Windows 10 is free like apps are free, like facebook is free. You are the product. Your personal information is far more valuable to the government, to advertisers than $50, $100 or $200 dollars you might pay for it.
When you actually read the privacy agreement from Microsoft it will blow your mind.
Mandatory Disclosures we may access, disclose and preserve your personal information, including your private content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:
(1) comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process from competent authorities, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;
(2) protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;
(3) operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or
(4) protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.
Mergers and Acquisitions If we decide to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganise our businesses in certain countries, this may involve us disclosing personal data to prospective or actual purchasers and their advisers, or receiving personal data from sellers and their advisers.
This is essentially carte blanche to spy on you. The NSA doesn’t need a backdoor anymore they have the front door. And millions of people just say “hell yeah it’s free, look how much better it is than windows 8! I can stream my xbox one games to my computer!”
Just wanted to post a word of warning. If you know anyone thinking of updating to windows 10 send them this post. If I left things out let me know in the comments or comment in the thread on the forum.
If you’re looking for an alternative to this orwellian nightmare I would highly suggest.
This installs the wonderful Arch Linux but with a much easier GUI setup.