Microsoft why oh why do you keep on doing sneaky things to your loyal users? You are back to your old tricks. Sneaking your way back into older software like Windows 7 and 8.1. Oh Yes, we are really surprised you did this. You have been slipping your cheeky telemetry software with an update.
Windows 7 and 8.1 users are surprised to receive a “security only” update rollup. People are unaware that it actually hides some telemetry spyware that they have designed to allow Microsoft to keep tabs on your usage.
The telemetry software was there was supposed to be there to make the end-of-life experience for Windows 7 and 8.1 users as stated by Microsoft’s previous rollout last July 2019. The thing of it is, this includes Windows 8.1 which in fact does not reach its end of life until 2023 and they completely lied about it.
This is totally deceiving since they say that it is a “Security Only” update and is originally designed to supposed to stop these types of things in the first place. Even Windows 10 telemetry has already been ruled as illegal in the Netherlands. Computer users do not want this bullshit on their computers.
They have been saying that they are doing this to have an inside track until it reaches its end-of-life.
Since Windows 10 was released, all the other previous versions are supposed to eventually end at its own pace. But that is still 3 years from now and that is what people knew all along.
What is telemetry? Basically it sis the collection of measurements or other data at remote or inaccessible points and their automatic transmission to receiving equipment for monitoring being done on our computers. In short they are gathering data remotely from our computers and that is just not right.
To see if you have telemetry on your computer, check your Task Manager for the processes ProgramDataUpdater, Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser, and AitAgent. Officially, there’s no telemetry according to Microsoft. But multiple teardowns of the apps by security experts have reported that its exactly what it is.
Microsoft should be straight forward instead. They would earn our respect if they just said it in our faces just like this – “We are about to send you this and here is what it does, would you agree to it?”. Just being transparent would make a huge difference to users. Although they have good intentions, they do not always know what is good for us.