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Microsoft forces installation of PC Health Check app on most Windows 10 PCs – Computer – News

I wonder why Microsoft is trying to push this through automatically again. Given this kind of previous actions you would say that they know that this puts bad blood in a good number of people.

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Microsoft forces installation of PC Health Check app

The application is now being rolled out to users. Microsoft says that users can remove the application themselves via the settings of Windows 10. However, according to BleepingComputer, there are also users who cannot do this. The tool would reappear after a new Windows update, and in some cases the removal would fail.

It’s this kind of crap, which has been getting worse and worse since Windows 8, that I finally decided to ditch Windows and switch to Linux.

Admittedly, I started that switch 15 years ago. It was always stopped by:

1. PlayOnLinux + Wine didn’t work well (enough) for the games I play. (Even though I often play old games; my latest game at the moment is from 2016.)
2. You either have a rolling release (Arch), or a lagging distro (Debian).
3. I really needed a hardware calibrated monitor (semi-pro photography).

However, since 2005 I have been using open source software whenever possible.

In July I made the umpteenth, maybe tenth attempt. Regarding the above points:

1. Lutris + Wine is gold. I currently have 10 (older) games installed, with 100% success. Certainly the ability to have its own prefix for each program with its own Wine version and settings is perfect.

2. Solved using Flatpak. The OS could be a bit older in my opinion. Now I’m running Debian 11 Bullseye, and since this is a 2016 computer (i7-6700K, GTX 1070, 32GB RAM), kernel 5.10.x is fine. However, there are already newer kernels in backports. I’m fine with running KDE 5.20.x for 2 years or so. In that regard, I don’t need the latest every week. Applications that I want to keep up-to-date (GIMP, OpenOffice, Caliber, etc…) I now install via Flatpak.

3. I no longer shoot semi-professionally, so software calibration (DispCal with Argyll) is sufficient.

In the meantime, I have booted Windows 10 2-3x in 3.5 months.

Windows 10 is constantly changing things in the background. The layout of the start menu changes. Software is being installed that I don’t want (apparently now the Health-Check app again, while I already know that Windows 11 won’t run here). If this computer supported Windows 11, I wouldn’t even be surprised if one day I booted into the system and was presented with a Windows 11 installation downloaded and set up the day before.

I am certainly not “afraid” of new things, but I want to install them when it suits me, and if something new does not meet or works unpleasantly, then I want to be able to change it to the way it was, or in a way that I like find.

Debian Stable works as I was used to from Windows 7. I can install that OS and bug fixes and security fixes are coming in. For the rest I would assume that the OS does not change, and that no software is installed without my knowledge. Applications don’t change either, except the ones I WANT to update. They are installed via Flatpak.

I’m not sure exactly how long a version of Debian will last, but I think it’s “Stable”, “OldStable”, and “OldOldStable”. Bullseye is now in “Stable” and just got out; there is a release roughly every 2 years. So if Debian doesn’t change that policy drastically, that means if I leave my apt/sources.list targets set to “Bullseye”, this computer won’t change for almost 6 years from now, if I wanted to. (Except the applications installed via Flatpak.)

On the one hand, that seems super-boring, but it does allow me to work with a computer for 6 years without a hitch, before having to look again at an OS upgrade if I want to. Or I can upgrade every 2 years; which I probably will.

Now my computer is back to how I want it to be; it runs the software I want, and there’s no constant nagging about “Do you want this? Do you want that? Do I need to update this? Would I update that for you?” You get a nice icon in the systray, and that’s about it. And you can install those updates whenever it suits you.

I will soon disassemble this computer to put the cabling in order again and to put the hard disks / SSDs in the right order. Then I restore the Debian installation, and Windows 10 is then reinstalled on its own little SSD of its own, in case I need a Windows installation. (Think of updating device firmwares, for which often only a Windows program is available.)

My next computer (probably to be built sometime after Debian 12 comes out in 2023) may not even get a Windows install, because my laptop still has Windows 10. I think I’ll end up with one OEM windows install somewhere on the desktop or a laptop, for cases like this one.

My girlfriend is not an advanced computer user. Firefox / Internet, E-mail (in the browser), some file management of photos and documents and OpenOffice, and that’s it. The only program that matters to her is Scrivener; and it works (as far as I can tell) in Wine. Windows is getting _so_ annoying that even she is open to buying another laptop without installing Windows, Linux, and installing Scrivener in Wine/Lutris. She’s been watching me for a bit (KDE, by the way), and she’s like: works just like Windows, but with different colors and here and some different names…

Like Microsoft, you have lost a lot of ground if you annoy “normal” people (= non-technical people who don’t have the computer as a hobby) so much that they consider using something else, even though Windows/Office is the only thing they know since 2003.

Good luck MS; you will not see me again, unless there is REALLY no other option, such as (often) when updating firmware in hardware.

[Reactie gewijzigd door Katsunami op 28 oktober 2021 13:47]

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