dr_st wrote on 2021-06-18, 06:05:
Hmm.. I was running a laptop for a while with a local Windows 10 account and I don't remember it bombarding me with hints to use an MS account.
As far as Windows trying to get you to use Edge.. I never see that even though I use Chrome almost exclusively.
Yeah, same here. I guess some people are just unlucky like this. Or maybe it's another difference of Home vs Pro?
I was running Windows 10 Pro on my video editing rig and it started asking me monthly to set up a Micro$oft account ever since it updated to 1909. I've tried permanently getting rid of it in every way I could find (from unchecking the “Suggest ways I can finish setting up my device to get the most out of Windows” box in Settings to the "ScoobeSystemSettingEnabled" registry key trick) and nothing worked. I ended up reformatting the computer with Windows 8.1 with Open Shell to get rid of it as it was really getting on my nerves having to put up with that annoying "Get Even More Out of Windows" screen every month.
The last time I used a Micro$oft account with Windows 10, I was having all sorts of issues including annoying notifications saying that I needed to fix my Micro$oft account, getting activity reports even though my account has no family associations, and activation issues when my computer's motherboard died. So now I generally avoid using a Micro$oft account on Windows whenever I can, which is why I'm hoping they remove the advertisements from Windows 11.
As for Edge advertisements, I remember getting bombarded with them on 1703 every time I launched Firefox after a certain point in time, and the option to disable the advertisement notifications was greyed out. On 1809, I was able to avoid them easily after disabling recommendations, but then they came back on my lock screen once M$ released Chromium Edge, so I resorted to disabling my lock screen after that fiasco. There was also a "feature" in a Windows Insider Build that would block the installation of other web browsers.
Micro$oft has been really aggressive with advertisements (including ads for their own products) on Windows 10, so here's to hoping that they put a stop to it on Windows 11. Otherwise, there will be more people switching to Linux soon.