Additionally, getting that debug version does actually require signing a restrictive license...
What you will find is mostly reasonable debug data, feature click and run traces and OS memory and driver state dumps. Obviously some of this might be critical data nobody should ever get.
Microsoft provides symbols for both release and “checked“ (debug) builds
Same with accountants and some dental offices.
Luckily I did find one that does encrypted off site backups three times a week, and fired his last secretary for clicking okay on a windows warning overlay that installed malware once.
Not a lot of data points, but so far 1 out 20 or so sensitive professions I have polled are using windows completely ignorantly of the privacy ramifications.
I would speculate (read: hope) that at least in a hospital, they’ll be running the Enterprise version and have it properly configured not to leak data by IT staff who know about HIPAA compliance.
The average small physician’s practice may be a very different story, however.
And handling a multi million dollar suit is nobody's idea of a good time when there is no payoff.
What's the point? If you're using Windows you already lost. Use a FOSS OS if you care about your data, it's really the only answer.
Of course Microsoft could be lying but in that case you shouldn't be using their OS. To borrow a phrase: They have root. If you don't trust them then you don't trust your PC.
This is absolutely the core of the problem with windows and Microsoft. Of course I don't trust Microsoft or any other third party. In addition, I don't trust any government, including our own. Even if I trust Microsoft, once the info is on their servers, any government agency can easily access it. Same thing with third party companies that Microsoft might sell the data to.
So to clarify, if you don't trust Microsoft, or you don't trust any of their partners, or you don't trust your government or any government in the world that Microsoft is subject to the jurisdiction thereof, then you don't trust your windows pc. That's a lot of trust that no logical person would ever have. Incredible how Microsoft managed to pull this off and convince millions to just open up their computers to so many untrustworthy organizations in the world. It goes without saying that a company like this is untrustworthy, hiding behind legalese and lies.
Is this really an option? I'd posit that even many hardcore Linux folk keep a Windows partition, VM, or secondary PC around.
There's a whole planet out there. Your computer doesn't need to be the only thing that occupies your time, it doesn't need to be perfect, it doesn't need to do everything.
1) Don't bother testing what I write
Occasional Windows use seems like a great compromise.
Everyone would love to switch to linux, except "I can't do X on linux, and I must have X". People are literally addicted to PCs, I think it's unhealthy.
It's not just about spending all your time using computers or addiction.
I would like to switch to Linux but there's no screencast video editing tools that are comparable to Camtasia that run on Linux.
I wouldn't call that an unhealthy addiction for sticking with Windows. It's a necessity for my line of business.
I have hundreds of screencasts I recorded where I record my desktop and sometimes a webcam in the corner. These screencasts are put together to create a video course, so they need to be super polished.
With Camtasia it takes seconds to add really really nice looking tooltip pop ups, various text styles and arrows, smooth zoom / pans and even really neat animations that can be applied to anything.
For example check out the intro video on https://diveintodocker.com/. That entire animation (and video) was made in Camtasia in a few minutes without needing to do anything other than drag a few sliders around until the speed was right and it looked reasonable. Camtasia is an all purpose screencast editing tool but they have no Linux port.
I tried everything. Kdenlive, Lightworks, Shotcut, Open Shot, DaVinci Resolve and even Blender. They are all much much worse than Camtasia for editing screencast style videos (which are mostly around adding context related popups, dimming areas of the screen, adding text overlays, zooms, etc.). Worse as in, after 8 hours of trying to reproduce that Docker intro in Kdenlive I still didn't have anything that looked good with nothing in sight that would hint that I could do the things I could do in Camtasia. That was as of 2 months ago too.
I'll admit, my experience with video editing is quite minimal. I understand your reasoning for choosing the software you choose. My position is still don't use Windows.
'nickjj has eloquently described the problems with pretty much everything available on Linux and I agree with him. I use Resolve, which does run on Linux, for video editing--but that's not the same thing he's talking about and I too use Camtasia on that dreaded, dreaded Windows for recording and editing down those sorts of presentations. Because to not do that would probably take half again as long, make for a worse end result, and have a direct impact on the likelihood of those clients buying from me or hiring me again.
Sneering zealots are weird, man. Don't be That Guy.
Check my other reply at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19282459.
As a 99% Linux user (do very rarely used Wine and some VMs count as Windows installs?) I find this wrong when applied to real life scenarios. "Normal" users, the ones who would neither dare nor enjoy recompiling their kernel to squeeze out a few megabytes of free RAM, treat a PC just like a tool to get some work done (think a pair of scissors or a screwdriver, could anyone imagine someone wearing a black t-shirt showing their favorite screwdriver brand?).
Those people are forced to use a PC because not doing so would mean being slower than other people, which in this society equals to lose a job or not meeting the requisites to get one. I'm pretty sure very few of them would waste their time at the PC if they could get the same results by themselves.
The right approach to help people abandon the Windows world is making their Linux experience as much painless as possible, which requires compromises on our part. I've converted some people in recent years (thanks also to the UI nightmare MS themselves created from Windows 8 and beyond) And never ever abandon them when they're initially lost because they're used to do something "the windows way": all my Linux installs for previous Windows users have a Windows (XP/7) like UI  and all Libreoffice installs save documents in Office 97-2003 format by default. I always offer them to evaluate Linux for a while, then if they find it unsuitable I'll install Windows back for free, no questions asked. So far I had only one person asking to go back to Windows, but he needed to use a proprietary software that didn't even work under Wine (more likely it was its copy protection). We need to adapt our approach to them, and not the way around, for we know both worlds while they have been exposed to a digital monoculturalism during their entire professional life.
 please, XFCE developers, consider changing the horrendous default look: it makes no sense having two panels eating space on a light DM that often is being chosen for laptops with limited vertical pixels. I know it takes a minute to correct that, but we want to help new users. Willing to help on that if anyone tells me how to turn a customized setup into a .deb package that might also pull a few dependencies (mostly themes). Having a nicer look as a third option when starting it for the 1st time would be even greater IMO.
I no longer install or support Windows in any way for friends and family. If all the 'computer people' in everyone's lives quit helping them, Windows would finally die off because it's a crap product.
The only sizeable groups of Linux users I know of to keep a windows partition are newcomers who want to be able to retreat to it, and previously gamers, though the latter is not really the case anymore since proton appeared.
Over half my Steam games do not work properly with Proton.
Otherwise, I've had pretty good luck. A couple have required some tweaks, but otherwise it's been pretty easy.
Anyway, yay to no more VFIO/passthrough.
I hate this "argument". I am running Ubuntu myself for half a year now but there is no chance to get Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud to run smoothly on Ubuntu. You will absolutely need macOS or Windows for that.
And lots of people need professional applications like those to earn money. Not everybody can be happy and good to go with $texteditor and a bash.
If you absolutely need an application that isn't available on Linux, maybe Linux isn't right for you, at least not all the time. But there are tons of applications that are available on Linux. If you're not dead-set on Photoshop for example, GIMP is there. If you don't specifically need Acid, Ardour exists.
And plenty of people aren't musicians or artists and can get by pretty well with just a web browser, hence the popularity of Chromebooks. Browsers work just as well on Linux as on Windows or MacOS.
Glad if it works for you, because you might not need some specialized software, but it is not an universal rule and people tend to forget that and treat non Windows-free users like they are too stupid to see the alternatives.
There are just no good alternatives for media professionals when it comes to things like Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign. Other solutions lack compatibility or generate quirky output. Sometimes you need the real deal and it's no question of "liking" Windows.
This was my initial point. It's not so easy as "if you don't trust Microsoft you shouldn't use Windows." If that's an option, great. But it often isn't an option.
I think I'd get overly frustrated transferring files, but if you have a good solution for that...
Microsoft proves over and over again that they are not trust worthy. I agree you shouldn't be using their OS, but sadly many people don't consider this a choice since it comes pre-installed on most PCs.
Make sure you reboot after running it, disable telemetry again and do another reboot. Only then all three telemetry features will remain off.
It‘s a shame that you have to work against your OS to protect your privacy. Use Linux unless you need Windows for a good reason.
Use at your own risk.
Quietly retrieving documents without user permission is not acceptable.
> But that does NOT guarantee or prove that there is documents privacy in any way.
Using that specious logic you could say the same about any software on your machine.
If we dont trust the OS, why would we trust it to be honest and display what it's actually reporting.
You can't be sure until you wiretapped the communication and looked for yourself.
Tech journalism is quick to print stories of malfeasance in the privacy/security area, but they've done very little to inform readers of accountability or legal obligations that are enforced by government entities. This leads to general distrust and unproductive online conversations.
If you're interested in privacy/security, you should be paranoid about this stuff, but don't mistake yourself into thinking that Microsoft operates in vacuum of unaccountability.
(Disclaimer, MS employee, and I have to state that this is my opinion)
The actual information we have indicates that isn't the case. If you disagree, then I'd suggest you dig up something supporting that viewpoint.
Then pack it in and go home.
In theory you want the file causing the crash as it makes figuring out the fault many times easier. The problem comes in when this is your financial records being sent off to Microsoft
not really, the answer even says it's his guess.
It's one thing to argue that they don't do that sort of thing anymore, but quite another to pretend they never did it in the first place.
Even if you argued that, you'd be dead wrong - they won't reveal which Android patents they use for extortion, till very recently pushed for adoption of the FAT32 filesystem so they could extract patent fees from that. Now that those patents have expired, they're doing the same with ExFAT, all while lobbying against open document formats, and deliberately making their own as difficult to work with as possible.
That's all just from the top of my head, without even going into Windows 10.