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Why is my machine always connected to Microsoft?

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    Windows 8

    Why is my machine always connected to Microsoft?


    Yesterday I noticed that my machine always has one to two connections to Microsoft. From the searching I've done so far I think it may have something to do with Microsoft Windows Push Notification Services or MS onedrive. I thought that I completely disabled one drive and all apps yet I still see a constant connection? I have run wireshark and it's not burning up bandwidth it's just constantly connected and to be honest I really don't like that. Would really like to find out how to stop the connection(s), none of my other win 7 machines do this.

    Any help would really be appreciated.

    Win 8.1 home premium.

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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    If you use a Windows Live account to login, it will stay connected to Microsoft's servers, to keep your roaming profile always updated.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Big Broe23 is always watching.
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    Posts : 36
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    If you use a Windows Live account to login, it will stay connected to Microsoft's servers, to keep your roaming profile always updated.
    Hello, sorry I forgot to mention that I'm on a local account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUZ View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    If you use a Windows Live account to login, it will stay connected to Microsoft's servers, to keep your roaming profile always updated.
    Hello, sorry I forgot to mention that I'm on a local account.
    It will still stay connected to the Live servers even with a Local account. Especially if you have apps always updating on the Start/Metro screen. Along with checking for updates for Windows Defender, software updates, etc..

    You are never disconnected from Big Brother, unless you never connect the machine to a network connection that allows Internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Big Broe23 is always watching.
    Tell me about it. People tend to get upset when the OS or device manufacturer keeps a connection between your device or OS, when online or on a network.
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    Posts : 36
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BUZ View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    If you use a Windows Live account to login, it will stay connected to Microsoft's servers, to keep your roaming profile always updated.
    Hello, sorry I forgot to mention that I'm on a local account.
    It will still stay connected to the Live servers even with a Local account. Especially if you have apps always updating on the Start/Metro screen. Along with checking for updates for Windows Defender, software updates, etc..

    You are never disconnected from Big Brother, unless you never connect the machine to a network connection that allows Internet.
    Thanks for the info.

    Ubuntu 14.04 lts here I come....
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    Windows 8.1 (HOME not Pro) 64bit


    or you can block it with any firewall software... ofcourse this isn't a true fix but a start..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassfacer22 View Post
    or you can block it with any firewall software... ofcourse this isn't a true fix but a start..

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    Never thought of blocking via firewall. And what do you know, works like a charm (THANK YOU)!



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    Windows 8.1 (HOME not Pro) 64bit


    i have explorer.exe completely blocked.. as a matter of fact just to let you in on a little secret, I blocked everything except svchost.exe on 1 port because it needs it for DNS lookup..can't remember the specific port maybe 56? and i only allowed it to go to my router... thats my ruleset..


    but i blocked everything else.. i'm here posting right now..
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