Windows 10 update changed my personal settings---WHY???

Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709 just installed itself on my computer. I checked the details of the so-called new features. There's absolutely nothing there that I need or want. But I had no choice. During the update, Microsoft changed my display language and turned on password protected sharing. It also deleted the quick start toolbar from my taskbar. There may be other changes that I haven't found yet.

At no time during the update did I receive any notification about these changes. Every time Windows 10 updates, I have to spend hours tracking down and fixing unwanted changes.

Why do you do these things, Microsoft? Is there a setting that lets me protect my personalization settings from your stupid unwanted "feature" updates?

 

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Hi,

Based on your description of the situation, your experience with the recent update have removed your personal settings. We recommend that you send us a suggestion through our Feedback Hub so we can consider this to be applied for our future updates. Our developers are working hard to provide better features on our applications to be implemented. To send a suggestion for this application, follow the steps below:

1. On a Windows 10 device, search for “Feedback Hub” in Cortana search, then launch the app.

2. Navigate to Feedback in the left menu, then press + Add new feedback.

3. Select the Problem, and share any details you think are relevant, and choose an appropriate category and subcategory.

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5. Once you’ve completed the form and monitoring, click Submit.

6. Click Continue using Feedback Hub.

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9. Click Copy link, then paste the link here in your response (it will look like https://aka.ms/<unique link>).

 

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So your best solution is to send feedback to Microsoft? Does Microsoft need user feedback to know that it's very annoying and disruptive to have settings randomly disrupted without warning every time Windows 10 is updated?

Why don't you provide a real answer to my question?

Is there a way to protect my personalization settings during Microsoft's _compulsory_ updates? YES? NO?

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Yes, we do need user feedbacks to let our developers know what are the necessary things that must be done in order to achieve our goal to have a user friendly interface.

Major updates make changes in the operating system. It also affects user interface and settings. This is normal due to changes in adding or removing of features. If you want to retain your user settings, it is best to turn off the automatic update. Visit this link: Windows Update: FAQ to know where you can find this option. Once there, expand the “How do I keep my PC up to date?” drop-down article and go to the “To turn on automatic updates in Windows 10section to see the instructions and perform the opposite way.

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"it is best to turn off the automatic update"

You can't actually do that. However, it is now possible to delay feature updates for up to a year and quality updates (including security improvements) for up to a month. The feature updates have been the most troublesome and least useful for me, so I've delayed them for four months to allow me to check content and the user reaction. The quality improvements I've left at 0 days delay because of the security implications.

I don't think this delay option was available in the original Windows 10. It's a welcome addition that should have been there from the start.

Also, if Microsoft is going to mess around with users' personalization settings, they should at least give notice of that and issue a list of settings that are likely to be affected. Windows 10 is the most difficult version to personalize because of the cut-down personalization system, and I've been losing hours fixing things after every "feature" update.

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If the updates don’t suit your preferences, you can always postpone them. Microsoft releases cumulative updates in the future based on the discussion and information collected from the Feedback Hub. Visit this link: Defer upgrades in Windows 10 to know how to pause incoming updates.

Like you did, you can wait once you already submitted a suggestion to our Feedback Hub. Deferring updates feature was already available to version 1607 systems.

Let us know if you have other concerns.

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There's nothing new about that. I first noticed that behavior in Windows 7. I also notice it in Microsoft Office, which gets updated the same way as Windows.

Updates frequently replace files with newer versions of the same file. If a file being replaced held some of your settings, those settings are going to back to the defaults.

It may be appealing to surmise that sinister Microsoft is forcing its will on unsuspecting users, but it's not nearly that dramatic. Which is not to say that Microsoft doesn't try to force its will on users. But this is not an example of that.

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I don't suspect Microsoft of sinister motives, just incompetent programming plus a total lack of consideration for user needs.

I've found that user settings stay intact through Android updates, but with Microsoft Windows anything can happen.

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Android and Windows are two entirely different operating systems. That's not an accurate comparison.

Do you really think that an organization employing thousands of the most talented programmers anywhere is incompetent? Your attitude is clouding your judgement.

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Android and Windows are both operating systems with user interfaces that provide numerous options. Both undergo regular updates. I think the comparison is quite valid. If I have an attitude, it's been shaped by long experience with Microsoft products and their problems.

I'm sure Microsoft has thousands of competent programmers. But as an organization they're  incompetent at reading user needs and managing their resources to meet those needs. Windows has major defects going all the way back to 3.1 in such areas as networking. Office used to be an excellent suite but they've completely ruined the user interface with the ribbon and the single-document interface in Word.

In both Office and Windows, instead of fixing bugs, Microsoft creates feature bloat and instability.

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You have got to be kidding me!  I received a notice that asked if I wanted to select a later time--I hit the drop down box to select a future time and it immediately began the upgrade not giving me a chance to pick a later option.

There is not enough information prior to determining to accept the upgrade to even make a reasoned choice.   After the upgrade completed users received a information routine to help inform users of the wonderful and grand changes we now have an option to use.  (Only 1 of the features was anything I am remotely interested in pursuing.)  

What Microsoft developers need to understand is that many of us would like to activate modules that are germane to us and be given a chance in advance to make an informed decision what we would like to buy pass completely.  

Issues:   Where did the restore point feature disappeared to?  It was an extremely useful feature.  Would like it back.

              Upgrade caused me to have to reinstall and reconfigure my Epson scan system.  Had to resort to husbands Vista system to get any work done.  

              I get an initial blue screen on power up prior to with window sign in that says "User Name or Password are incorrect" but it continues to              the windows log screen anyway.

             Turned on Skype to God and the World when I had previously very purposefully shut it down completely.

Recommednation:  Introduce a Windows OS that allows users to pick certain modules and omit ones they have security concerns about or just do not want to include such as the "social" side including Skype.  I want a secure system that I can trust for financial work, business production and photo/video design but do not want "social" hosting of any sort.

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