It really was a compatibility issue, and regardless of one's stance on how Microsoft handled that situation, it had nothing to do with the hack. The hack occurred to the version of Classic Shell that was patched to fix the compatibility issue. Anyone running the Insider version of W10 and Classic Shell would have already seen that issue come up long before the hack/virus occurred.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

TBH I woke up the morning after Thom posted this with my mate posting me the reddit thread on skype.

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