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      AskWoody Lounger

      I became a fan of Opera back in the late 90’s. That would of been version 3. something, something. Hung in there with 12.18, using it as my default browser until mid 2018 and still have it on my desktop. After being sold to the Chinese and going Chromium with the Blink engine, I never messed with Opera after that. Every once and awhile, I’ll boot it up. I’m amazed that the Presto engine still works as well at rendering web pages as any Browser today. Another amazing thing was, someone had uploaded the all the source code for the Presto engine on to GitHub. It sat there for over a year before someone noticed it and took it down. My guess is, anyone who saw it, thought it was to outdated to mess with. The youngsters today, have no idea that many of the features they enjoy today on a browser, were innovations brought on by Opera. If Opera bites the dust, so be it. IMO; the real Opera bit the dust years ago!

      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      No more, I am done with it all! I’m so sick and tried of this Micro$oft **, with all the silly games they’ve played. For years now it’s been update… no don’t update… wait to update. Hide this, unhide that. Watch out for this telemetry. Sneaking in and not telling about things in the downloads! As I’m writing this, I have to laugh, even my spell checker is bewildered, it doesn’t know the word- unhide.

      I came here looking to find out about Servicing Stack Update KB4531786 and I did. I’m hiding it like I did with KB4530734 and turning off any future updates. I have Malwarebytes, Avast and Spybot to help me, going it alone into the great cyber unknown. I do feel some what relieved, knowing it’s all over and never having to deal the Micro$oft’s silliness it again. No big surprise to most Win 7 users that, Micro$oft has been treating it like a dirty orphan sock for years now.

      I’ll still be getting my advice from Woody and so many others on here. Of course adding in my useless comments too. Safe travels to all the other Win 7 users.

      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      Woody if you recall, I started getting nagged back in July with a email. I posted the screen shot of it the other forum Win7 beyond End-of-life/Introduction. Never did figure out how they knew, I was using Win 7. Thankfully that was the one and only I got.

      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      Thank you so much.  After finding out, Mic-SOB’s again added their telemetry BS, I was ready to throw in the towel. Giving up on all updates, till the bitter end of Win 7. I had already done everything you suggested long ago. The one thing I wasn’t sure about, if I downloaded updates with telemetry included, would telemetry reset what I disable and/or create new files that were deleted? Now I know the answer is No. Thanks again, your hard work is very much appreciated!!!

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      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      My best guess on how they knew my OS, is sniffing my Browser. That’s the only they would have known. I joined MS rewards program a few years back on Bing .com and still use it I get about $10 bucks a month off of them in the way of gift cards sent to my email. MS paid for my Mikita cordless drill and 7 1/4″ Skilsaw.

      I have no KBxxxxxx telemetry anything on computer. Everything in my firewall I always locked down. Started doing that years ago because, I’ve got some bootleg software and didn’t want it trying to get through to call home. Turned off my Browser location. The best they can get is the location of my ISP. Edited a couple of registry items with 0’s and no to Windows CEIP. Used Task Scheduler to double check CEIP was off. Windows Media Player I never setup. Prefer MPC-BE and Zoom Player. Unless there is something I forgot are don’t know about, Win 7 doesn’t talk to MS. The sad part of all MS silliness, if they had asked, I may have agreed to the telemetry. Of course MS doesn’t ask for anything, they demand. Don’t really have anything to hide from them, but it’s become a test of wills!

      I will say, if they plan the same telemetry sneakiness as last month, in these remaining months, I’m going quit with the updates altogether. It’s now early morning on the second Tuesday of the month, guess we’ll all find out that answer in a few hours.

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      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      Is anyone else getting e-mails like this? I’ve gotten two. One in July and now today.

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      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      The Browser I’ve been using is Vivaldi. Its the closest thing to my old friend Opera 12.18. Under the hood it uses Chrome’s search engine, but that’s where it stops. Everything else is from Vivaldi’s developers and they said they plan on continuing supporting Win 7 for at least the next three years.We’ll see if that is fact or not. There are no forced updates with it. It lets you skip a update if you don’t want it.  User friendly options and features.

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      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      I’m 67, and all you old dogs posting, make me feel like a kid again. I’m guessing most of you, remember when the Dead Sea just had a mild cough. Have whatever kind of day you want!

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      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      That’s a question I can’t answer. I was checking in at reception desk and notice Win 7 on display screen. I asked if that was Win 7? The twenty something  young lady said, yes and it’s the same for everyone working there. My best guess is, the hospital is paying Micro$oft to keep Win 7 going with security updates. Much like Uncle Sam and others do with XP. Being cheaper to pay for updates rather than changing to a new OS. Don’t know if that is a fact are not. I’m sure the twenty something young lady I talked to, doesn’t know either!

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      Jim C
      AskWoody Lounger

      I’m so glad to see this forum. Thank you Woody, so much! Like a lot of others, I don’t see why I should give up Windows 7, just because M$ has. For M$ it’s money. For me, it’s why fix something that’s not broke. Win 10 has so many wrongs, for me it’s become the deal breaker. Before this forum, I had decided to keep going with 7 on my own. Relying on third party software to keep me safe from the bad guys. Jumping ship to Linux Mint when that time comes. Kept Windows 98 SE afloat till 2010. Had to steal some system files from Windows ME to do that. Then drivers became my biggest issue. Didn’t feel bad about getting to rid of Fat 32 files either. Like XP, 7 isn’t going away. Here is one example. I live in St. Louis Mo. Last week, I was at our largest teaching hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital it’s connected to Washington University School of Medicine, ranked among the top 10 in the country. No, this isn’t a plug for them. What this is, I discovered, they are still using Windows 7. Having no plans on changing to Win 10 anywhere soon. Lets hope with this new forum, 7 has many years ahead of it.

      Window 7 Pro, 64 bit

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