Windows 10 Worst Features Installed On Windows 7 And Windows 8 - Twice


Senior member
Oct 24, 1999
MS must be desperate. I have auto updates completely disabled in my win 7 rig. I plan to use Autopatcher or WSUS from now on.

Don’t want Windows 10 because of its excessive privacy invasions? Well those reasons have now disappeared but only because Microsoft is trying to bring them to Windows 7 and Windows 8 – for a second time…

Yes, in a quite bizarre move Infoworld spotted Microsoft has simultaneously reissued no less than four controversial user tracking patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Stranger still in an attempt to get them onto more computers, Microsoft has even reclassified one as ‘Important’ so it will now install automatically on any PCs and laptops running default Windows Update settings (read: the vast majority).

The four patches are:

1. KB 2952664- a secret snooping patch first pushed to Windows 7 back in April. Officially described as merely a “compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7″, Infoworld discovered it actually adds a program to the Windows Task Scheduler called ‘DoScheduledTelemetryRun’ which sends usage information to Microsoft even for those who have specifically opted out of the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).

2. KB 2976978 – last issued in June, it is a scanner which sends diagnostics to Microsoft from CEIP participants. But the sneaky bit: if you let it scan it automatically signs you up to the CEIP program, which then gives Microsoft full usage tracking rights over your computer.

3. KB 2977759 – another diagnostic scanner, this one analyses computers to see whether their hardware is compatible for upgrades to Windows 10 and sends the data to Microsoft. Which leads us nicely onto…

4. KB 3035583 – this patch contains the infamous ‘Get Windows 10’ nagware pop-up which anyone who hasn’t upgraded to Windows 10 will likely have disabled by now. Well Microsoft thinks you need reminding, because now it has been reclassified as ‘Important’ and will therefore install automatically. So prepare for those Get Windows 10 pop-ups to start appearing again.

For those who don’t know Microsoft has a habit of reissuing patches it deems important now and again, but to push out a flurry of hardware analysis, Windows 10 upgrade compatibility and Windows 10 upgrade prompt patches simultaneously is far from subtle.

Windows 10 Upgrade Pressure Is Excessive

In fact these four re-releases come just one month after Microsoft formally admitted it has started automatically downloading the full Windows 10 upgrade (over 3GB) onto all Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers – even for users who specifically stated they do not want to upgrade.

“For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade,” justified the company in an official statement at the time.

All of which leaves a somewhat bitter taste in the mouth. To date Windows 10 has done brilliantly and Microsoft confirmed over 110 million installations have already taken place (how many were reinstallations due to crash loops, is an obvious joke) so it doesn’t need to play such a forceful game.

Just a few days ago Microsoft showed the other side of its character with a positive, enthused event which delivered stunning newMicrosoft devices full of real innovation. But its behaviour with Windows 10 continues to show some of the company’s less desirable characteristics still remain…


Platinum Member
Oct 4, 2006
Yeah my man cave. I also have your suggested updates that should not be installed. Just thought it was funny that it was reported by Forbes.

ohhh my bad, I missed the link as I was browsing from my phone. My apologies man.

Funny this MS BS updates is getting the attention of everyone! This crap needs to stop seriously.