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They are keeping track of us

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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7

    They are keeping track of us


    Today I was really amazed.

    History: In November, I installed the Win8 DE on my HP desktop. Then I got a new Dell desktop on Christmas. I cleared the disk on the HP and gave that system away.

    Now I just reinstalled Win8 DE on my new Dell. To my great amazement it not only found my desktop picture that I had used on the HP Win8 installation but it also made the setting for the German qwertz keyboard I used at the time - whilst I now use a US qwerty keyboard.

    They must be keeping that info at the MS site, because there are absolutely no common denominators between my old HP system and that new system - different disks, different keyboard, different everything.

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  2. #2


    Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    Posts : 4,115
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04


    Wow, that's quite strange actually. I've never heard of something like that happening. But if you logged in using the same Microsoft account, that's quite possible. It is a little scary too though. What else are they keeping at MS about us?
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    ...they upload an .sql file from your computer every day, with info on location, sites u visit, anything they can possibly use...
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    It get even weirder. The wife had to remind me. The data was from my Win8 installation I made in Germany on my system there. I never actually had it installed here in FL before today.
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    Windows 8 pro Retail


    *Looks around* I also heard, that MS has obtained secret files from Area 51 too, and with the alien technology has found a way within
    Windows 8 to track our heartbeats, brainwaves, blood pulse, etc.. ALSO heard if you are a female and currently pregnant that while using Windows 8DP they can send an electronic pulse that will give your child male/female Bill Gates's genes!!

    The Truth is Out There!!!
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    ...they upload an .sql file from your computer every day, with info on location, sites u visit, anything they can possibly use...
    Quite scary
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  7. #7


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    During this custom installation, I have unchecked all this stuff. I wonder whether it helps now.
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    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Be AFRAID, be VERY AFRAID!!!
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    Am I int the right place?
    Helsinki
    Posts : 340
    Windows 7 x64 Home Premium / Commodore OS Vision / Windows 8 Release preview


    Actually that heppn for me too.

    When i reinstalled Win 8 DP and enabled the online sync (after installation) suddenly, my wallpaper changed what it was, my typing language changed, and start screen.

    Nice feature, but bad when they do it in apple style D:
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  10. #10


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yeah, it was not convenient. They had set my German keyboard, but now I am in the US with a US keyboard. I wish they would at least ask rather than dump that on you.

    They ask permission for everything, but when you delete something to the recycle bin, they supressed the confirmation. It goes straight thru. In exchange they ask for 3 confirmations if you want to restore that same item from the recycle bin - that's odd.
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