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Windows 10, frivolous Apps & Services are constantly running in the background, on by default

Microsoft Windows 10, frivolous Apps & Services that are constantly running in the background by default, unless you go into your Privacy Settings to specifically turn them off.

MS apps running in background
  • Alarm & Clock
  • Calendar
  • Get Office
  • Groove Music
  • Maps
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Movies & TV
  • People
  • Phone
  • Phone Companion
  • Photos
  • Skype Video
  • Store
  • Twitter
  • Weather
  • Xbox

Even more annoying is when they keep on running even after you’ve exited the App or application; you then have to manually go into Task Manager to ‘End’ or ‘Kill’  the task to stop it guzzling up precious CPU %

Is Windows 10 Spying still a problem?

https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/64gmd0/windows_10_spying_still_a_problem/

Here’s a list of what Microsoft collects during a typical Windows Update – basic mode:

Update events

Update360Telemetry.UpdateAgent_DownloadRequest

This event sends data during the download request phase of updating Windows.

The following fields are available:

  • ErrorCode The error code returned for the current download request phase.
  • PackageCountTotal Total number of packages needed.
  • PackageCountRequired Number of required packages requested.
  • PackageCountOptional Number of optional packages requested.
  • ObjectId Unique value for each Update Agent mode.
  • SessionId Unique value for each Update Agent mode attempt.
  • ScenarioId The scenario ID. Example: MobileUpdate, DesktopLanguagePack, DesktopFeatureOnDemand, or DesktopDriverUpdate
  • RelatedCV Correlation vector value generated from the latest USO scan.
  • Result Result of the download request phase of update.
  • PackageSizeCanonical Size of canonical packages in bytes
  • PackageSizeDiff Size of diff packages in bytes
  • PackageSizeExpress Size of express packages in bytes
  • FlightId Unique ID for each flight.
  • UpdateId Unique ID for each update.
  • PackageCountTotalCanonical Total number of canonical packages.
  • PackageCountTotalDiff Total number of diff packages.
  • PackageCountTotalExpress Total number of express packages.
  • RangeRequestState Represents the state of the download range request.
  • DeletedCorruptFiles Indicates if UpdateAgent found any corrupt payload files and whether the payload was deleted.

Reddit Source: Does a version of Windows exist that doesn’t spy on you?

 

See also:   http://itvision.altervista.org/why-windows-10-sucks.html

more digestible version: http://www.game-debate.com/blog/19188/why-windows-10-sucks

The server {CLSID guid of component} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout.

microsoft.com technet support Explanation:
The Component Object Model (COM) infrastructure tried to start the named server; however, the server did not reply within the required timeout period. There might be a deadlock, or the program might not have responded to the server initialization code within the timeout period of two minutes.
GUID: 1B1F472E-3221-4826-97DB-2C2324D389AE and BF6C1E47-86EC-4194-9CE5-13C15DCB2001 – these GUIDs have been determined to be associated with a Microsoft SkyDrive maintenance tasks configured to run at 3:00 am in Microsoft Task Scheduler on a Windows 8.1 Pro workstation. The task says: “Performs OneDrive file sync when the computer is idle.” and it shows a failure with Error code 0x80080005. Most probably this issue occurs when there is no SkyDrive enabled account configured on the computer.

 

User Action:
If the problem continues to occur, contact the program vendor.

To determine the program vendor

  1. Using Regedit, navigate to the following registry value
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{clsid value}\LocalServer32
    The clsid value is the GUID information displayed in the message.
  2. In the right pane, double-click Default. The Edit String dialog box is displayed. Leave this dialog box open.
  3. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  4. Using the information displayed in the Value data box of the Edit String dialog box, navigate to the program.
  5. Right-click the program name, and then click Properties.
    The Properties dialog box for the program is displayed.
  6. To determine who the vendor is for this program, refer to the Version tab.

Additional options:

If you do not need DCOM you can disable it in the following way:

1. Set the EnableDCOM Value Name, a string (REG_SZ) data type, at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\OLE to N.

2.Shutdown and restart your computer.

3.For Windows XP (or WIN 8) & Windows Server 2003, complete the following additional steps:

A. Run Dcomcnfg.exe.

B. Expand Component Services.

C. Right-click Computer and press Properties. For a remote computer, right-click Computer, press New, press Computer, type the ComputerName, right-click the ComputerName and press Properties.

D. Select the Default Properties tab.

E. Clear the Enable Distributed COM on this Computer box.

F. press Apply to disable DCOM.

G. Press OK and exit Dcomcnfg.exe.

H. Shutdown and restart your computer.

DirectX 12 baked into Windows 10 preview

DirectX 12 is already baked into the operating system.

In Windows 10  run dxdiag.exe, then look for the DirectX Version Info at the bottom of the System tab. Boom! DirectX 12.

dx12 dxdiag
DXDiag.exe in Windows 10 build 9926. (Click to enlarge.)

But before you get too excited, remember that the mere presence of DX12 in Windows 10 is essentially useless until graphics drivers and other software are released to take advantage of Microsoft’s new gaming API.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2875094/directx-12-just-sneaked-into-windows-10-but-you-cant-use-it-yet.html