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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Removing partitions doesn't sound right, even for Microsoft. I suspect they nuked any non-Microsoft bootloaders. I saw this happen on late versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, where they just made the partitions unavailable.

If this happened to anyone, I'd like to see two things before I am sure they nuked an actual partition:

1. The report from GParted. This usually tells you everything.

2. The Windows Disk Management tells you everything that it wants you to know, but I don't think it hides anything on purpose.

As someone who has been installing multi-boot systems since the mid-90's, it is very uncommon to not have Windows think it owns the boot sectors. Oh, wait, they do!

Well, they should be nice and share. But in recent years I've noticed that sometimes Ubuntu messes up my partition table.

My guess is that Grub2 will find the partitions, but these days you never know.

I still find that I don't care about what Windows 10 uninstalls, but I care greatly that there seems to be something odd with the file system. I'll copy a file to a folder. It isn't there when the copy finishes. I hit F5, nothing changes. I go to another folder and come back, and the files are now showing. Hey, guys, the file system is everything.

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I hope it's just windows being more strict about what the partition tables looks like.

But even if it's just that: this has already been shows to make certain USB-sticks and external hard drives unreadable under windows. So for Windows only users that data looks like it's gone. If people use external hard drives for backup, etc. for example these people will be very unhappy.

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