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Big Brother Is Watching Windows 8.1

  1. #1

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    Big Brother Is Watching Windows 8.1

    Check out this sequence of events:

    1-Did a clean install of Win 8.1
    2-Downloaded a custom theme
    3-Wiped hard drive clean
    4-Did a clean install of Win 7
    5-Wiped hard drive clean
    6-Did a clean install of Win 8.1 (again)
    7-First boot of 2nd clean 8.1 install showed custom theme (download in step 2) as desktop

    I did establish a Microsoft account as it appeared to be required so it must be collecting some information but what else might it be collecting?

    Update: It also installed (step 6) with System Restore disabled (which I did right after the first install: step 1).

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  2. #2

    The previous Windows 8.1 configuration data has been stored and it is being synced to your current install. To avoid that you need to turn syncing off.

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  3. #3

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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview

    Hi vrosa,

    Thanks for that logical explanation. However, I was sure I saw an eyeball staring at me from the top-right corner of the screen... or maybe it was just that Siameze Fighting Fish blowing a few more air bubbles.

    Thanks again,

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    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot

    That was Google watching you!!
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  5. #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    That was Google watching you!!
    Aha! I knew I recognized those eyes!
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  6. #6

    If you provide a invalid E-mail id or password during install, it will give you the opportunity to create a Local Account to login with. I did this last night and it worked great.
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  7. #7

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    Windows 8.1

    After you've disabled sync, you can delete any previously synced data from your account here.

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