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Deleting MS Photo App? Be Careful!

BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 1,974
Project 2501
edited August 14 in Off-Topic
Yesterday I had this Microsoft photo app thing that I don't want, need and never asked for, pestering me about how I wanted to sort my photographs and screenshots. Apparently, 224MB worth had been uploaded to this OneDrive that gets shoved on us, also whether we want it or not, with Win10 and has been made a bit more rude (as in "in your face") in the latest big "feature update" that we have no choice about installing. Okay - we could just stay offline forever but that ain't gonna happen, right? I actually looked into this because I was hoping it would give me some control over the start-up pictures that MS shows on my PC when signing in to Windows (it didn't).

Anyway, I went along to MS' own help site to find out how to ditch this unwanted and intrusive app (it did upload my photos and screenshots of its own volition, without so much as a "by your leave" after all...). Needless to say, they don't include an uninstall option - they want you to use their apps and tough if you don't like it.

Anyway, right there, on the MS help page for the photo app is a remark by some user, telling people how to get rid of it. Lots of likes - so probably can be trusted, so off I go and follow this chap's advice. Sure enough, the app isn't bothering me today.

However, yesterday I spent the entire morning putting together the latest pictorial guide for my website - it was a lot of work. Today I finished the procedure and took another 94 screenshots to be sorted and edited for the guide - only to find that all the screenshots I took yesterday had mysteriously disappeared. These are screenshots I had copied into a folder on my PC - not even on the C drive. To say I'm a bit miffed would be the understatement of the year.

Spoiler contains a bit of a rant so if you aren't interested, don't bother - won't do you any harm not to read it :)

It's not the advice given - that's okay and I don't blame that chap - he was trying to help, after all. I blame Microsoft for behaving like software dictatorship and abusing their customers repeatedly with, seemingly, no regard for thier customers privacy (only their wallets) and seemingly untouchable by and above any laws. Oh I'm sure their extensive T&Cs have some clause buried deep inside amongst all the blah blah that says they have our permission to do this. The fact that they are one of the most disliked (hated is not too strong a word) corporations in the world speaks for itself. For all the good stuff they do, they turn it to nought by behaving the way they do.
Google aren't much better, either. I bought an android smart phone two years ago - first one I've owned (I think a phone should be a phone, not a bulky social networking machine) and I was curious - the map is great, it has helped me find certain events in the past. But it also uploaded my entire contacts list - complete - to the internet. Even taxi phone numbers were on there. Something I was completely unaware of until I started digging around my Google Drive settings. I wonder how many people have all of their and their friends details uploaded, and are totally unaware of it. When my contract was coming to an end I exchanged my smart phone for a normal clamshell job - though it wouldn't surprise me if Google have that all uploaded as well.
The reason I'm angry isn't because they do all these things (and note how these big corporations are all U.S, based - which has me wondering, as I know nothing of US laws), it's because you have to take preventative action to stop them doing it (if at all possible) rather than them asking first or offering the option to do it. "Shoot first and ask questions later" comes to mind.

Wow - can't remember the last time I went through one of my posts and had to edit out so many obscenities - says a lot.







Comments

  • BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 1,974
    Project 2501
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,327 Power Poster
    Why on earth should you edit your obscenities? I don't bother and it hasn't done me any harm!
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 1,974
    Project 2501
    edited August 14
    It's my age - I'm supposed to be wiser as well as older... :|




  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,327 Power Poster
    Fuck that for a game of soldiers. I can't stop fucking swearing  :o :p
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,327 Power Poster
    Bollocks.
    "This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

    Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever
  • EwenGBEwenGB Posts: 15
    NerveGear
    Brixmis said:
    I tried to view your link ant it wont connect... suspicious?
  • kojackkojack Posts: 4,636 Volunteer Moderator
    EwenGB said:
    Brixmis said:
    I tried to view your link ant it wont connect... suspicious?
    It works fine for me.
  • RattyUKRattyUK Posts: 463
    Trinity
    @Brixmis ; - are you using Win 10 Pro or Home?   I only ask as the Pro version permits putting off the 'feature' updates for up to 12 months...

    May I also recommend Spybot Anti-beacon  - a little utility that permits switching off much of the telemetry and other unsocial content Microsoft wishes we have running as default.
    Had to laugh at your self-imposed profanity filter in your posts - us 'old-gits' are odd that way.
    PC info: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero, 16GB Tforce Pro Dark DDR4 3200, Gigabyte GTX 1080, Samsung 850 Pro M.2, 2x 240GB SSD, 3TB WD Green HDD & 4 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD, Corsair Modular 750w PSU, custom watercooling loop. (Win 10 Pro & Opensuse Leap 15 Linux) 32" AOC 4K Monitor.

    Laptop: Aorus X5 V6-CF1 (I7-6820HK, GTX 1070, 2* 256GB M.2 NVME, 1TB 7200 HDD 3K screen)
  • BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 1,974
    Project 2501
    Is this thread still around?

    Completely forgot about it... and can't really be arsed re-reading it :p

    btw Ratty - it's Home. Don't need anything more (don't need the majority of what they put in Home, either, but these days there's only two choices).




  • RattyUKRattyUK Posts: 463
    Trinity
    I didn't realise it was so old...  Only seeing the 'latest' bit and reading the whole thing without even glancing at the dates!
    PC info: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero, 16GB Tforce Pro Dark DDR4 3200, Gigabyte GTX 1080, Samsung 850 Pro M.2, 2x 240GB SSD, 3TB WD Green HDD & 4 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD, Corsair Modular 750w PSU, custom watercooling loop. (Win 10 Pro & Opensuse Leap 15 Linux) 32" AOC 4K Monitor.

    Laptop: Aorus X5 V6-CF1 (I7-6820HK, GTX 1070, 2* 256GB M.2 NVME, 1TB 7200 HDD 3K screen)
  • BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 1,974
    Project 2501
    Well it's not that old - people have been resurrecting 2-3 year old threads recently, as though they were just posted - I was surprised to see this back on page 1, though. I vaguely remember the gist of it now - just another nail in MS coffin via Windows 10 (well, we can live in hope...)




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